As you may have heard, we have a resident Superman at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.
Clark arrived at the shelter on Sunday, August 24th with gun shot wounds in his two front legs. He was rushed to the animal emergency clinic for urgent treatment and care. He is currently resting comfortably at the ARLGP, on track to heal over the next several weeks.
Clark was a stray cat, living in a neighborhood for the past three years. Neighborhood residents provided Clark with food and outdoor shelter. On Wednesday, August 20th, Clark got into a scuffle with a neighborhood child. The local animal control officer was called, and the decision was made to shoot Clark, as it was deemed he could be rabid. After being shot, Clark ran away. He was found on Sunday the 24th by a neighborhood resident, who brought him to the ARLGP.
While Clark’s situation is certainly unique, the ARLGP takes in stray animals every day. Out of the 4,000 animals we care for annually, over half of them are brought to us as stray. Clark’s situation can serve as reminder to always report a stray animal in your community to your shelter. Your local shelter is your resource to provide care and medical treatment to community animals. Often, stray cats become ‘community cats’ when residents care for them without ownership. Your local shelter can ensure that stray cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and placed into a loving home.
For animals like Clark, who come to the ARLGP in need of emergency medical care, our Cassandra L. Carson Emergency Medical Fund allows us to treat the animals immediately at a local emergency veterinary hospital. Consider making a donation to our Carson fund, to help us continue to provide emergency care to stray and un-owned animals in urgent need. For Clark’s care, the Gorham Police Department has offered to reimburse the league for his medical expenses.