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Hillside Haven, Home for differently-abled cats and various other rescued animals

| November 3, 2010

Hillside Haven is a home for differently-abled cats and various other rescued animals. We provide sanctuary and healthcare for the animals so that they can lead a full and happy life. Hillside Haven aims to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and differently-abled cats and the possibilities they can still have as loving pets. Based in Durban, South Africa, Hillside Haven is an organisation which relies solely on the goodwill and financial support of its dedicated volunteers and especially from the general public. At present, our sanctuary cares for 83 cats, 7 dogs and various recued reptiles and birds. Many of our cats are blind, missing limbs or disabled in other ways, but visitors to our sanctuary would be hard-pressed to pick out the differently-abled cats. They get on so well in their protected environment that their disabilities become irrelevant.

Hillside Haven was started by Dr Taryn Turner who has more than a decade’s experience in rescuing and rehabilitating cats and kittens. As a homoeopath, she looks after the health of the cats and has developed many natural health protocols for them. Our residents come from all over Kwa-Zulu Natal (and some from even further afield). Their backgrounds are varied. Whilst out jogging one morning, a Bluff resident heard rustling in the garbage that had been put out for collection. When he investigated, he found a packet of newborn kittens. When they were brought to Taryn, they still had their umbilical cords attached. One of the kittens, Tallulah, ended up staying at the sanctuary. She has lost all of her teeth but it hasn’t made a dent in her appetite at all.
When a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology arrived at work one morning, a security guard ran up to her and said he had been anxiously watching a kitten on the roof of a very high building and was worried that she would fall off. With some very daring moves, the security guard managed to get the hissing, spitting bundle of fur off the roof. It was then that they discovered that one of her legs was missing. It seems that the kittens had been living in the air vents and it’s likely that the leg was cut off by a fan. When she arrived, we took her to the vet and had the rest of the leg surgically removed so that she didn’t succumb to infection. Lucinda joined the little kitten trio in Taryn’s sons’ room and has become part of their gang.

Ged

Ged

Ged was rescued from a petrol station in the KZN Midlands – his rescuers saved him from a crowd of people who were throwing rocks at him! He has radial hyperplasia which means the bones in one of his front legs are twisted, and he walks on the back of his ‘wrist’. Understandably, Ged is still not keen on people and who can blame him? Yes, I would like to sponsor Ged!

Leonard

Leonard

Leonardo and his brother were born in a factory in Pinetown. Their mom was feral and the kittens received very little care when they were little. When they got to us, they had terrible snuffles. Leonardo developed serious complications from the snuffles and started to have seizures. He had severe brain damage and was left blind, partly deaf and with very little sense of hearing. It doesn’t stop him being quite high up on the pecking order – Leonardo’s policy is to strike first and ask questions later. Yes, I would like to sponsor Leonardo


Andriel

Andriel

Andriel was about one year old when he was rescued from a feral colony where we presume he had been dumped. One of our volunteers, who feeds over 200 cats in and around Durban every day, noticed the new arrival was dragging one hind leg. She set a trap for him and he was so starving, he just dragged himself into it. The vet’s diagnosis was that his hind leg had been hacked with a panga (a large garden knife) – the previous strike marks of the weapon were clearly visible. The injured hind leg was amputated but this wasn’t Andriel’s only woe. He was skeletal and was covered with ringworm and mange. Today, it is hard to recognise Andriel as the same woeful, hairless, hideously injured little skeleton who arrived at the sanctuary one year ago. He still avoids people like the plague (and who can blame him?) but will allow Taryn to approach if she minds her manners (and has food in her hands!) Yes, I would like to sponsor Andriel

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Hillside Haven is a home for differently-abled cats and various other rescued animals.

Hillside Haven is a home for differently-abled cats and various other rescued animals.

Contact Person: Dr T Turner
Tel:– 084 4555 529
email: hillsidehavensa@gmail.com
Website:
www.hillsidehaven.co.za

Banking Details:
Dr T Turner
Nedbank, Umhlanga (135329)
Acc no: 1353 0484 70

Category: Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources, Felines Disabilities & Medical Conditions, Feral Cats

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