Team leader at Vetwest South Perth, Madison Hammond wanted to share the story of the now, aptly named, ‘Captain Jack’ and his story from streets, to friendship, to surgery and a new chance at life.
Vetwest has a great relationship with the City of South Perth Rangers and we are constantly working together to improve the stray cat situation in the area. Vetwest rehome many stray cats to loving new families every week. Recently, Ranger Natalie contacted us regarding an absolute spunk of a stray cat who had a congenital malformation of his right eye causing him pain and trauma. Unfortunately, this can mean bad news for our stray friends but the Rangers at the City of South Perth all thought he was too amazing for such an early end and so they banded together to convince the Shire to pay for enucleation surgery. After meeting G114 (now Captain Jack!), all the staff at Vetwest South Perth were in agreeance and also in love. We tested Captain Jack for Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and both returned negative. With some amazing behind-the-scenes work by Vetwest management, we agreed to perform Captain Jack’s surgery at no cost, and give this wonderful little guy a chance at a new life.
A huge thank you to Dr. Marilyn from Vetwest Canning Vale for coming in on her day off and performing the surgery, Dr. Chris from South Perth for assisting and supervising and to all the nurses who were involved from start to finish. Captain Jack has now been picked up to go to an affiliated rescue organisation from the City of South Perth and we know he will live a much happier, more comfortable and certainly longer life now!
We are proud of the work we do with stray cats in the community and Madison wanted to share Captain Jack’s story to highlight the amazing work that goes on behind the scenes with our strays on every level, from the nurses who do the day-to-day care, the vets for providing medical care and our management who continue to allow us to support the stray cats in the community.
"I feel very fortunate to work for a company that provides these opportunities to us and the community." said Madison.