Sunday, August 14, 2022

Calling All Pets: Hellen ‘Kitty’ Keller is short on sight but large on love

This week's adoptable pet is recovering from eye surgery --- so the video may be disturbing to young children who don't understand the cat's medical background. But don't worry, Helen is doing just fine and has plenty of love to give.

(Video advisory: Parents may want to explain to young viewers that, despite the stitches, Helen ‘Kitty’ Keller, is recovering and is otherwise happy and healthy.)

PENDER COUNTY — At nearly five years old, what Helen Kitty Keller lacks in vision, she makes up for with personality.

Although she cannot see, Helen Kitty Keller still enjoys playing with a special feather toy. Animal Shelter Manager Jewell Horton makes takes care to position the feather where Helen can easily grab it. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Although she cannot see, Helen Kitty Keller still enjoys playing with a special feather toy. Animal Shelter Manager Jewell Horton makes takes care to position the feather where Helen can easily grab it. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

“She came from a home where the owner had passed away,” Pender County Animal Shelter (PCAS) shelter manager Jewell Horton said. “She would be the perfect kitty for someone who wanted a loving lap kitty.”

Born with a degenerative disease called microphthalmia, Helen’s eyes were shrunken and had caused her many difficulties. To alleviate those potential problems and eliminate the pain that she might be suffering from, a medical procedure was necessary to remove the eye tissue that remained.

“The eyes are pea size or smaller and they have no sight or incredibly limited sight,” Horton explained. “And over time the eyes continue to shrink.”

A staff favorite, Helen has endeared herself to many of the PCAS personnel. She enjoys being petted, having her ears scratched and the smell of freshly opened tinned cat food.

Due to her lack of vision, however, Horton advised that Helen be placed in quiet home.

“Helen came from a home with an elderly woman,” Horton said. “She can’t see, so she can’t get out of the way of rambunctious dogs.”

Pender County Animal Shelter shelter manager Jewell Horton gives blind Helen Kitty Keller added attention. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Pender County Animal Shelter shelter manager Jewell Horton gives blind Helen Kitty Keller added attention. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

Friendly with other cats, Helen is looking for a forever family that can offer her a calm life with lots of love as an indoor only cat.

“She just wants lots of love and scratching,” Horton said, “all that’s left is just a loving cat.”

Helen Kitty Keller is available for adoption at PCAS. Prospective adoptive families may contact the shelter directly, at 910-259-1484.

The stitches might look bad, but Helen is far better off after her surgery. In fact, she's a happy lap cat. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
The stitches might look bad, but Helen is far better off after her surgery. In fact, she’s a happy lap cat. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

Samira Davis is a contributing writer for Port City Daily, focusing on animal issues in the Cape Fear region.

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