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하반신이 마비된 고양이도 사랑스럽다(동영상)

다샤(Dasha)는 태어난 지 4개월이 갓 지난 고양이다. 지난 3월 초, 볼티모어의 동물보호센터에 오게 된 다샤는 보기 안쓰러운 모습이었다. 문에 끼이는 사고를 당하면서, 허리 아랫 부분이 마비되었기 때문이다.

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하지만 현재 센터의 보살핌을 받는 중인 다샤에게는 이제 고통이 없다고 한다. 놀라운 회복력을 유지하는 중인 데다, 자신이 가고자 하는 곳이면 어디든 갈 수 있는 힘도 생겼다. 물론 다른 고양이들과는 다른 방식으로 움직이지만 말이다.

보호센터의 스텝들은 다샤에게 별명도 붙여주었다. 바로 ‘인어공주 고양이’다.

아래 영상에서 다샤가 움직이는 모습을 보도록 하자.

Dasha the Mermaid Kitty Needs your Help

FRANKY FUND ANIMAL, DONATIONS NEEDED. This is Dasha. We can’t even imagine the life this sweet, four-month-old girl had before finding a safe haven here at BARCS. When Dasha was just four weeks old, she was accidentally slammed in a door. It took Dasha’s initial owners more than two months before taking action and bringing Dasha to the vet, or elsewhere for help.Now, Dasha appears to be partially paralyzed from the waist down. She does have some feeling in her back legs but cannot use them to get around.When Dasha arrived at our shelter she was soaked in her own urine, from not being able to use her hind legs. She does, however, have anal tone and can go to the bathroom all by herself. Though she's still mastering the art of the litter box, Dasha is currently using a diaper to keep her neat and clean.Be assured, Dasha is happy. She is not suffering. This wonderful baby is loving, affectionate and completely trusting of humans, even after all she’s been through. You can see in the video how she promptly “mermaids” across the floor to get a loving hand to scratch the side of her face.Dasha is being set up with an appointment with our generous Franky Fund neurologist to see the extent of the damage, but we're not optimistic that she will regain the use of her legs. Luckily for Dasha, the absence of pain, means she can still live a good life—under the watchful eye of veterinarians—and remain the magical mermaid kitty she already is.We are hoping to use donations to have a custom-fitted wheel chair made for her, and cover the costs of her veterinary appointments.We are entering this medical journey with Dasha with no way of knowing how much it is ultimately going to cost to give her the best life possible. But, because she’s fought this long, we are prepared to care for her however she needs, and then ultimately—when she is ready—find her the best adopter.We are able to help pets like Dasha because of community support and donations. Our shelter just had the top trending viral video in the world. And while it was amazing press for our organization, we did not receive any increase in donations. Now we need your help.We honor the lives of pets like Dasha by using funds from our Franky Fund to save them—send them to the best specialists in our area. Just because we are a shelter, does not mean that animals get anything less than superior care.Any donations made exceeding the cost of Dasha’s medical bills will help other pets who need emergency care—there will be dozens more special, medical cases this month alone.Donate for Dasha’s care at https://bit.ly/BARCSdonate

Posted by BARCS Animal Shelter on Thursday, March 3, 2016


볼티모어 동물보호센터의 홍보책임자인 베일리 디콘은 다샤가 “생후 1개월이 되었을 무렵, 사고를 당했다”고 전했다. 하지만 당시 다샤의 주인은 2달이 넘도록 다샤를 수의사에게 데려가지 않았다. 이후 수의사를 통해 하반신이 마비됐다는 사실을 알게 된 주인은 치료를 거부했다고 한다. 그때 수의사가 다샤를 위해 동물보호센터에 연락을 했던 것이다.

그러한 우여곡절에도 불구하고, 지금 다샤는 사람들의 사랑을 받고 있다. 센터 측은 “다샤가 모든 사람들을 좋아하고, 매우 친근하게 대한다”고 전했다. 뿐만 아니라 자신에게 손을 내미는 사람들을 향해서는 역시 자신만의 방식으로 다가가려 한다고 덧붙였다. 몸이 마비된 고양이도 어디까지나 고양이다.

 

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