Cheeta and Buddy

Cheeta was found alone and injured on the street in Tehran. The couple who found her noticed her crawling and unable to walk. They took her to the vet clinic where she was diagnosed with hernia requiring surgery and it was also decided the injured front leg be amputated due to a nerve disconnect which may eventually result in deformation of her spinal cord, frequent wounds and other ramifications. They took amazing care of her post-surgery and reached out to OPR to help bring her to the US for a better future.

Buddy, the beautiful Persian cat was neglected his entire short life while living in a dirty balcony with humans who could care less about him. Thanks to an animal lover, residing in the same complex and witnessing his living situation, they insisted that the family give up the cat and eventually they did. He was taken to the vet. He was suffering from a gum infection which was addressed and later he was moved to a boarding place while we looked for a traveler willing to bring both Cheeta and Buddy to the US.

Due to Buddy’s flat nose, the only way we could put him on an airplane was to find someone willing to carry him onboard. Lucky for us, one of our OPR family members, who has adopted a dog from us, kindly offered to accompany the two cats. Buddy got to travel in style inside the cabin with her.

Our beautiful travelers were welcomed to Washington DC last week. Cheeta had a foster to adopt home lined up for her in New Jersey. He was transported there the next morning, while Buddy is staying with a foster to adopt family in Germantown.

Thank you to everyone who took part in their rescue, including their sponsors, and to everyone who helped transport the cats to their foster homes.

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