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Cat saved from brink of death

A West Kelowna woman and her five-year-old cat are breathing easier thanks to the charity of a local vet. 

Two weeks ago Rebekka White's cat, Boo, dragged himself into the house missing fur and bleeding profusely. He had been attacked by a dog and sustained several bite injuries to his body. 

She rushed him to Burtch Animal Hospital where he received stitches and was sent home. She thought all was well and waited for Boo to heal. 

"Then Boo hid for four days," says White. When she eventually found him again and picked him up, his skin separated and pus oozed from the wound - he was in agonizing pain and appeared to be on the verge of death once again.

White got Boo in the car and sped to the nearest vet she could find, which turned out to be Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital. The cat's eyes were rolling back in its head and White began to say her goodbyes.

"When I got there, I was like 'just put him out of his misery, he's in agonizing pain,' she says.

However, Dr Moshe Oz felt that with a five-year-old cat, already in the clinic they should try surgery - but it would be expensive. He estimated the surgery and drugs would cost around $2,000.

"I just told him I don't have the money and he told me he would donate his time to me." 

White explained that she didn't have that kind of money as she had just graduated from university as a mental health worker and is buried in student loans. 

In the end, Oz charged White just under $1,000 for the whole procedure including pain medication and antibiotics. 

"He had Boo there for almost two days and then I brought Boo home. Since then, I've had to go back almost every two days because Boo keeps ripping his stitches open - I've probably been to see him 10 times now and he hasn't charged me for any of those visits."

White says it's incredible because this was her first interaction with Dr Oz. "I don't know him or have any connection to him. He's doing it purely because I didn't have the money and I'm a new graduate - I told him how incredibly grateful I am."

Moving forward, White says Boo is now an indoor cat. He lost his claws in the battle with the dog and is now defenceless. 

The antibiotics are working and he is active again. However his outdoor excursions now take place in a screened carrier that White puts on her driveway. 

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