A cat who was in very, very dire straits is happy and healthy again thanks to a trucker with keen eyes and a big heart who spotted him in the middle of the road.
It was March 30th, and Jake Heiar was on Highway 151 headed towards Cedar Rapids, IA when he saw a cat in the road.
“I saw him flailing around,” said the 38-year-old trucker according to The Gazette. “I just figured any good person would turn around.”
So Heiar did just that, parked his rig, and grabbed the cat out of the middle of the road. It looked like the tabby had been hit by a car, so he wrapped him in his coat, put him in the passenger seat of his truck, and headed for Cedar Rapids.
On the way, he called the SAINTS Rescue and Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids. There, emergency vets told Heiar that the cat had a collapsed lung, his femur on one leg was sticking out through his skin, two other femurs were fractured, his pelvis was fractured, and more. In most circumstances, the cat would have been put down, but instead he underwent multiple surgeries over two days. He was then kept in critical care for multiple days afterwards. And in the end, the cat beat the odds and survived.
“He allowed everyone to work with him and handle him, even though he was in quite a bit of pain,” Jan Erceg, medical coordinator of Critter Crusaders, said.
When naming the cat, it was an easy decision for Erceg. They named him Jake, after the trucker who scooped him up off the road.
In the months since he was rescued, Jake the cat has been recovering nicely. And on June 7th, at an annual fundraiser for Critter Crusaders, Jake and Heiar were reunited.
“It was a good feeling to see him again and see how good he is doing,” Heiar said. “I just hope somebody else would have done the same thing.”
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