(Thank you to B.M. for translating our Japanese blog post into english!)
On May 4th, in the middle of the golden week holidays, I made our way to the shelter. I didn’t take our usual route due to heavy traffic. A big event at the Tokushima Zoo had cars backed up for miles.
Driving along, I noticed something at the side of the road. We see the victims of traffic accidents all to often and I always pray it to be a boot, or t-shirt or something other than an animal. No such luck this time. A black cat lifted it’s head in confusion. Trying hard to move it’s body in vain.
Hit by a car, we rushed the cat to one of the few vet clinics open for business due to the national holidays. An x-ray proved what we already knew, her back was badly broken just under the shoulder blades.
A while back we had a similar case with a dog that we named Chibi Mac. Although we tried our hardest, we were unable to save Chibi Mac. Again, we vowed to do all we could to save her and to give her a quality of life worth living.
We named her Satsuki. The old Japanese name for the month of May. After a worrying first few days, Satsuki began to eat on her own. Her purrs and meows told us she would be alright. She is now enjoying her life with her best friend, Melinda, who is also specially-abled.