Barney spent the majority of his life on the streets, surviving several winters and a harsh life in the open air. He was extremely unwell when he was ultimately rescued, and he was brought to the Chatons Orphelins Montréal rescue facility for emergency medical assistance.
The fluffy kitten appeared to have received food from residents in the area where it was discovered, but its disease was caused by its years on the street.
When he was examined by the veterinarian, it was revealed that he had not been neutered, that his body was covered with battle scars, and that he had tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).
The rescue center’s director, Celine Crom, said:
«The kitten was from a nearby area (in Montreal, Canada). He made it through the winter because he was able to fend for himself despite one of his ears freezing. He was fed by the residents in the area, but no one looked after him. Everyone was accustomed to seeing a large stray cat.
The kitty was having difficulty breathing since his nose was totally plugged. One of his ears was injured by frostbite as a result of the cold; he also required dental care as well as treatment for ear parasites and mites.
Despite his frailty, Barney desired to be cuddled and showered with attention.
The rescue center went on to say:
«This enormous teddy bear approached us and asked for our devotion. He had big cheeks and a lot of muscle. He needed to be the king of his street.
Barney’s diseases were treated with drugs given by veterinarians. He was perfectly healthy and ready to be sterilized when he was about two months into his recuperation.
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‘When he came back after spending the winter outside, he had a lot of damage.’ He was fortunate that we discovered him in time to help him. When Barney is sleeping, he now snores a little. Due to the cut on his eyelid, one of his eyes is still a bit watery. It will remain this way, as shown by the vestiges of its past in the streets. But we adore him and think he’s one-of-a-kind.
During his rehabilitation, volunteers Mathilde and Patricia welcomed Barney; he was hesitant and attempted to hide when he heard sounds and people, but that improved with time and when he received love and pampering in his foster home.
The rescuers went on to say:
“In just a few weeks, he adapted rapidly and transformed dramatically.” He enjoys attracting attention and requests hugs on a daily basis. The fearful young child has transformed into a genuine teddy bear who enjoys waiting at the entrance for visitors.
Barney’s desire of finding a permanent home came realized after nearly six months had elapsed since his rescue and his health had totally recovered.
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«He found his ideal mate in responsible folks who cared about his life and heritage. To seek attention, he speaks a lot and follows his people everywhere.