Brooks’ Story

Who can remember the beautiful Brooks, the kitten who needed eye surgery a few years ago? Here’s a reminder of his story and an update of what’s happened since.

Brooks came into our care when he and his siblings were found at only a couple of weeks old without their mum. Whilst being raised in a foster home it soon became clear Brooks was a little bit different from his siblings as he was bumping into things. After a consultation with our vet it was decided the best course of action would be to get a specialist appointment with our friends at Optivet. 

During this time Brooks’ siblings went off to their new home and one of our volunteers mum was so touched by his story and was desperate to foster him and offer him the life he deserved. Brooks packed his bags again, with us knowing whatever happened, there was no way they would be able to give up this beautiful boy. Lucky Brooks had also found his forever home! 

After his first appointment the diagnosis was that Brooks had cataracts in both eyes and surgery was an option. We then set up a Just Giving page to raise the £5000 needed to perform the surgery. With the help of our amazing supporters the money was soon raised and Brooks was booked in for his surgery. 

Fast forward to the day of his surgery; during his pre op checks the team at Optivet found that Brooks now had advanced retinal atrophy, which heartbreakingly meant the operation was no longer an option. 

As we still had £5000 raised for Brooks, it was decided the money would be used for any future care he would need until the money ran out. This means we have been able to support Brooks’ new family with routine check up’s at Optivet. 

Late last year there were concerns that Brooks’ eyes had deteriorated further, resulting in pressure behind his eyes which was causing him some pain. He was on eye drops 6 times a day and with the pressure fluctuating, the decision was made to remove both of his eyes.

Luckily there was still plenty of money left in Brooks’ fund which meant his owners didn’t have to pay for the surgery. 

We are pleased to say Brooks is doing incredibly well after his surgery and his brother and sister are helping his mum and dad look after him. At the top of the page you can see photos of Brooks as a kitten, before surgery and after surgery. 

Thank you to all our staff, fosterers, volunteers, vet teams, supporters and of course, his forever family who have helped us give Brooks the best life which he fully deserves.

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