Meow was found living outside a hotel in Hoi An, Vietnam where he was fed daily by hotel staff.
Somehow, he had been caught in a trap set up by cat thieves for the cat meat trade and luckily, was able to escape. But he suffered from multiple injuries.
The trap had tightened so much around his leg he suffered from a large, open wound and was in a lot of pain. Fortunately Meow was brought to a rescue center at Vietnam Cat Welfare, a FOUR PAWS partner.
His physical examination revealed he had both recent and prior entanglement with a snare. On his left front leg, he had multiple scars and on his left hind paw, he suffered from a large, ulcerated wound. Meow was given immediate care including oral antibiotics and daily bandaging and wound flushing. It was almost a weak before his wound began to heal and he could walk normally on his leg. Now, two months later, the wound is almost healed but still requires daily care. But the emotional scars still remain.
"It's miraculous this cat survived and was able to escape being trapped so many times. He definitely has nine lives," shared Katherine Polak, Head of FOUR PAWS' Stray Animal Care Southeast Asia.
Fortunately, when Meow's wounds have healed he will be adopted by one of the hotel staff members who fed him and loves him very much. But other cats are not so lucky.
Thousands of cats who are trapped and brutally killed for human consumption.
In Vietnam, cat meat goes by the name "Thit Meo." Central Vietnam is home to a rampant cat meat trade with pet and stray cats stolen daily. Most are sent to Northern Vietnam, near Hanoi, for slaughter but some can be killed in cat/dog meat slaughterhouses locally.
When at the slaughterhouses cats are subjected to a brutal fate. They are drowned in big cages, put in a poultry de- feathering machine or set on fire to remove their fur. Their suffering is immense and their lives are ended way too soon.
What is FOUR PAWS doing?
FOUR PAWS operates a program in Central Vietnam called Cats Matter Too. This program collaborates alongside local groups Vietnam Cat Welfare in Hoi An and PAWS for Compassion in Da Nang to provide desperately needed rescue services and free spay/neuter clinics. Cats Matter Too also offers workshops to improve awareness about the brutal cat meat trade and why these animals should be treated humanely.
But FOUR PAWS is not just active in Vietnam. Our team is working actively in Indonesia, Cambodia and Thailand to help bring an end to the dog and cat meat trade and save more precious lives like Meow's.