Buddy The Cat Rescued And Ready For Adoption

Sick, bleeding and starving to death, one four legged friend is lucky to be alive.  They call him Buddy, an orange Tabby cat who two weeks ago was found in Tyler State Park.

"He was begging," said Buddy's rescuer Maxine Harris.  "He was begging for help."

If Buddy could talk, he would most likely tell you about his heroes Maxine Harris and Dr. Jason Beard.   Two animal lovers, one a veterinarian and the other who just saw a cat in need.

"My co-workers told me there is a cat outside, and I'm an animal lover, especially cats. So I went outside and Buddy was under the hedges in obvious distress," said Harris.

Buddy had open wounds, mange that covered most of his body and a temperature of 105 degrees.

"I'd never seen a living thing in that bad of shape still alive. The whole time we worked on him, he never tried to scratch or bite," said Harris.  "He just laid there with his eyes closed, trusting us completely."

Harris said she knew Buddy needed medical attention and Dr. Beard answered her call.

"He (Buddy) does have a viral infection called Feline Leukemia, so that tends to slow down the healing process on a lot of these wounds. But he has come a long way, and he's gained weight, and we are looking for a home for him," said Dr. Beard.

A loving home, Harris said, for a loving cat that fought to survive.

"After going through a struggle like that, I think he deserves a second chance," said Harris.

Dr. Beard said Buddy will be ready for adoption as soon as next week, but because Buddy has Feline Leukemia, it's best he go to a home with no other cats.  If you're interested in adopting Buddy, call the Humane Society of East Texas at (903) 597-2471.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com