Auburn (WSYR-TV) -- A severely injured cat in Auburn now has a second chance at life, thanks to some good Samaritans.
The cat, named Phantom, had half of his face destroyed when he was hit by a car in October. He was also fighting a horrible infection when Cindy Ryan rescued him.
"Somebody had to help, it doesn't matter how bad he was, someone had to step in,” Ryan said.
Ryan has stepped in to help hundreds of cats over the years in Auburn, from finding stray cats homes, to getting them spayed and neutered. Ryan says Phantom is an example of how many animals fend for themselves, and are in need of help and compassion.
Ryan volunteers her time and says when she got the call about Phantom, she felt an instant connection with him.
“His personality is just out of this world. He's an excellent patient. He loves to be held and he purrs constantly,” Ryan said.
Phantom has already had two surgeries and is scheduled for a couple more. The vet says in about a month or two, he should have hair and fur covering his wound. Once he’s cleared to leave the vet, the hope is to find him a forever home.
The CNY Cat Coalition
is raising money to help pay for Phantom’s medical bills. If you’d like to help, send donations to them and be sure to note that you want the money to go toward Phantom’s surgery.