Izard in the arms of his foster mom, Moira Maguire. (Photo: Jessica Johnson, THV 11)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Last week, kitty fever hit THV 11 staffers when they spent part of Thursday and Friday taking care of an injured cat found on Izard St., where the station is located.
A week later, some of the THV 11 staff and Donna Easley with Help 4 Paws (who provided comfy new cat beds, too!) visited the little guy, appropriately named Izard, at his foster home in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood, for an update on his condition.
UALR history professor and FuRR's Facebook manager Moira Maguire is Izard's foster mom. FuRR's (Feline Rescue and Rehome) mission is to improve the lives of felines by spaying and neutering, along other types of care.
Through working with FuRR, she's known for helping feral cats become healthy and social so they can be adopted into their forever homes. She said she has been fostering cats since before Hurricane Katrina, and is enjoying her time with Izard.
"I want to expose him to people, get him socialized," said Maguire.
Since his rescue, Maguire told the THV 11 staff that the Joey lookalike wouldn't let her touch him for the first few days he was in her home. But since then, he's beginning to warm up to her, allowing her to hold him and is even showing interest in playing.
In fact, during THV 11's visit, Izard played for a longer amount of time than Maguire had seen in the week she's had with him, and she's so proud and can't wait to start playing with him even more.
And for more good news, once the foster-care period is over, Izard already has a forever home opportunity. Details to come soon!
Izard has had a busy week that included being neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped by Dr. Cole Bierbaum at Pinnacle Valley Animal Hospital. There, THV 11 learned that his leg had been injured, and to this day, Maguire said he still isn't putting weight on it, though it doesn't seem to really bother him.
FuRR, a group that regularly rescues feral and abandoned cats, covered the bill for Izard's treatment. To thank them for their contributions, Joey and THV 11's parent company Gannett, through the Gannett Foundation, is giving the organization a $1,000 grant. If you'd like to donate to FuRR, you can do so by clicking here.