Thank you to everyone who has supported Goose the Kitten! Without you, we would have been unable to save him and provide him with surgery that was critical to keeping him alive. Currently Goose has completed his second surgery to repair the hole in his palate and is recovering in foster care. We are extremely hopeful he continues to heal well and will soon be able to eat on his own (as opposed to being handfed by his foster mom) and can finally be available for adoption.
We would also like to thank VSEC and Dr. Jennings for their incredible work and care of our little Goose Muppet!
We are still raising the final funds for Goose' veterinary care and surgery! Please consider making a donation!
Full a full history and update on Goose read more...
In June of 2014, we pulled a pair of small, black kittens from Philadelphia’s Animal Care & Control Team (ACCT), named Goose and Clara. Goose and his sister Clara were brought into ACCT as stray kittens found in a yard. Clara, while underweight, was in good shape and later adopted. Goose, however, had severe burns and bone damage to his mouth from biting into a live electrical wire, and was slated for euthanasia by the end of the business day if he did not find a rescue. Over his first week in foster care, as the extent of the injuries declared itself, Goose lost all of the intraoral mucosa and gingiva covering his rostral upper and lower jaws. On his maxilla, he had a deep V-defect that started at the distal aspects of the deciduous 3rd premolars and extended back along the midline of the palate to the distal aspect of the deciduous 4th premolars. The entire rostral palate was exposed, including both incisive bones/palatine fissures and a portion of the maxilla bones, and Goose had no tissue surrounding his canine or incisor teeth. In addition, he had sustained burns to his lips and 1/3 of his tongue.
It was recommended by our veterinarian, Dr. Michael Jennings at Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center (VSEC) to wait until at least 4 months of age to fix a palatal defect to take advantage of further growth of the maxilla/skull, and Goose’s foster mom maintained his care at home. He continued to eat and gain weight, but did have some issues due to his palatal defect such as sneezing after eating and drinking. Intermittent bouts of infectious rhinitis were treated successfully with antibiotics and feeding methods were adjusted to avoid his defect. Throughout his time in foster care, he has had to be handfed due to the hole in his mouth and lack of teeth.
In October 2014, Goose's first surgery was performed. The surgery included a complete oral exam and radiographs were performed, and the permanent upper canine teeth and 3rd premolars were extracted in a closed manner to minimize tissue disruption. Once these extraction sites heal and the sockets remodel into bone, there will be a better chance to use mucosa from the overlying bone and remaining lip vestibule to create flaps to close the defect. No permanent incisor teeth developed following the trauma. Goose’s lower canines were also extracted as they had erupted abnormally through the scarred lip mucosa that replaced the burned gingival tissue. Additionally, he was neutered at this time.
In December 2014, Goose had his second and what we hope is his final surgery to repair the hole in his palate. 2 flaps were made from his gum tissue on either side of his palate hole. These were used to close the gap between his sinuses and his mouth. There was a lot of good bleeding, which indicates a healthy blood supply to the area (that was a large concern as a low blood supply would hinder healing). Due to those flaps being made of existing tissue, he has some exposed bone on either side of his mouth.
Despite everything Goose has been through, he remains a happy, silly, playful kitten that captures hearts wherever he goes. He travels on a leash and harness, much like a dog, and adores attention and love.
We are so excited to be featured on Catster!
"A Black Kitten Named Goose Needs Surgery to Recover from His Shocking Past
Philly Kitty Rescue suspects chewing on electrical cord caused severe mouth damage; you can help. Goose the kitten has a rather shocking past. The adorable, all-black baby arrived at Philadelphia Animal Control with severe ulcerations and damage to his lips, teeth, gums, and mouth, most likely from chewing on an electrical cord. The tiny cat needed more care than the shelter could provide, so he was placed on the urgent rescue list. If he didn’t get out of there by 6 p.m., he would be euthanized. "
Read the full article here!
Or click this link: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/black-cat-kitten-goose-surgery-electrical-cord-fundraiser-philly-kitty-rescue
Goose had his first surgery this past weekend thanks to the support and donations of his fans! He is recovering well and we'll have a better idea in a week or so about how to proceed.
To donate to Goose's surgery fund: http://www.gofundme.com/savegoosethekitten
For those that aren't familiar, Goose is an adorable all-black male kitten that was found with his sister in a yard in Philadelphia. They were brought to Philadelphia Animal Control by a kind Samaritan and were placed on the shelter’s urgent rescue list and needed out of the shelter by 6pm or would be euthanized. The shelter noted that Goose has severe ulcerations and damage to his lips, gums, teeth, and mouth, likely from some sort of electrical damage, which were beyond the scope of the veterinary care this high-volume, kill shelter could provide. Our rescue focuses on special needs and medically urgent kittens, and thanks to one of our amazing foster parents who is comfortable with such cases, we were able to pull Goose and his sister from the shelter just in the nick of time.
Since entering foster care, Goose has gained weight rapidly, as a kitten should, and is able to eat and drink with no issues. He is missing all of the hard palatal tissue where his teeth should be, but amazingly, some of his incisors have begun to grow back. He has also lost a sizeable amount of palatal bone on the left side of his mouth and his right side is dead and will likely fall out. This will leave him with a hole in his palate in the front part of his upper jaw that will communicate with his nasal cavity. He also continues to lose critical bone mass and that hole in his mouth becomes a tad larger every day. Despite the extensive degree of Goose's injuries, he is making a significant recovery and is a happy, playful kitten.
To view more photos of Goose's mouth (some are a tad graphic, so be ready!), visit his album:
The approximate veterinary cost for Goose is close to $6000.00 and he will need two critical, involved surgeries. The 1st surgery would be a combination of anesthetized exam + imaging (CT) to get a better idea of the extent of the palatal defect, tissue around the upper lips/canine teeth for planning for the definitive surgery, and extraction of teeth on the upper and lower jaws - mainly incisors/canines +/- some of the upper front premolars in order to have the areas where the flaps needed for the 2nd surgery will be only tissue/no teeth thus allowing larger flaps to cover his palatal defect.
Meet Goose, our newest kitten & first recipient of The Bunny Fund! Goose & his sister, Clara, were pulled from ACCT & while his sister is doing well, he has a very guarded prognosis. Goose presumably has electrical burns on and in the front of his mouth. He is missing half of his upper and lower lips, the front of his lower jaw is missing the gums so the bone is exposed (as it is partially on the upper as well), and he is missing about half of the tissue on the roof of his mouth. This has also caused his baby teeth to die and begin to fall out. The burns also have left him with about half of a tongue. The lack of extra skin to do any kind of grafts is prohibiting us from doing any kind of restorative surgery at this time. All of these factors make recovery a long and dangerous road. There is threat of infection from exposed bone, undernourishment from not eating properly, dehydration from not being able to drink properly, and a myriad of other obstacles. HOWEVER <end bad news> he's doing phenomenally well! He has a wonderful appetite, takes his antibiotics and pain meds, tolerates mouth cleaning post-eating, and has started to greet his foster mom when she enters the room. He's also started to put up a fight when receiving his subcutaneous fluids, which leads us to believe his strength is greatly improving. The even better news? We THINK, due to a pink color on the edge of his palette wound, that the flesh there is beginning to regenerate!
Goose is in a fantastic foster home & we're hoping for the best.
Goose is our first member of The Bunny Fund, was established in memory of a tiny, paralyzed kitten named Bunny who was pulled from Philadelphia's high-kill Animal Control shelter. She had severe damage to her pelvis, colon, and legs, and while she lived a short time, she was given the chance to receive medical care that she may not have otherwise had the opportunity to. The Bunny Fund is specifically for special needs and medically urgent cats & kittens.
♥ Goose's care is expected to be quite costly. To donate to help save him, make a donation via The Bunny Fund. ♥
Warning! The following images are graphic - to view more photos of Goose's mouth & damage, click here
We are so excited to announce our partnership with PetValu! TPK will now have adoptable cats and kittens at the PetValu store in NE Philadelphia!
Adopters may visit the adoptables 7 days a week, however an adoption application must be completed & approved, AND a TPK volunteer MUST be present in order to finalize any adoption. Our volunteers visit the store at least once a day & adoptions must be arranged prior to meeting.
To adopt a cat or kitten seen at PetValu, please fill out the adoption application here.
All kitties at PetValu have had a complete medical exam, and received age appropriate vaccinations including rabies, are spayed or neutered, feline leukemia (FeLV) & FIV tested, microchipped, received preventative flea treatment, have been de-wormed, and received any other medically appropriate treatment as needed.
Stop by the PetValu!
The Court at Grant
2550 Grant Ave Philadelphia, PA 19114
MON-SAT 9AM - 9PM
SUN 10AM - 6PM
Located at Grant Ave between the Roosevelt Blvd & Bluegrass Road
Questions about adoptable cats & kittens at PetValu? Please email us here
We are so excited to announce our new partnership with Elite Chiropractic! Elite is offering a New Patient Special in which your first visit is $30 and that is donated entirely to The Philly Kitty! A HUGE thanks to Lovefourpaws.org for hooking us up.
Elite Chiropractic provides a whole host of solutions to help you get over your current condition and feel better than you have before! Chiropractic care covers a wide range of issues including neck pain, back pain, numbness, sciatica, sports and repetitive motion injuries, and much more. Dr. Kochanski is a member of Great Doctors of Chiropractic and has helped many in Bucks County experience natural healing without surgery or drugs! If you are looking for a skilled chiropractic doctor in Wrightstown, Doylestown, Warminster, Buckingham, Richboro, Newtown, Penns Park, or other north Philadelphia suburbs, call 215-598-3266 or
Please check out Elite Chiropractic & schedule your new patient appointment for better health AND support TPK!
TPK and Love Four Paws will be at the PetValu on Grant Ave. in NE Philly from 12-3 on July 21st! Stop by and support your local non-profits and meet adoptable kittens!
We had a fantastic evening at the PetValu in NE Philadelphia for their Ice Cream Social! Joined by Love Four Paws and Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, we had adoptable kitties & met lots of awesome supporters. Check out the pics from the evening!
Join us for a DELICIOUSLY fun adoption event on Friday, June 28th! The Philly Kitty Rescue, Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia and Lovefourpaws.org are joining forces at Pet Valu on Grant Ave. from 6pm-8pm. Stop by for a sweet treat and kisses from adoptable kittens from TPK! Perhaps you will meet your new best friend? Check out the flyer for more details. Questions? Email us at email@example.com
The Philly Kitty
A no-kill, non-profit cat rescue based out of Northeast Philadelphia ♥