After using up one of his nine lives, Eli is on the road to recovery, but he needs some help, both physical and financial.

Eli is a little feral cat who doesn't think much of his rescuers. But he does appreciate his endless food bowl and warm, soft bed.

He was rescued after being hit by a car. In terrible pain, with a broken pelvis and dislocated hip, Eli could have died from his injuries. Surgery saved his life.

A volunteer trapped him and got him medical attention. Screws and plates mended his bones and saved his leg.

While he is healing, Eli is not progressing as well as his rescuers had hoped. More veterinary care and costly surgery will be needed to get him back up and running.

Meanwhile, for a feral cat, Eli is socializing quite well at the Better Days, a cat rescue and sanctuary in Roxbury.

"He is incredibly cute, a real goofball! He has already found a girlfriend at the sanctuary and is fitting right in. We are hoping to be his friend, too, one day soon,” said Yvonne Reelick, executive director of the Better Days Rescue Fund.

Most feral cats with these kinds of injuries are euthanized because they can't be returned outside and they are not adoptable in a home environment. Luckily for Eli, his rescuers contacted Better Days and made arrangements for him to start his new life in a "cat habitat," where he will be cared for and loved despite his fearful nature and physical needs, said Reelick.

BDRF specializes in providing sanctuary to cats who are difficult to adopt due to medical, physical, emotional and behavioral special needs.

"We are the land of misfit toys," Reelick said with a grin, "and we love each and every personality that joins us.”

BDRF started as a typical rescue about 12 years ago, taking in cats and adopting them out. But over time they took on the challenge of providing for cats that are not considered adoptable.

"I learned pretty quickly how to work with the feral cats and provide them the care they need without traumatizing them,” said Reelick. “I have a soft spot for feral and special-needs cats who were dealt a pretty bad hand in life, but they have an amazing tenacity and a strong will to survive. Feral cats don't trust easily but when they decide 'you’re OK,' it's a wonderful reward for the hard work.”.

BDRF is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charity that relies solely on donations from the community. They don’t receive government or corporate funds.

To help BDRF with vet bills or ongoing maintenance, mail a check to Better Days Rescue, PO Box 116, Roxbury, CT 06783 or donate at betterdaysrescuefund.org.

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