The last thing a tornado victim needs is an expensive veterinary bill.
But if your pet was injured from the May tornadoes and you were lucky enough to find them, they can receive free medical care on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
How did “Egor,” a 13-year-old tabby from southwest Oklahoma City, become nationally famous?
His picture was taken right after he was found in his home, which was demolished by the May 20 tornado.
Egor had survived under a table for six days.
“I just started screaming and said ‘he’s alive!'” Jo Humann said Tuesday. “He’s moving!”
Humann was just happy her son, Garret, survived the tornado inside Briarwood elementary.
Her three dogs survived as well.
But finding Egor nearly a week after the storm seemed impossible.
He was dehydrated and needed five days in an animal hospital.
“It was completely free,” Humann said with a smile.
How much did that help?
“More than they’ll ever know.”
Egor is one of nearly 40 animals who were victims of storms that have received free medical care at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
Their OSU Animal Relief Fund pays for the surgeries, medicine and care needed to get them back to normal.
Well, as normal as possible.
One beagle mix that was brought in had to have his leg amputated.
“It’s pretty sad that he had to go through that,” said Kelci McKeirnan, an OSU lecturer on small animal surgery. “I can only imagine how scared he must have been when that happened.”
Finding the owners of these animals is the big challenge.
Fortunately, for a tabby named “Puss,” his owners may have been found.
Puss lost an ear in the swirling debris, but not his love of a good scratching.
“They tend to find the simple joys in life,” McKeirnan said.