Potter is a kitten. He is hurt. He needs your help.

Hey, this is important: I need to talk to you about Potter.

Potter is a 2.5 month old kitten and seriously injured.

He is now in good hands, but he really needs your help. A Good Samaritan earlier this week found the little guy wandering alone on Milwaukee Avenue and took him to Heartland Animal Shelter, a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Northbrook, according to Gabby Keresi-Uresti, executive director of the shelter. She doesn’t know how the injury happened, but it could have been a number of things – some sort of trauma from a car, animal, person, or being trapped somewhere.

“His jaw is ungloved; it looks like something has cut his skin off the bone,” Gabby said. “We took him to one of our partner vets, where he is still being treated.”

Potter underwent surgery, hoping he wouldn’t need to close his jaw and get a feeding tube, she added. “We don’t really know if the surgery he had will solve the problem.”

Despite the painful injury and the surgery, Potter couldn’t be a better patient.

“He’s so sweet,” Gabby said. “He purrs all the time, and super easy to handle, he’s adorable.”

The plan is to find Potter a temporary foster home where he can recover and eventually be adopted.

But there is a long way to go for Potter. “Her recovery is going to take a while,” Gabby said.

It’s also going to be very expensive, and that’s where you come in.

Heartland has its Dr. Do More fund, which helps pay for the usual medical expenses for pets in shelters – spaying, neutering, microchipping, basic veterinary care – and the more unusual and important, like Potter’s treatment. .

You can donate to Potter’s care and the care of other animals at Heartland, by visiting the shelter’s website at heartlandanimalshelter.org/dr-do-more-fund/.

These big expenses happen quite often for Heartland, which prides itself on being a “safety net” for animals that might otherwise be neglected and possibly euthanized elsewhere.

“We’re really trying to take animals (from partner organizations) that don’t have other opportunities because they’re older or have medical issues or behavioral quirks,” Gabby said. “There’s no one else to speak on their behalf, so we do. There is a population of very healthy and highly adoptable animals; we let other organizations take them.

“We try to focus our attention on the animals left behind because there is no one else to talk about them. It is part of our mission, it is ingrained in us. It is important for us to save those who need us most. “

And speaking of the animals that need to be rescued, right after talking to Gabby on Tuesday night, she texted me about another one they had just brought to Heartland from Chicago Animal Care and Control. : a neglected and tangled – but very affectionate – dog who had been left tied up in an alley and now needed surgery because maybe she had swallowed something she shouldn’t have. How could I not also include this sweet little girl on a file for you to help the shelter?

Did I mention the Dr. Do More Fund? And that you can donate to her by visiting heartlandanimalshelter.org/dr-do-more-fund/?

There’s a quote I pinned in the Notes app on my laptop; I haven’t assigned it, but it’s perfect to consider in this situation:

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress is measured by the way its animals are treated.”

That’s why I’m telling you the Potter story, and that’s why I donated the first time I saw her. Now I challenge you to do the same.

Help Potter; help the little puppy left tied up in the alley. Help rise to Heartland’s mission by being the voice of those who otherwise might not be heard.

Because while it’s, of course, about Potter, the puppy and their friends in Heartland and shelters everywhere, it’s also about who we are and who we want to be.

There are other ways to help the animals of Heartland besides donating:

Adopt, don’t buy

Find out which cats and dogs are available for adoption on the Heartland website. They are all sterilized, sterilized, microchipped, vet checked and ready for permanent home. As someone who has adopted pets in the past and currently has a sweet, smart and goofy adopted cat, let me assure you that, if you are on the fence about pet adoption, I would be absolutely the wrong person to talk you out of it. he. Our daughter Lexie is part funny stories, part a skilled bug hunter and eleven billion parts of unconditional love. OK, and maybe a little murder mitt too, but don’t let that scare you.

And now, until July 11, it’s a great time to adopt: The Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring the Empty the Shelters event, and Heartland will be offering a reduced adoption fee of $ 25 to qualified adopters for all pets from. more than 6 months.

Be a host family

If you are not ready to adopt, or perhaps want to help shelters by welcoming a special needs animal that needs a little extra love, you can be a temporary foster parent. Visit the Heartland website at heartlandanimalshelter.org and complete a Host Application. Remember: sheltering an animal actually saves two lives: the one you house and the one that takes its place at the shelter!

Eat a pizza

The monthly shelter event is scheduled for Friday July 16 at Marco’s Pizza, 1990 S. Wolf Road, Wheeling. Mention Heartland between 11 am and midnight if you are ordering or add “Heartland Fundraiser” to your cart if you are ordering online, and the shelter receives 15% of phone orders and 20% of online orders. Visit Marcos.com or call (847) 215-2233.

• Alexis Something Rose Shamie, Melynda’s cat, wanted to let you know that you can also help the animals of Heartland by giving them gifts! Check out their wishlist.