Patient: Charlie (AKA Bucket Kitty)
Owner(s): Richard and Kari M.
Reason for coming to DoveLewis: Charlie was put into a 5-gallon bucket that was taped shut and left near a busy street in the middle of summer. By the time a local police officer found him and brought him to DoveLewis, he was suffering from a bacterial and viral infection. But he was alive—and the only survivor of five littermates who were also placed in the bucket.
Doctors: Dr. Patricia London, Dr. Nathan Bodnar, Dr. MeiMei Welker and Dr. Katherine Earl
DoveLewis program assistance: Charlie Fund
Charlie is rambunctious and vivacious with an innate sense of inquisition and a voracious appetite for life. At first glance, you would never imagine where Charlie came from, but you might remember his story from the news.
On July 27, 2012, during a routine late-night patrol, a local police officer came across a 5-gallon bucket on the side of the road. Like any other industrial bucket, this one had a lid, but the lid was closed and sealed with packing tape. The officer stopped and inspected it, wary of what might be inside. When he removed the tape and opened the lid, he was horrified by what he uncovered.
Inside the bucket was a tiny, white, weeks-old kitten—the sole survivor of five littermates sealed in the bucket and left for dead. The officer rushed to DoveLewis and the weakened kitty, who was dubbed “Bucket Kitty” at the time, was treated in intensive care, thanks to the DoveLewis Charlie Fund for abused animals. Within 48 hours he made a remarkable recovery. “When [Bucket Kitty] got to DoveLewis, we opened the bucket and he came jumping out,” said Dr. Trish London. “It was quite amazing that he was that alive. He was dealing with both a bacterial and viral infection, but just got brighter and better every day that he was here with us.”
Bucket Kitty was then transferred to the care of Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS). The kitten continued to flourish and spent the next 11 weeks in foster care where he was named after the boy hero in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” It was clear from the moment Charlie arrived at DoveLewis that he wanted to live. Today, Charlie continues to grow and thrive. Despite his traumatic beginning, Charlie is now living happily in his new home with his adoptive parents, Richard and Kari.
“DoveLewis helped nurse Charlie back to health, and we were the luckiest people to have been able to adopt him after he was fostered to recover from his near-death experience,” says Richard. “He is now happy, healthy and playful with our two large dogs. Thank you for bringing this wonderful cat into our lives!”
“If we didn’t have 24-hour services like DoveLewis provides, we would miss out on opportunities to have animals like Charlie “Bucket Boy” get adopted into loving, caring families,” said Shelley Laird of MCAS.