Foster Kitten Born Without Eyelids Needs Funds for Corrective Surgery

Ned's procedure will cost $3,000; if he doesn't get it, he will go blind.

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Foster Kitten Born Without Eyelids Needs Funds for Corrective Surgery
Doesn't get much cuter than this, folks. Will you help Ned? (Photo: Courtesy of Petraits)

Katye Novinski, a volunteer for Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, watched as the black kitten jumped and played in his cage. “When I saw Ned, he was being passed up by all other shelters since he had medical needs,” Novinski told The Naperville Sun. “I knew he needed a loving home and some medical care, and if he was given a chance, [he would be a] great addition to any family.”

“This is a very painful condition,” said Buckle, “and he will eventually go blind if he does not have surgery.”

Ned suffers from a congenital defect called feline eyelid agenesis, which means he was born without eyelids.

Jody Buckle, owner of Timeless Spa & Salt Cave in Naperville, Illinois, has started a fundraising campaign to help six-month-old Ned. When Buckle and her employees saw Ned’s picture, they fell madly in love. “He looks a little goofy, kind of cross-eyed,” recalled Buckle. “And then we found out about his eyes, and our hearts just broke.”

The procedure will cost about $3,000. “This is a very painful condition,” said Buckle, “and he will eventually go blind if he does not have surgery.”

Until the necessary funds are raised, Novinskin will continue to foster Ned. She must give him eye drops about five times a day to keep them lubricated.

“He is an amazing kitty with the sweetest soul ever,” she said. “The surgery is so important to him, so he will not be in pain from his eyelashes scratching his eyes every time he blinks. He will be able to close his eyes for the first time in his life.”

Novinski has been rescuing animals for nearly a decade, and her specialty is animals with medical needs.

“I find it so rewarding to be able to take these animals that are in so much pain and discomfort, and be lucky enough to help them,” Novinski explained. “It is my mission and goal in life to help as many animals as I am able to, and to improve not only their lives but the lives of the people (who) adopt them.”

To help Ned, make your check payable to Friends of Chicago Animal Control Center. Please send donations to: Timeless Spa & Salt Cave 1324 E. Ogden Ave. Suite 100 Naperville, Illinois 60563 or call 630-428-0700 to donate by phone.