The images of Elliott the cat with an arrow sticking out of his chest were enough to anger any animal lover and his story has touched people all over the state.
Miraculously, that arrow missed all of Elliott’s major organs and doctors at All Friends Animal Hospital were able to remove it without complications.
Now, Elliott cat is back in his Norwich home, doing well and walking around.
“When he left, he was in really good spirits,” Lona Harrelle, owner of All Friends, said.
Tomorrow, Elliott will return to the animal hospital for a checkup.
In total, the costs of Elliott’s medical care and rechecks will amount to $800, and many, many people have reached out to the animal hospital to see how they can help.
Today, Harrelle, set up a GoFundMe page, where people can make donations to help out Elliott’s family.
Anything raised above the $800 will go into a fund to help other animals in need, and there is no shortage of them, Harrelle said.
Many pet owners are struggling and not all stories get the attention that Elliott’s case does, so Harrelle hopes that the attention spreads awareness and can help other pets.
“There’s a lot of animals in need,” Harrelle said.
Whether Elliott was injured by kids who were fooling around and injured him by accident or by someone who meant to harm him, Harrelle hopes that this raises awareness on the way to treat animals humanely.
“If his story brings some awareness, he’s the perfect little poster boy because he is such a sweet guy,“ Harrelle said, and the outcome is a positive one.