ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CIRCA) — Meet Rose, a blind tabby cat who is searching for a home.
Rose is still recovering from a surgery that removed both of her eyes. She's being fostered through King Street Cats rescue in Alexandria, Virginia.
Rose was living on the streets at 3 months old before she was taken to a shelter in rural Maryland. She was suffering from an infection in both of her eyes. Since the initial shelter did not have the resources to care for her, Rose was then brought to King Street Cats.
"They aren't sure how she got the infection," said Patti Gross, Rose's foster mother and King Street Cats volunteer. "Very probably some sort of eye injury when she was very little and out on her own. And it generated an infection in the eye(s) themselves that was very painful and the best solution to keep her healthy was to remove her eyes."
Despite the removal of both of her eyes, Rose can still lead the typical life of a cat. Cats use their whiskers, ears, and noses to tell them when things are too close to them. So, kittens like Rose will be just fine.
Rose is a domestic short hair kitten, which is cat language for a mutt. Gross tells Circa she has a sweet and outgoing personality.
"She actually gives hugs," she said. "When you hold her, she like(s) to get her paws up around you and give you a hug."
The ASPCA estimates around 3.2 million cats enter the shelter system each year, and only 50 percent of those cats are adopted.
"Rose is very sweet," Gross said. "She deserves a good home and a long life and she will bring a lot of love and joy into the home she goes to."