Bonded Brothers Separated by Surgery Find Their ‘Happily Ever After’ in Time for Christmas

As many people will already know, Mayhew is so much more than just a rehoming shelter. Mayhew recognises that animal welfare issues and social issues are linked, and work with vulnerable people, as well as those going through a crisis, to support them and their pets in times of need.

Recently, Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers stepped in to help an owner struggling to cope with two 11-month-old cats. Ren and Koji are a pair of closely bonded brothers, and when they were signed over to Mayhew, they realised that Koji’s left eye looked rather strange.

  • Upon further investigation, Mayhew vets discovered that Koji had a congenital eye issue, likely to have been present from birth. The surface of his eyeball was damaged, and would likely grow to cause Koji considerable pain if left untreated.
  • His eyelid was also covered in scar tissue, and there was a skin lesion roughly the size of a five pence piece on his forehead, clearly caused by Koji trying to scratch at his irritated eye.
  • Luckily, although Koji was clearly experiencing some discomfort, there was no swelling or discharge around his eye, nor any other signs of severe infection.

As the eye defect was permanent, irreversible, and only expected to get worse, Mayhew vets quickly decided to remove the eyeball to prevent any future adverse developments, and cure a potential constant source of irritation.

However, because Ren and Koji are so close, Koji’s time away in Mayhew’s clinic took its toll on Ren – who missed his brother so much that he cried non-stop whilst they were parted.

In order to try and normalise Ren’s experience as much as possible, Mayhew secured him a place with a dedicated foster carer, whilst Koji was looked after, so that Ren could have lots of one-on-one care and attention to distract him from being lonely.

Thankfully, Koji’s procedure went to plan and his diseased eye was successfully removed. As soon as he’d recovered, Mayhew were able to reunite him with Ren at the foster carer, who was more than happy to look after both siblings until they’d found their forever home together.

From that moment, Ren and Koji were inseparable once again, and Koji’s lack of left eye doesn’t seem to have affected him at all – he is just as bright and energetic as his brother, and loves to play games with Ren and humans alike!

It came as no surprise therefore that shortly after being placed up for adoption, somebody kindly snapped up the gorgeous pair, and Ren and Koji are now happily rehomed with a lucky and loving owner – and more importantly, with each other.

The playful and affectionate pair will be spending their first Christmas settled into their new home; whilst Mayhew Animal Welfare Officers remain on call throughout the festive period, to support other animals and owners in need.

To find out more about what it takes to become a foster carer for one or more of Mayhew’s animals, and apply to be a foster carer in the New Year, please read Mayhew’s guide here.

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