Arlington shelter raises $65,000 for cat found with arrow in head

A Northern Virginia animal shelter raised more than $65,000 to save an orange tabby cat that was discovered shot in the head with an arrow on Valentine’s Day.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington expected the cat’s surgery and other medical expenses to total about $6,500. It sought donations from the public to cover the bill.

In an Instagram video two days after Cupid’s surgery, Chelsea Jones, the league’s communications specialist, revealed the large fundraising total.

“This is fantastic,” said Samuel Wolbert, the league’s CEO, in the video. “I was told I wasn’t going to believe it, but even this is beyond my wildest expectations.”



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It’s time for another Cupid update! As you know, we had a goal to raise $6,500 for Cupid’s care. Now after two days, multiple interviews and Cupid’s story reaching across the country, we just found out our current fundraising total – but you’ll have watch the video below to see how much money we have raised so far because of Cupid! Cupid continues to do well today and is switching between naps, snacks, and snuggles. He now has his own Instagram account, @savingcupid, where we will post daily updates. From now on we’ll just post weekly updates here on Facebook. We are so, so, SO grateful to everyone out there who has supported and/or donated because of Cupid…we are completely overwhelmed by your generosity and could not be happier to be a part of this community. THANK YOU!

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Cupid is doing well after Sunday’s surgery, Jones said.

The cat was found last week in West Virginia, Jones told WTOP on Monday.

When the Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue Group, which found Cupid, said it couldn’t afford to pay for the procedure, he was transported to Arlington.

It took veterinarians two hours to remove the 5-inch arrowhead.

The arrow didn’t make contact with Cupid’s eyes, brain or other major organs or arteries, Jones said.

Jones had previously said extra money raised would be used to fund other emergency procedures. Now, that will be possible.

“Anything that we don’t use for Cupid, we’re going to be able to help so many other animals with this money,” Jones said in the video. “We’re going to be able to say yes when we get phone calls like this and to help when we need it.”

Cupid’s progress can be monitored on the cat’s Instagram page.

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