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Generous Reimer donation pays for Oscar's knee surgery

Oscar will have knee surgery Jan. 18 thanks to a generous donation by the Reimer family. Then, he'll be ready for adoption. Photo by LaReesa Sandretsky.

In August, Oscar was found on the north side of Two Harbors and he was in rough shape--emaciated and limping with matted, dirty fur. He appeared to be a young cat that just couldn't fend for himself, said Animal Control Officer Stephanie Potter.

The police officer who found the sickly feline brought him to the Lake County Humane Society where he slowly started to recover under the care of shelter volunteers, staff and with donations of food and kitty litter from animal lovers like Lila Stevens of Two Harbors, said Potter.

Eventually, Oscar reached a normal weight and his coat became shiny and healthy, but his limp remained. The staff at the shelter deemed him adoptable, but knew that a hurdle lay ahead in finding Oscar a new home: he would soon need an expensive surgery to correct his limp, which was due to a blown knee. Anyone who adopted him would be signing up for these medical costs, too.

That's where the Reimer family of Two Harbors came in. Keri, Doug and Emily wanted to do something in memory of Keri's mother, Karla Davis of Laramie, Wyo. Karla died in April at age 66 from pancreatic cancer, just six months after her husband Ray passed. Potter said Karla was a cat lover (her three cats were mentioned in her obituary), so the Reimers wanted to honor her love of animals. After Potter told Keri about Oscar's surgery, Keri spoke with her family and they all agreed--paying for Oscar's surgery would be the perfect way to honor Karla and Ray.

Oscar's surgery is scheduled for Jan. 18, and Potter said she hopes he'll heal quickly. After that, the young cat will be perfectly healthy and ready for adoption at the normal shelter fee of $50. Anyone interested in adopting Oscar can contact the shelter at 834-5806 or stop by during their open house hours: Monday-Friday 9-11 a.m., Wednesdays 5-7 p.m. or Saturday 1-3 p.m. They are located at 415 20th Avenue, Two Harbors--right next to the Two Harbors Fire Hall.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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