This handsome fella was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma back in 2012, most likely from overexposure to the sun. As most cat lovers know, felines love soaking up the rays, but Tonga had an added risk due to his white fur - a trait likely picked up from inbreeding.
Volunteers discovered a scab on Tonga's nose but thought little of it at first. With some treatment it went away in time. Seven months later, however, it returned. Again, employees used antibiotics to help it disappear, but they were concerned when the spot popped up once again. They decided it was time for a full work-up to see what was wrong, which is when Tonga received the terrifying diagnosis.
What started out as a cut on his nose quickly took a turn for the worse. The staff at BCR then had a choice to make – let Tonga live out the rest of his days, possibly in excruciating pain, or risk potentially fatal surgery to give him a chance at a longer life.