On the CC4C website we have a link that allows people to send us emails. They can ask general questions, report strays or ferals, or in the case below, share a happy ending with us.
This is what we received:
“Hi. We adopted a cat named Lucky about 7 years ago when we lived in Moraga, CA. He had an eye removed and had feline herpes in the other eye. I just wanted to let somebody know that he is still with us and we’ve moved from Washington State to Connecticut now. He is getting older and has a little bit of a limp but he’s a very happy, very healthy old man and we still love him very much. He was truly the underdog and life had not been kind to him when your organization received him, but I can’t begin to tell you how pampered and well taken care of he is. You may wonder what becomes of some of these cats and I thought I would share it with you. He has only his one good eye now and over time it too will go completely blind but he gets around the house just fine, comes into the garden with me and follows me like a dog! He sleeps on my daughter’s bed at night and we carry him up and down the stairs! Anyway, we renamed him to ‘One-Eyed-Jack’ when we adopted him, but he truly is ‘Lucky’!”
So naturally, we had to respond …
“THANK YOU so much for this email! This is exactly the kind of stuff we love to hear, especially when it’s about the “Lucky” cats like yours. We’re also glad to hear that you took him with you. We get lots of emails these days from people willing to surrender their cats just because they have to move or relocate. Your story is truly heart-warming and again, we are glad to receive it.”
And it became correspondence …
“Thanks! Glad to be able to share it with you. I’ve thought so many times to get in touch and let someone know because I can’t help but think if it were me I’d always wonder. He’s asleep in front of the heater on the rug half laying on my feet right now (his favorite thing is being in front of the heater!). He’s a happy guy and although we knew he’d lose his sight completely at some point, it didn’t stop us from adopting him. He has the best personality! He follows us all around like a dog–me in particular because I’m at home with him all day.
Anyway, we are thankful for him and I would encourage others to consider a pet that’s “less than perfect.”
Happy holidays to you all and thanks for this little guy
So now we share this with you, in hopes that even just one or two readers will think about someone else they know, and share it with someone they know, and maybe just maybe another one or two of our less than perfect cats might find the home they so deserve.
Thanks for thinking about it. See you at adoptions!