The Touching Story Of A Sad Elder Cat Who Was Helped Out Of The Streets By A Kind Woman, Now He Has Found Happiness And A Forever Home
Showing compassion is one of the best ways to make the world a better place, and this includes helping abandoned animals, too. How frequently do we come across neglected pets?
Alarming animal cruelty statistics
Although animals, such as dogs and cats, are great pets because of their calm and lovable dispositions, it is rather heartbreaking that a vast number of them are being abused and neglected.
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Statistics by the Humane Society of the United States estimate that about 6-8 million dogs and cats arrive at US shelters yearly, out of which 3 million are euthanized annually. Sadly, 80% of these three million pets are in excellent health and could have been adopted by someone.
From the streets to a forever home
However, in the face the increasingly inhumane treatment meted on animals, a woman named Lindsay Raturi has saved a ten-year-old feral tomcat from dying on the street.
Until his rescue, Mr. Belvedere, fondly called Mr. B, was a part of a small outdoor cat colony. Mr. B had a rather devastating life, which was reflected on his countenance. Although people tried to rescue him, he would always run away as he had lost his faith in humanity.
Lindsay was moved to pity when he saw the cat’s sad look, as he was in pretty bad shape. She tried to to help him repeatedly, until Mr. B finally folded and walked into the trap.
He was taken to the vet and diagnosed with the fFeline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). The vet suggested he be euthanized, but Lindsay was having none of that and decided to treat him.
Treating Mr. B was difficult for his foster mom. The cat wouldn't allow Lindsay to touch him or apply his eye drop, so she came up with impressive tactics to soothe him. While he was his cage, Lindsay would use a wooden spoon to scratch his paw and back.
The method was effective, as Mr. B gradually came around. A few weeks later, Lindsay began touching the cat, wearing a garden glove, and it showed no resistance. Eventually, Mr. B allowed her to touch and stroke him with her bare hands.
Later on, the kind woman found a forever home for the cat. It was a heart-melting moment as Mr. Belvedere met his new mom, Jenna De Cristofaro. At first sight, the woman fell in love with the tomcat and even cried.
Now, they live happily together and Belvedere is as comfortable as any cat should.
Helping abused animals
Abandoned animals, or animals that have been victims of abuse, need special care and love, as seen in the case of Mr. B.
You can help neglected animals by fostering or adopting them. Donations, advocacy and holding fundraisers for them are also means of showing love to abused animals.
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In truth, no animal deserves to be ill-treated or abandoned. So, when next you encounter an abused or abandoned animal, please resist the urge to shoo it away, as helping animals means making the world a better place!