Introducing Mike, an adorable tabby cat who is visually impaired and was discovered in a cruel animal shelter fighting for his life. Fortunately, a compassionate rescuer intervened just in time to save him from a vicious dog attack. Read on to learn more about Mike’s miraculous escape from a heartbreaking destiny and how he found true happiness.
An Alarming Phone Call
Sarah Richardson, an animal rescuer from Community Cats of Central Arkansas, received a troubling phone call from her colleagues one day. They informed her that a shelter in Eastern Arkansas was closing down due to suspected abuse and negligence towards the animals housed there. A few rescues from Arkansas had decided to unite and help in rescuing hundreds of animals that were left behind in the shelter. Due to the urgency of the situation, Sarah was requested to take responsibility for most of the cats in the shelter. She shared that the rescuers were unable to find anyone else to take in the cats. Upon arriving at the shelter, Sarah was appalled by the condition of the animals and their living quarters.
An Unexpected Revelation
Sarah was taken aback by what she saw – countless dogs and felines wandering around the premises. The remainder were confined to kennels, stacked on top of one another. It was during this time that Sarah caught a glimpse of Mike – a sightless tabby with no eyes. Despite being unable to see, Mike had been wandering around the property when a dog without a leash came after him. He was later transported to the cat room at the shelter, but his safety was still at risk.
The room designated for the cats was in a terrible state with visible holes in the walls, ceilings, and roof. The cats were struggling to survive as they hid in every available space within the room. It was heartbreaking to see them venture out of their kennels to search for food or water, risking their lives amongst the dogs. The shelter staff had failed the animals and seemed to have completely neglected them. Sadly, Mike, who was already blind, was at a disadvantage and would not be able to survive much longer in such terrible conditions.
Sarah was in a hurry to help the shelter’s 100+ cats and planned several trips to transport them. However, Mike, a cat in severe distress, couldn’t wait any longer and needed immediate attention. Therefore, Sarah took him with her on the first trip. After reaching home, the focus shifted to addressing his health problems, which included an upper respiratory infection, severe diarrhea, and breathing difficulties. Nonetheless, despite his condition, Mike remained gentle and put his trust in his rescuers. He longed for love and affection, and Sarah described him as the most lovable cat one could ever imagine. Mike’s behavior suggested that he understood how he had been saved and wanted to display his appreciation for Sarah’s efforts.
Recovering from his past, Mike had proven to be a highly intelligent and adaptable special needs cat. Despite his blindness, he quickly learned to navigate his foster home using his heightened sense of smell and hearing. Understandably cautious, he was careful not to make any mistakes like those that might have led him to his previous living conditions. Fortunately, Mike was given the fluids, antibiotics, and parasite treatment he needed to overcome dehydration and health issues. Amazingly, he took his medicine without any fuss. As he regained his strength and vitality, Mike’s personality began to shine through. Sarah commemorated his remarkable recovery by sharing updates on social media. One day, a kind-hearted individual reached out to Sarah to share their heartfelt message about Mike.
A Pair of Kindred Spirits
Sarah shared with me the heartwarming story of a foster who took in a blind cat that had lost both eyes. The foster offered to adopt the feline, Mike, if things went smoothly. After a month of attentive care, Mike was healthy and ready to move on to his new home. Yet, he seemed to have found his forever family already.
Sarah recounted how Mike quickly settled in and made himself comfortable with his new humans. It was clear that they were meant to be together. No longer would Mike be vulnerable to danger or abandonment, as he had found a loving and caring family to cherish him always.
He leads a pampered lifestyle indoors where he receives excellent care and attention. A loving circle of people surrounds him, and he relishes the company of his new feline sister, Molly. Both Mike and Molly share a commonality in their lack of eyesight, making them an utterly charming duo. Molly has taken Mike under her wing by warmly welcoming him as her little brother. Sarah, Mike’s caretaker, says that he is thriving and has found the perfect home. However, despite this happy ending, Mike’s journey to recovery is not yet complete.
The current situation of Mike, a rescued cat, seems to be quite complicated. He has developed an uncommon health condition while residing in a shelter that was dirty and full of bigger-than-cat-sized vermin. Even though he has been taken to vets for diagnosis, his condition remains undetermined. However, there is still hope as he is set to meet a specialist soon. Sarah Richardson, a kind rescuer from Arkansas, is one of the few people who help senior, injured, and hospice cats with care and rehabilitation. Although Mike is not in the best state, things may still get better in the future.
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