Valentine’s Day 2012 is just about over but here’s one more story about love and companionship: Tashi is a once-stray paraplegic cat who has been living at Tabby’s Place, a cage-free sanctuary in Ringoes in central New Jersey for the past three years. NJ.com reports that, thanks to online videos of his progress doing physical therapy, Tashi has gained fans around the world, from England, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Videos show the brown tabby slithering on the floor on the strength of his front legs as he drags his hind limbs behind him, but with time, he defied odds — lunging toward a dangling string in one video and standing for several minutes at a time while playing with a three-day-old goat in another.
“Each one is as different as a fingerprint,” said Angela Townsend, director of development at Tabby’s Place, a cage-free cat sanctuary in Ringoes. “We learned as we went along.”
Last month, Tashi and Gabriella, a neurologically-disabled cat who cannot walk, were both adopted by the Weidner family in Horsham, Pennsylvania. The family had had another cat with disabilities, Priscilla, who had passed away. Rori Weidner noted that
“We wanted to open our hearts and homes to another one. They bring out the best in you. You don’t see their disability, just that loving personality.”
Weidner continues to make sure Tashi does his routine of daily exercises to strengthen the muscles in his back legs.
This video shows Tashi in his new home with the Weidners while encountering a new friend, a baby goat.
More than 100 monthly sponsors virtually adopted Tashi while he was at Tabby’s Place; the money helped provide for his medical needs. With Tashi and Priscilla now adopted, Tabby’s Place can focus on saving more cats from being euthanized and on helping them find loving homes, too.
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