A bright white fur coat is a bit like wearing a target for a homeless cat trying to steer clear of predators. Add to that a world without sound and an impoverished community with many stray dogs, and you have a recipe for terror.
There isn’t a lot of information available about Snowflake or how he came to find himself in such a precarious life, but we know that he had been living in a treetop for at least a week. He would quickly descend to the ground to receive a daily meal from a concerned woman living nearby and then climb up again as she disappeared back into her home. As in many parts of the world, there is a stray animal crisis in the Ukraine and insufficient resources for street animals. The odds of a better life for Snowflake were slim.
When the “Friend” animal shelter led by Marina Bokolovets was alerted to Snowflake’s plight, they too were at a temporary loss for resolution.
“The shelter is not a safe place for a deaf cat,” Marina explained noting that this cat would require a special environment where the cat could feel protected from other animals who might take advantage of his vulnerability. She asked for a “Godmother or Godfather” to step forward with a donation to pay for the cost of housing Snowflake in a boarding center.
As luck would have it, this cat’s photo made its way before the Harmony Fund and the response was quick and simple.
“Please bring him down from the tree. We will help.”
Snowflake Is Rescued Through Operation Holiday Kitty
And with that, Snowflake made his final descent from the treetop, and this time into the arms of two waiting children who were with Marina on the day of his rescue (the little boy is Marina’s son). Snowflake would now be placed into a boarding facility temporarily while a home was sought for him.
At the time this story goes into publication, Snowflake has been moved into a foster home with a woman who is considering adopting him (photo above).
It is important to understand that mass homelessness of cats coupled with poverty create a bitter reality in many parts of the world. The suffering of these animals is an age old problem and not an exclusive one as many people here face tremendous hardship as well. This story brings us an opportunity for gratitude and to strengthen our resolve to help more animals who will try to withstand winter without a home.
Snowflake will be indoors this winter and his bed will be on a sofa rather than on a snowy tree branch. While his new home may be a modest one, this photo of him falling asleep in his new Mom’s arms tells us that he will indeed have the one thing he needs most of all.
Operation Holiday Kitty is a special project lead by the Harmony Fund. More information may be found here.