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Kitty Cooking in 110 Degree Heat Wraps Paws Around Hero

Kitty Cooking in 110 Degree Heat Wraps Paws Around Hero

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, brought back by popular demand. It was originally published on September 6, 2012. Enjoy!

Suzanne Ledo was not a cat person. In fact, she was greiving deeply over the loss of her Tibetan Spaniel Taz (who was at least 17 years old) when she felt compelled to visit an online adoption site to see what kind of rescue dogs might be available.

“I found two adorable little Shih-Tzu and Chihuahua mix dogs, brother and sister, that the rescue organization was trying to adopt out as a pair,” Suzanne said. “They were perfect. The lady with the rescue had actually been fostering them for over a year and was very selective about where they would be homed.”

Suzanne visited the dogs at their foster home but the adoption process would not be complete until the volunteer could come to see Suzanne’s home and make sure that it was a safe environment for the dogs.  So the two arranged for a visit the following weekend. But before Suzanne could have that home inspection, fate stepped in. Suzanne listened quietly as the rescue group volunteer told her about a cat in urgent need.

He’d Only Stay for a While…..

"Look deep into my eyes..."

“She called me to say she was planning to come, but first she had to find a foster home for a cat who had been abandoned,” Suzanne recalls. “He was wandering around in the 110 degree Arizona heat, emaciated and very dehydrated. A neighbor of hers had been feeding and watering him on her patio, but could not bring him in because of her other two cats who did not like him. She then realized he was declawed, so he could not stay outside. She brought him in and kept him in a spare room for a few days, but then had to go out of town, and could not leave the little guy there. She said he only needed to be fostered for a short time until she could find him a permanent home. We had already decided that I would not take the dogs right away because I was going out of town in about a month, so we would do the adoption after I returned. So I offered to foster the cat for a while.”

And that turned out to be the beginning of the end for poor Suzanne, a poor unsuspecting dog lover who had no idea how quickly a cat can weave a strategy to stay forever.

“He seemed terrified at first,” Suzanne said of her first few hours with the cat. “I left him in my back room with food, water and a litter box, and went in to check on him a couple of hours later. I sat on the floor and called to him and he came right out, meowing softly and rubbing up against me. I let him out and he hid under my bed the first night, but the next day he followed me around.  He slept in my bed that night and woke me up by softly kneading my leg with his soft feet.”

Yes, Suzanne’s chances of escape were slipping away with every green eyed glance, with every brush of whiskers against her cheek.  As she looked at this small cat who, only days earlier, had been literally baking in the sun with little hope for any quality of life, a wave of emotion swept over her.

Ninja on his new throne.

“He had me wrapped around his little paw,” Suzanne explains. “By the third day, I called the rescue group and told them I wanted to adopt Ninja. My friend now calls him bait-and-switch-kitty, but I think that things happen the way they are supposed to happen. This little guy was meant to be my companion.”

Though Ninja is terrified of dogs, Suzanne is making plans for a companion. Yes, it’s true.  A second cat. Suzanne has been stripped of her status as a dog lover and now proudly holds her new title as animal lover.

If you have a special story to share about an animal you’ve helped, please share it on The Great Animal Rescue Chase website.

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5:07PM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

I wove you LITTLE Ninga . I'm sending a BIG MEOW your way. Thank-you for sharing.T.R.

3:01PM PDT on Mar 29, 2014

What a sweet story. Yet another reason why you could not give in to that barbaric practice of declawing. So happy for little ninja. Shared

1:34PM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

If a person tells me they dont like cats, or IM NOT A CAT PERSON, I ask them, WHY, DID YOU EVER HAVE ANY?... They usually say no! WTH?! That's kind of like not liking a person you've never met! They all have different personalities! A little LOVE and UNDERSTANDING goes a loooong way!

4:38PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

noted little ninja is adorable ty

6:55AM PDT on Mar 12, 2014

Thank you so much for sharing this. Suzanne is an amazing person!!! Cats do have a way of melting your heart XOXO

11:06AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

3:36PM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Thank you for posting.

5:55AM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Thanks for sharing!!

6:46PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Suzanne I am so happy that Ninja showed you the beautiful ways of kitty cats. They are awesome gifts from God and they have such unique and individual personalities...they are such special companions! I am so happy that Ninja will soon have a companion...your life will be so wonderfully enhanced cuz nothing is better than kitties in the house! I truly love all animals but cat have weaved their souls into my heart and I AM a much better person for that, as you will be also!!!

12:32AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Se parece a mi historia con Lili y Lulu, dos gatitas bebes que encontre abandonadas en un parque. De eso hace 42 años. Tuvieron una larga y amorosa vida -Lulu murio a los 18 y Lili a los 20-.
Desde ese entonces tengo solo gatos, siempre mas de uno, todos rescatados, todos muy amados.

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