Written by Laura Townsend of Michigan
I had just moved into a new house when my goddaughter Stephanie called me in tears. She was living with her boyfriend’s family. There was a young male Siamese mix that was injured and no one would do anything for him. I drove out and told her to bring the cat to me. His tail was mangled and had gangrene and his left front paw was hanging uselessly. I took him immediately to my vet who had to amputate most of what was left of his tail and his paw was already paralyzed.
I named him Sulu and the former owners wanted him back and became angry when I refused. I also demanded Stephanie go get the cat’s mother and bring her to me as she had told me that they had just taken a litter of her kittens and dumped them somewhere by a road as they were weaned and they didn’t want to take care of them or bother to find homes for them (I think the only reason they didn’t do it to the one kitten is he looks fully Siamese). They had said they didn’t have the money to get her spayed (funny they could afford beer and cigarettes). I told them if they didn’t give her to me, I was calling the Humane Society and the police and filing animal cruelty charges against them and that if I heard they took on any more animals, I would call them immediately.
The kitten’s mom (they called her Dice, but I called her Shadowdancer) was a beautiful, very small apple-head Siamese and I took her in to be spayed and they had to remove three of her teeth that had been broken. She was a housecat for the next 16 years and ruled the roost as matriarch (her nickname was Mighty Mite) until she died of cancer at the age of 19. Her son Sulu was with me up until a couple weeks ago when he passed away at the age of 18. I gave them the best care possible as I have done all my animals through my life (every one a rescue). They are my family.
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