Deaf Cat Living in Ukrainian Treetop Makes a Soft Landing

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.

Snowflake on the tree branch.

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.

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Great article, beautiful cat and owners, I had a cat that used to sleep in the tree of a daytime, had me stuffed how she didn't fall down when the breeze came up, but Judy used to eat inside and slept inside with P.C. on the bed of course of a night, it was really sweet watching her sleeping up the tree.

Glennis Whitney
Glennis W2 years ago

Lovely story, lovely snowflake safe and warm now, lovey day. thank you.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Happy ending.

Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege3 years ago

Beautiful story!

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago

Great story. Absolutely beautiful cat.

Marilyn Rocker
Marilyn Rocker3 years ago

Welcome Home Snowflake---You deserve the tender loving arms of this family!

Joanna M.
Joanna M3 years ago

Rescue pets are the best! We give them a second chance at life, and they in turn give us so much more in return...

Pledge to adopt at least one rescued cat or dog in your lifetime; imagine how different the world could be if we all did just that little bit??

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Barbara Betts
Barbara Betts3 years ago

Story breaks my heart- the plight of so many homeless animals. Thrown away like trash, breeding and struggling to survive. Look at Snowflake such a beautiful cat and nothing more then homeless. Hardly seems right when a cat as gorgeous as this is not wanted. It tells me what we as a people are not doing enough. Spay neuter programs need to be implemented world wide! These animals think and feel as you and I do. It is morally wrong to allow this horrible suffering to continue.

debby ro
Deborah ro3 years ago

I hope this cat will find a permanent home

Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Nice :) Thanks for sharing.