Every rescue story is special, because every rescue saves a life. Some rescue stories, usually the ones involving disasters or tragedies, are reported by the big media outlets. But for every sensational rescue, there are hundreds of quiet rescues that happen every day. One such story came to me last week from Sue, who heard about me and my love for tortoiseshell cats from Caren Gittleman, who writes Cat Chat With Caren and Cody.
One cold Sunday in February, Sue and her 11-year-old son were headed to church. They took a side road with lots of fields and brush along the way. Sue just happened to glance to her left, and thought she saw a kitten hobbling by the roadside. She knew she had to turn around and check. That split decision changed Sue’s and her son’s lives.
The little tortoiseshell kitten Sue had seen out of the corner of her eye was still in the same spot. Sue carefully pulled off the road. She told her son to open the van’s door very slowly, so as not to startle the little cat, and to not reach for her right away, so she wouldn’t run off. Sue shouldn’t have worried. “That little angel hobbled up to my son and yowled louder than Adele can belt out a mournful tune!” Her son carefully picked up the kitten, and held her gently until they returned home.
Says Sue, “I never took the time to think: what am I gonna do with another cat,or, this cat could be sick and hurt and I don’t have any money to treat it.” Sue only thought of two things, especially as it became obvious that the emaciated kitten was injured: get her food… and get her help.
The first was easier than the latter. The little tortie devoured the can of food Sue gave her so fast that she literally seemed to say “nom nom” while she inhaled it. And just like that, the kitten got her name: NomNom.
For the next two days, NomNom took up residence in Sue’s son’s room. But Sue knew she needed to get her to a vet.
That vet was Ann Arbor Cat Clinic. NomNom’s xrays showed two broken back legs and a detached femoral head. Thanks to the clinic’s adoption program and generous contributions from clients and others, NomNom got the surgery she needed, and is recovering well. She still has a long way to go to heal from her injuries, and is not currently available for adoption. To follow her progress, visit the Ann Arbor Cat Clinic website.
Thanks to a good Samaritan, and a veterinary clinic with a caring staff with big hearts, NomNom will have a chance at a happy life.
Photo of NomNom ©Cindy Cook, used with permission
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