I first told you about Isis and Joan back in December. When Joan, who suffers from terminal liver disease, was rushed to a hospice last November, she only had one worry: what would happen to her beloved cat Isis? Joan continued to pay the rent on her apartment and frantically contacted animal rescue groups to find a new home for Isis. Her plight caught the attention of Dorian Wagner, the founder of the Cute Transport Network, who went to work and launched a social media miracle. Within days, she not only had a foster home for Isis, but she was also able to arrange for Isis to visit Joan on a regular basis. The South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper featured the story earlier this week.* The story of Isis and Joan continues to be written one day at a time. The Facebook group Dorian created has grown to more than 1,000 members, many of whom have sent cards, gifts and donated money to provide for Isis and Joan. This is not only the kind of story  that restores your faith in mankind, it also raises visibility of an important issue: the need to allow pets to visit hospice patients.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you that fear in cats is more than just an emotional problem during veterinary visits, on Tuesday, we shared information about how you can win a two year supply of litter, on Wednesday, we explained what causes spraying in cats and what you can do to stop it, and on Friday, we reviewed Pure, a gorgeous new cat photography book. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a heart print scarf and cat jewelry from Triple T Studios!

Today’s video is sure to make you smile. How many cats does it take to fill up a day bed? Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Image via Sun Sentinel

* It’s been brought to my attention that the link to the Sun Sentinel article is considered “premium content” and requires payment to view it. I got four free views on the site, so I’m not sure why some of you are seeing this, but if you can’t access the article, Dorian wrote an article about Isis and Joan for Catster that also captures the story beautifully.


6 Comments on Mews and Nips: Isis and Joan: A Story of Love, Miracles and the Power of Social Media

  1. I’ve been along on the Isis and Joan ride since quite early and it’s amazing how it has grown now. I think this will make a big difference in a lot of places, such as hospice care facilities and rescue groups. Now that the story is appearing here, it will reach a lot more people. It’s so beautiful how love and caring can expand. Thanks for publishing this, Ingrid!

  2. Oh, those cats in that cuddly pile are SO adorable!!! They remind me of a pile of harbor seals…except without all the barking and fighting.

    Dorian is truly amazing… this story has really touched our hearts. We too hope it helps to pave the way for more good in the world.


  3. Oh my! That video is a slice of my everyday life!

    Dorian’s story is wonderful on every level and I truly hope it does pave the way for allowing more pets to visit hospice patients and the need to help them find good homes so their guardians can ultimately rest in peace.

  4. I’d like to read the full story, but it’s designated as “premium content” and won’t open unless I pay for access.

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