I had a letter from a fan (Alicia) that shows what heart and rescue is all about. Now the fictional mummified cat Salome from the Cal series has a real world counterpart (see pictures below), not to speak of man’s inhumanity (although I hope the bastard that did this rots in hell), but of what compassion can accomplish. Remember: rescue, adopt, save.
My son Bran came home early from a date without a shirt on and a tiny battered, bleeding and pus laden kitten bundled in his formerly nice shirt.
She had been tortured; one eye poked out, her chest stomped or just severely kicked (massive internal damage, broken ribs) and left on an ant pile unable to move. She had them in her sinuses and crawling around her face and attacking her one good~ish eye. She was covered in pus and bites, her face was partially fractured they had gouged the eye so viciously.
After talking to the police and animal control, we decided to keep her since they were just going to put her down. For days she was on IV meds, sub-Q fluids and goat milk. She had to be propped between two padded books because she couldn’t move around or rest easily on her own. She was bandaged, skeletal and missing an eye, rasped and croaked instead of purring and couldn’t meow. She almost lost the other to all the ant damage done to it and should be dead. Her name was obvious to all your fans in this house.
Fast forward a few months and she is partially blind in her good eye, her purr is strangely broken and raspy because of all the respiratory damage and what the ants did to her insides. She refuses to wear her eye patch and she rides on our shoulders and demands our food and will walk up to the wolfhounds we train as psychiatric service dogs and kick them off their own beds. Salome is queen of the house and terrifies the huge dogs and she is still tiny – around 3 pounds.
I thought you might like to see Robin’s Salome’s namesake, when she was first found (but cleaned already) and a picture of her now. If you look at her face you will see the asymmetry caused by the attack.