When an animal needs help, something within us can’t help but feel it in our hearts that it’s our responsibility to help. That compassion (and a bit of luck) is what saved one cat from freezing in a Canadian winter.
Last Valentines Day, a woman was sitting in her home when she heard a noise.
It was February and snowing, so she was a bit confused about what it could possibly be. Strangely enough, it sounded like crying! Walking to the back door, she found the source of the noise.
An orange tabby was standing in the snow, pawing at the door.
A cat was sitting on her porch, asking to come inside! It was freezing cold, and the tabby looked like it was really in trouble. It had one of the saddest faces the woman had ever seen.
Thankfully, the tabby was in luck!
The woman wasn’t just some random person, she was a foster volunteer with Un Chat a la Fois, a local kitten rescue! She took a photo of the cat and sent it to Marie Simard, the founder of the shelter.
“She said she knew we were not taking adult cats and was looking to help him. As soon as I saw the picture it broke my heart, and I told her to take him to our partner clinic so he could be evaluated.” – The Dodo
The cat sat at the door until they brought him inside.
Unlike most strays, he wasn’t trying to escape. He knew that he needed to get inside if he was going to live. When they finally brought him inside and got him to the shelter, it was clear why he was looking for help.
The cute cat was covered in bites and other wounds.
His face and body had been bitten and scratched at, probably from a fight. He also had fleas and ticks in his fur. His teeth were rotting and falling out, and he had frostbite and diabetes to finish it off. In short, he wouldn’t have made it through the winter.
Even with his exhaustion and injury, he was so glad to be around people!
You could tell that this kitty was a lover. Whenever someone would walk by his cage, he would stick his paw out and wait for them to pet him, even if it was brief. Marie decided to name the cat Aslan after the Chronicles of Narnia series.
Since recovering at the shelter, Aslan went on to find a forever home!
Now, he lives with an awesome cat-mom who already had a friend for him to hang out with! He is a super loving cat and loves to nap where it’s warm and safe. His new home was originally going to be a temporary one, but when it came time to say goodbye, she couldn’t!
“He would just sleep next to her, groom her and she would groom him,” Simard said. “It made sense to have them stay together — two rescue cats who had a tough life.”
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