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A Rough Start

A heartfelt story about a black kitty I found across the street. And a little hope in hard times.

For a couple of weeks, I noticed this black cat across the street. It seemed like the animal new his way around and was there for a reason. I felt a little twinge of wonder and carried on about my day.

To make this long story short. The black cat and my cat, Simon started fighting. Well then, I wondered...who are the owners? Now I needed to know. I asked the neighbors and unfortunately, they said, "not ours." Oh dear, I started to panic. Knowing how long he'd been across the street. I felt so bad... Being the animal lover that I am (I think I got that from my Grandma Ruby), I took a bowl of food and water across the street and called out kitty sounds and he came out. He was skittish, un-neutered, part of his ear had been bitten away, a gouge on the side of his face, his hair was dirty and oily, and he was very hungry. Poor guy was in bad shape. After that, I went over everyday and night to feed him. It didn't take him long to start following me over to my house. We learned early what a sweet animal he was. Loves my boys, sitting in my lap, bumping into us for pets, and meowing his sweet little meows, so we named him Andy.

I almost had a mini heart attack putting him in the cat carrier. I took him to the vet. My oh my, that was an expensive vet bill. We found out he has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), one of the most common and consequential infectious diseases of cats around the world. As if he hasn't had enough of a rough start, then there's that...."great", I thought.

I created a go fund me account. Thank you to all of you who donated. I am so grateful. We raised $470 plus venmo and cash donations. More than enough to pay for his vet and some of the expenses for keeping him safe and fed in the garage.

Not long after he was healing in the garage from his neutering surgery and vet visit, Michelle texted me. Michelle is a dear friend from yoga. We have known each other for a long time. She was interested in meeting Andy. I brought him car ride. He escaped outside and it took us thirty minutes to maneuver him back inside. He's been there ever since. Thank you Michelle for giving Andy a forever home. I am beyond grateful and really proud of us. That was a lot for everyone. The picture you see is from Michelle. She checks in from time to time, relieving my worry. She said that cushion is his favorite spot in the house.

Here's a little hope for all of those animals out there in the world in need. Be the helper. Thanks friends ~ Tess

Tess Conrad, E-RYT

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