—and unites a community in its rally against animal cruelty
The beginning of Joe’s story is marked by unimaginable cruelty, but thankfully that is not the entirety of it. We pick this story up right as it’s about to turn around… It was a bitterly cold winter day when a Sarnia, Ontario local returning from Sunday church found Joe on the side of the road. Seeing movement, the Good Samaritan pulled over. It was immediately apparent that Joe had been shot numerous times in the head with a pellet gun and that he needed immediate medical attention.
Joe was taken to the Sarnia & District Humane Society then transferred to Blue Cross Veterinary for treatment. Miraculously, he made a full recovery, save for the loss of one eye.
It was at this point that forces were at work to land Joe in his perfect forever home. The Sarnia Humane Society was hoping to keep Joe as a shelter pet so Shannon Jacques, who works for the Society, took Joe home to socialize him with dogs, a necessity for a shelter pet. Joe had other ideas though. “He fit in so well at my house that I decided to keep him forever!” Shannon says.
Amazingly, Joe hasn’t let his past mar his future. “He’s an incredibly happy guy, and the loss of his one eye hasn’t affected his ability to live a happy, full life just like any other cat,” Shannon shares. “He’s a perfect example of how resilient animals can be. How wonderful is it that a creature that has been through so much was able to forgive and accept love and affection without hesitation?”
Though Joe has completely moved on, his experience has definitely left its mark on his community in a positive and powerful way.