—and unites a com­mu­nity in its rally against an­i­mal cru­elty

Modern Cat - - Star Cat Winner -

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.

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