I can only imagine what the black and white cat felt when she was placed into that storm water drain and the cover put over her head, as she stood there half submerged in water. Fear is all I can think of.
Unlike humans, she wouldn’t have felt anger. She wouldn’t have wanted revenge. All she would have felt was fear, not knowing what to do, where to go or how to get to safety.
Imagine her relief when two strong men lifted the closure over her head. Imagine the relief when I picked her up into my arms. We named her Storm.
It was exactly two years ago when a community member saw Storm being placed into that drain, just a couple of hundred metres from our animal clinic.
Bean, who is part of the Mdzananda team, and a community bystander struggled to lift the lid, but at last they hoisted it up. When I lifted her out of the water she was cold and terrified. She didn’t want me to touch her.
Her journey of recovery started at Mdzananda where she lay curled up in a ball, not wanting to lift her head for over three weeks. We knew she needed extra help and sent her to our specialised foster mom for extra care. Bit by bit she got better and started trusting humans again.
It was time for her to find her forever home. We shared and shared her story, but no one was interested in adopting her. We had little hope that she would ever find a family.
Today, two years later, Storm’s miracle happened. She was adopted by her new mommy - Amy Lawrence.
Amy says Storm is known by her friends as KMM, short for Kitty Meow Meow. She is a feisty lady of leisure and her favourite spot is in her window basket on a sunny day. Amy says that Storm is the first cat their family has ever had and they couldn’t be happier. “She’s affectionate and the best cuddler, which makes it very hard to get up in the morning,” says Amy.
From a cat dumped in a gutter to a loving member of the family.
None of this could have been possible without a great number of people. The community lady who noticed her, Bean and the bystander who helped her out, our vets who treated her… But MOST OF ALL without YOU there would be no Mdzananda. Your donation is what saved Storm.
This winter we would like to ask you to make a donation to more pets like Storm.
Winter is not an easy time at the Mdzananda Animal Clinic. On average we treat up to 700 pets per month. They are injured and hurt. Now they are cold too. Your donation will help nurse hypothermic puppies back to health, treat broken bones from cars driving recklessly in the rain, distribute blankets and kennels to pets without shelter and educate community pet owners about their pets’ needs this winter.
You weren’t there to lift Storm out of the drain, but your donation is what made it possible. With you by our side, and with your kind donation, we can help more pets like her this winter.
With gratitude (and meows from Storm!)
General Manager, Mdzananda Animal Clinic
Mdzananda Animal Clinic,
Branch Code 025009,
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