This blind cat isn't one of ours ... and that's what makes her so special. Her name is Hope.
Over the holidays, we received a number of donations from people who have disabled pets, and they told us how much their animals meant to them and sent us their photos. I asked these wonderful folks if I could share their stories on our blog, and they all said "Yes!" So over the next couple of weeks I'll post them for you. Their experiences mirror everything we have found running a sanctuary for disabled animals.
Hope's heartwarming story comes from Lisa B. in San Mateo, California:
No one at the SPCA was sure how she lost her eyes, but Hope has open sockets without eyes, and was picked up as a stray at about 1-1/2 years old. After having many seeing-eye cats throughout my life, I can say that Hope brings me a new joy that I've never before experienced; she is the light of my life.
It's funny how they don't really realize they have a problem and think that they experience life like all other beings. She memorized our house in about 20 minutes and literally took over. She loves to terrorize my seeing-eye cat, Gretchen, and recently, she discovered a whole new dimension of climbing ... [she] climbs up and sits on a tall stool next to me as I telecommute each morning. She runs, and chases, and fetches small stuffed mice and drops them at my feet, waiting for me to throw them again and again ... who would have thought?!
Thank you for inspiring me to take this journey. It is the most humbling and joyful journey of my life."
Thank YOU, Lisa, for giving Hope such a loving home!