A cat who was found roaming aimlessly outside, came across people who wouldn’t give up on him. They changed his life.
Appa (now Sir Lewis)Jen @pokeypotpie
Radia and her mother were on their way home when they spotted a cat wandering on the side of the road. It was a rainy day, and the cat looked haggard, wet and cold, about a few feet away from their house.
Radia got out of her car and went to check on him while her mother rushed to fetch a carrier. The cat was scared and took refuge under a vehicle.
With lots of patience and some treats, he finally emerged from hiding, being too hungry to resist the food.
He was found outside on a rainy daySheeta and Co
The cat was taken to the vet to be evaluated. As it turned out, he had come to the right place at the right time.
Radia, her mother and sister, Zahraa, run a small volunteer-based animal rescue, Sheeta and Co, in Kuwait to help stray animals in their area.
Sheeta and Co
The cat named Appa was treated for an eye infection and ear mites. They couldn’t find a microchip nor was anyone looking for him.
“His fur was greasy, and he seemed dusty. He was flighty from spending time on the street. No one ever claimed him. It was something we expected as pet abandonment in Kuwait is out of control,” Zahraa shared with Love Meow.
The family took Appa into their home. He was very quiet and kept his eyes closed most of the time. He wasn’t grooming himself for a few days and showed no interest in playing.
“He was barely moving from his spot. However, he accepted pets and purred when he was given attention.”
Appa seemed exhausted after surviving the streets. “We tried to cheer him up and gave him massages and even got him a comb that he really enjoyed.”
With safety, comfort and plenty of reassurance, he started to seek affection from people.
Sheeta and Co works with partner rescue groups in the US to help cats like Appa find good homes. City Kitties DC offered to assist, and their foster volunteer, Jen (@pokeypotpie), welcomed Appa into her care.
Appa flew across the ocean along with another rescue cat, Harvey, to their new foster home. Having an energetic playmate brought out the inner-kitten in Appa. Soon, he was ready to find a place of his own.
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