Our June FURPOWER beneficiary is a wonderful rescue called Kitten Associates. Based in Connecticut, Kitten Associates was founded by Robin Olson and Sam Moore. Kitten Associates is the result of years of working tirelessly to help find homes and care for cats in need. Robin and Sam decided to make Kitten Associates an official non-profit in 2011 and they are doing inspiring work! Robin is also the prolific and very funny blogger at Covered in Cat Hair.
I love this story that Robin sent us about one of her success stories, Chester. In addition to rescuing and finding homes for homeless and abandoned cats, Robin is always available to help a cat in need. This story just proves – follow your instinct!
by Robin A.F. Olson
©2012 Robin A.F. Olson
A 19-year-old cat named Chester escaped his family’s car when they stopped to have lunch at a local diner near my home in Connecticut.
There’s a lot of very dense brush around the diner and beyond that there are thick woods. Interstate 84 passes one side of it. It’s been a common dumping ground for cats, garbage and other debris. With the summer temperatures about to soar and a plethora of wild animals in the area, the cat didn’t stand much chance of surviving for long.
A team of local cat rescuers began searching for Chester. They put out food, but it remained untouched. They set up night vision cameras, but there was no sign of the cat. Chester’s hearing was diminished so he couldn’t hear us call for him and he couldn’t see very well, either. After looking for four days we all feared the worst.
I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned, feeling in my heart that time was running out. I should go back to the woods and search for Chester. I can’t explain the curious feeling of panic blended with a “knowing” that told me if I looked again I’d find the cat. I got up at 6:00AM and shortly thereafter began my search.
As I walked through the woods, I called to Chester. A bird flew over my head. A branch fell onto the ground. I thought I heard something else…a cry? I felt drawn to a particular direction. I saw a big tree, some of which had fallen down. Under one of the large limbs, I thought I saw a FACE. Was it the morning light playing a trick on my eyes? I got closer. The thing wasn’t moving. I thought that maybe it was a fox. I took a few steps closer then realized…it was CHESTER!!!!!!!!
I ran over to him. His lead was caught up in some debris. He wasn’t moving. My heart sank. I thought he was gone. I broke apart the branches to free up his chain. He moved ever so slightly. I reached under the tree to pick him up. He was very limp, but HE WAS ALIVE!
I ran Chester back to my car and drove as fast as I dared to the Animal Emergency Clinic. The Vet took him into the exam room while I called his family in Maine and gave them the good news. They were elated.
Chester’s condition was “iffy” and though they couldn’t get a pulse on his limbs, his heart sounded surprisingly good. The Vet had spoken with Chester’s family and found out that Chester was not 19. Turns out he is 21!
After nearly a week in intensive care, Chester’s condition improved enough so that he could finally be reunited with his family. Chester was out of the woods, in more ways than one.
Readers, OMG, did this story give you the goosebumps like it did me? That Chester is a very, very lucky boy. Thanks for the incredible work you do, Robin and Sam. The world is a better place with you in it!