Samara, the cat’s world turned completely upside down when her dear human died in 2016 and her family left her at a busy shelter in Michigan. But that was not the only time the poor cat’s heart was going to break.
“Not many rescues go to this shelter, so they have a very high kill rate,” Sasha Oza, executive director of Michigan Cat Rescue, said. “But Nancy [Hutchinson], who is the president [of Michigan Cat Rescue], will go there when she can and pull cats from there.”
Hutchinson was on a visit when she noticed Samara.
“She was only eight months old, and she was actually scheduled to be euthanized,” Oza said. “So we pulled her and brought her to the rescue.”
Samara soon found a great new home.
“She was adopted by a really wonderful lady named Joyce,” Oza said. “Joyce actually became a really big donor and follower of us. She would come to our events, and she was just a really wonderful person.”
“She really loved that cat,” Oza added. “I got a couple pictures from her Facebook page … with little captions saying, ‘The love of my life.’”
But then, just three weeks ago, Samara had to face sadness again.
“Joyce actually passed away unexpectedly in her home,” Oza said. “So this poor little kitty has had two of her owners die.”
Because Joyce’s death was unexpected the cops performed an investigation in her home when they found the cat and arranged animal control to pick her up. Luckily, Hutchinson got to interrupt the process right on time and get Samara into her safe hands.
“Nancy went in to get her, but it took her about 24 hours because Samara was hiding and terrified,” Oza said. “Nancy finally got her, and we had her for about two days, and she was just really withdrawn and sad.”
For days, Samara wouldn’t eat. Therefore, she was taken to a vet but the vet declared she was completely fine medically.
“We did full blood work, the doctor checked her out and everything was fine,” Oza said. “She literally had a broken heart and was not eating. So sad.”
Then, Oza decided to foster Samara herself, which helped the sad kitty a lot.
“She actually started to eat, but only when she was being pet,” Oza said. “You needed to be with her and sit with her as she ate. So that’s what we did.”
It took a little time, but soon, Samara was eating on her own. However, she still begs for attention all the time.
“Now that she’s come out of her shell, she’s just a precious little girl,” Oza said. “She’s very sweet and very snuggly. She loves her belly rubbed — and cats are usually pretty particular about their bellies — but she will roll over like a dog for you to pet her belly, and she’ll just lay there. She loves that.”
The cat enjoys playing with toys and chasing her own tail, but she loves the attention the most.
“She is just as happy as can be now,” Oza said. “She’s a very, very sweet kitty.”
“Maybe her past … has made her more bonded to people because she’s worried about people leaving her,” Oza added. “When we see her, she’s right by us. She wants to be with us all the time. If we’re not petting her, she will let us know that she wants to be pet.”
Samara is getting better and ready to go to a new home. However, Oza and the rescue group wouldn’t give her away until the perfect family finds her.
“She’s lived through so many devastations in her life, and we just want her to be happy from here on out,” Oza said. “We want someone who will give her a lot of attention because she really loves attention. She definitely a people kitty. She just wants to be with you.”
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