Social Worker Saves Nursing Home Cat – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $1,000 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2015. 

Social Worker and Rescue Save “Lucky the Cat”

Lucky the Cat - Heartwarming Story Contest

By Happy Endings Animal Rescue (HEAR), located in Pinedale, Wyoming

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Lucky the cat came to a local nursing home about three years ago. Being an older cat, he seemed a suitable cat for the nursing home residents. He enjoyed them and they enjoyed him!

He quickly became well known. One of the residents would place him on his walker and wheel him around, and amazingly, Lucky would stay put. He would ride around and not even try to jump off. He would go outside and wander around the halls. He was not afraid of dogs and took interest in many of the ongoing activities – often just quietly watching. He even made the front page of the local newspaper!

Sadly, Lucky started falling and losing weight. He was no longer wheeled around on the walker and his life was taking a turn for the worse. A good Samaritan, a social worker, noticed Lucky’s sad state and took it upon herself to take him to the vet, where he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. He needed medication twice a day. He took his pills in the morning and at night, without any problems, as long as they are disguised in his wet cat food.

Quiet, Affectionate and a Gentleman

Lucky the Cat - 2Lucky is a senior cat, possibly around 15-years-old, quiet and very gentle. He has fluffy yellow fur with greenish eyes. He enjoys a comfortable bed, lots of water, and is fed twice a day. He seems to understand that after he takes his medication he gets to have his meal. He meow’s to let you know he is hungry, and will only meow once, otherwise he tries not to be a bother to anyone. (What a gentleman!)

Happy Endings Animal Rescue took Lucky in, as it was apparent that he could not stay at the nursing home. A medical fund was set up for Lucky, as we didn’t know what the cost was going to be to keep him comfortable in his remaining years.  One of our loyal supporters stepped up and adopted Lucky just yesterday.  Yes, she knows what she is getting into, as she put it. When asked about the possible upcoming costs her reply was, “Well does the rescue have lots of money?” to which we replied “no,” and she said, “Then don’t worry about it!”

While Lucky was not abused, he was not being taken care of properly, and might have died had it not been for the social worker seeing him.   A fund has been set up for his medications on our Facebook page where $200 has thus far been pledged!

During the 2014 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2014 – Jan. 2, 2015), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #BBH4TH, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 2, 2015, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $1,000 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2015. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.


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