UPS Driver Rescues Kitten – 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, 2016. 

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut: Almond Joy’s Unlikely Adoption Story

Almond Joy adopted from Naples Cat Alliance

Almond Joy and his new meowmy

By Naples Cat Alliance, located in Naples, Florida

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On Friday, October 30, 2015, I received a call at 5 p.m. from a frantic UPS driver. He had found an orange kitten barely alive in a parking lot with two other orange kittens. He told me the location and that someone who worked at the business he was delivering to took the sick kitten home. I was in the middle of asking him if he had the contact information of the person who took the cat home when my phone died! Unfortunately, the UPS driver called from an unknown number, so I couldn’t call him back. (I wanted to go get the kitten in case this Good Samaritan didn’t quite know what to do with an injured animal.)

About 10 minutes later, I walked outside to get in my car to head to the location when a UPS truck pulled up at my neighbor’s to deliver a package.

Almond Joy adopted from Naples Cat AllianceI shouted to him, “Did you just call someone about an injured cat?” He replied, “yes!!” He had the phone number of the gentleman who took the cat home, and I was able to make contact and headed over to his house to pick up the cat. What are the chances of that? Definitely divine intervention! 

When I first saw the kitten, I noticed he was very lethargic, dehydrated, mildly anemic and skinny. I immediately took him to our local 24/7 emergency clinic, Emergency Pet Hospital of Collier County in Naples, Florida. The doctor felt a foreign body during a pelvic exam and confirmed with X-rays there was something lodged in his intestines. We left him there for IV fluids to see if rehydrating could potentially move the body out of the intestines, no luck. The next day they went in and surgically removed A WHOLE ALMOND!! This poor little guy was so hungry he must have been eating anything he could find. The almond was stuck in his intestines and was causing him all kinds of problems. Thanks to fundraising efforts on Facebook and a group of very generous donors, we were able to cover the very large nut. He bounced back almost instantly, and we picked him up that Monday. Monday evening, I received a message from a lovely young girl named Franki; she was his vet tech all weekend and had assisted in his surgery. She had fallen in love with him and wanted to give him a forever home!! We were so excited! Who better to adopt him than her?! Of course, his name is now Almond Joy!!

Almond Joy adopted from Naples Cat Alliance

Almond Joy adopted from Naples Cat Alliance

During the 2015 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2015 – Jan. 4, 2016), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #LightTheirWayHome, 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. 4, 2016, 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, 2016. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.

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