When a cat was rescued from the streets in Canada and taken to a sanctuary, it was terrified of everyone, especially men. However, after a day of hiding, it suddenly changed, much to the surprise of the sanctuary’s owners.
A Siamese cat was struggling to survive on the streets of Kingston, Ontario, when a local rescued her and took her to a vet, where it was discovered that her pelvis was broken.
After the cat got checked, the vet asked Carla Reilly Moore, co-owner of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, if she would take the cat in. Moore normally does not accept domestic animals but found herself saying yes.
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Once at the sanctuary, it was clear to her and her husband that the cat had a rough start in life. It also walked with a “really strange limp,” Moore told The Dodo.
“It could’ve been a car, or she could’ve been kicked, we just don’t know,” Moore said. “She’s been suffering by herself, alone in the streets for two weeks without any pain medication.”
Moreover, the cat “was very frightened, and cowered in the corner of her crate,” she recalled.
They decided to leave the cat, later named Sapphire, alone for a while. However, the situation didn’t improve. Sapphire refused to be near anyone, especially adult men.
“When she came to peek out she ran back under whenever my husband was near,” Moore said.
Instead of enjoying the freedom of roaming around, Sapphire hid under the bed and didn’t come out for an entire day. Little did the Moore family know that Sapphire was about to change.
“Out of the blue she hopped up on our bed, quite awkwardly due to her pelvis, and went straight to my husband,” Moore shared.
In the days that followed, Sapphire also cuddled up to Moore and the couple’s newborn daughter, Mary. Sapphire even started protecting and snuggling up to the baby every day.
Initially, she would just sit down nearby the baby.
“She would keep her distance but keep a watchful eye on her,” Moore said.
“We noticed very quickly that Sapphire seemed to start protecting the baby,” she said.
“We’ve never seen a cat do this before,” Moore said. “Their bond grew faster and faster. It was really unbelievable!”
Moore also recalled that the cat also “started to wrap her arms around the baby.”
Sapphire has grown so fond of the baby that when she doesn’t see little Mary around, she calls out to her and looks for her.
It was heartwarming for Moore to see Sapphire changing.
“One of the greatest feelings is when you watch an animal get past the pain and move forward,” Moore said. “It’s a very special moment. It’s a moment where they take a chance on the humans in their life.”
Moore concluded that “Some may say this kitty needed us—that she was drawn to us because we were able to help her … But we say we needed her. We didn’t know we needed her, but we really did.”