Friday, January 07, 2011
"Thank You, Helen"
No doubt Lane would end up blind.
I didn't think there was much hope for Lane until a lady named "Helen" contacted me. She currently has a blind cat and wanted to help another. She saw Lane's picture and thought that he looked like he needed a leg up in this life.
I told Helen that Lane would require expensive surgery, neutering, and God-knows-what-else. She didn't care. She wanted him and could afford the expense. He somehow felt special to her.
Helen lives on the other side of the city, so Kathleen kindly volunteer to drive "Lane" from the shelter to a meeting place to meet his new "Mom". Imagine adopting a blind Tom cat without meeting him first!!
The meeting went well and Helen immediately took "Lane" to the vets for an exam. His remaining eye was bulging and he needed immediate pain relief and care. The vet lovingly cared for Lane - giving him pain medication.
The news wasn't good. Helen left a voicemail tonight that said her vet indicated poor Lane was in the final stages of active Feline Leukemia. He wasn't a candidate to have his remaining eye removed and he was dying. Helen's voice cracked as she told me the story over voicemail. I listened and put my head in my hand. Helen held Lane and loved him as he passed over to the bridge.
I realized at that moment that the love Helen showed that sweet Tom cat was probably the only love and care that poor cat had ever experienced in his short life. Her voicemail went on to say that she changed his name to "Mike" because he had seemed like a fighter.
"Thank you Helen for giving Mike the only love and kindness he had ever known. I wish they could all be so fortunate."