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Chris came into the shelter that I was volunteer. He was found in the area dump, all flea-bitten and filthy, with bloody ears, but beneath that filth was this beautiful golden-eyed, crinkle-eared kitty that loves to put his paws around your neck and hug you and purr. Most people who came in the shelter looking for a cat to adopt would not give Chris a second look because of his ears, they thought he was funny looking and could not see the love and beauty underneath. Finally, one day another volunteer adopted him, my heart was broken but I was so happy for Chris, I already had three of my own. As fate had it, he was brought back two weeks later because the volunteer’s father did not like him climbing on the counters. The minute I realized it was Chris in the carrier I decided he would come home with me. That was 12 years ago. At his first vet. appointment I was told that his ears were due to the fact that Chris is a Scottish Fold and not because of ear mites, fleas or frost bite. I still remember his first days home, he would snuggle with my collie/golden mix and torment my little neuro kitty Maggie May, my first adoption, but she is another story. To this day Chris loves to go into my back fenced-in yard and see what the world looks like from the Lilac Tree.

Suzanne Boukamp
Muskegon, MI

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