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In an unusually warm winter, this morning was bitterly cold. After showing an apartment in one of our buildings, a big, dirty gray cat crawled from under the porch and rubbed against my leg. He was clearly cold and, without coaxing, followed me to my truck and hopped right in and lay right in front of the heater. I went directly to the Humane Society, but it was closed, so I stopped at Petco and picked up some supplies, expecting to have just an overnight guest.
Surprisingly, when I put the cat in the sink at home and began to bathe him I encountered no resistance. I think he enjoyed the warm water and getting clean. Come to find out, he had some white fur. Our local paper offers free found ads, so I placed one for two weeks and kept him for that time. He was friendly, box trained and he slept on my bed. Clearly he had been somebody’s cat. No calls came, so back to the Humane Society we went. Though I had become somewhat attached, I thought that was the last I was to see of the cat who ultimately came to be known as Sylvester.
Three days later I got a call. No one claimed Syl. However, he tested low positive for feline leukemia so they could not place him for adoption. Since I brought him in, I could reclaim him or he would have to be put down. The attachment formed in two weeks was too great and Sylvester was too good a cat. It’s been three years and counting. No signs of illness. I’m told he may live a normal lifespan. He walks around the block on leash daily and goes everywhere with me. And now Syl has two sisters, also foundlings.
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