Cat stories don’t always make sense.
There’s nothing logical about driving 10+ hours round trip to adopt an ancient, blind, deaf cat you’ve only “met” online, especially when you already have three blind cats at home.
There’s nothing logical about going from “homeless street urchin” to “travelworthy celebrity” in less than a year.
But then, there’s nothing logical about love.
Levi‘s adoption is our favorite sort of antilogic. To tell the miraculous tale, I hand the mic off to our wonderful staff member Jane. Quoth the Jane:
“Adoptions. It’s what we are all about. It’s ultimately what we want for all of our cats, and they are always happy occasions.
“However, once in a while an adoption will be bittersweet. Bitter for selfish reasons, sweet because every one of our kitties deserves a loving home.
“And so it is in the case of Levi. That’s right, you have helped make a genuine miracle possible: our senior boy has found a forever home with a loving adopter. After falling in love with him online, this amazing woman drove all the way from Pittsburgh – a ten-hour round trip – just to make him part of her family. With three other beloved blind cats, Levi’s new mom is no stranger to loving Special Needs kitties. As you can see in the photo below, he’s already making himself very much at home. Forever home.
“As you know, our wonderful, sweet Levi came to us from a vet tech in Newark, NJ. She knew that this dear blind, deaf, 16 year old boy was headed to a dark place. Her contact with Tabby’s Place, combined with the generosity of Paws and Claws Society, Inc., saved his life and changed ours.
“From the moment he arrived, Levi has been stealing the hearts of staff and volunteers. Spend just one minute with him on your lap, listening to his loud purrs and feeling his head bumps against your cheek, and your blood pressure drops to normal, your heart swells, and his unconditional love puts you in an emotional place you never thought possible.
“Selfishly, we wish that Levi could stay with us in the confines of the Tabby’s Place lobby for the rest of his life. But it is our mission to nurture and care for our cats until they find their forever homes. We know that Levi’s adoption leaves us with a void. The sweet reality is that he will live a life of comfort and love with his new adopter for the rest of his days. A greater gift could not be given to our Levi.
“And so it is with a heavy, but happy, heart that we say goodbye to Levi and congratulations to the new human in his life. May he bring you much joy and love.
“Godspeed, sweet boy. You will be missed.”
It surely couldn’t be said better than that. But, since Levi’s love broke and healed many hearts, this post has a postlude. Volunteer Larry, step up to the mic…
“When I found out that Levi would be leaving Tabby’s Place for his forever home, at first I was sad. To say I will miss him is an understatement. Sadness was soon replaced with joy, happiness and wonder. I have knowledge of the wonder that is Levi. This special old man is now part of our history. He will live on in our hearts and memory. It is true we may sometimes miss him, and we will. But it is not true that he will be missed more than others. I think of Molly, Hillary, Yasmine, Chance and Erin.
“The images of these kitties are engraved in my mind and heart. We are also blessed to be able to share Levi’s love. I am overjoyed knowing that Levi is now in his Forever Home. Please remember: Once a Tabby’s Place kitty, always a Tabby’s Place kitty. A person who shares his home with a Tabby’s Place kitty is forever a family member.
“Please share our happiness.”
We know you do.
One last thing about stories: with apologies to Dawes, stories don’t end. Levi’s certainly doesn’t. And his adoptive mom has promised to keep us posted on the Tabby’s Place Facebook group.
Long live the deeper logic of love. Long live Levi.
Photo credits from the top: Mark, Mark, Danielle, Levi’s Extraordinary New Mama.