Margo Montgomerie of New Hamburg wrote us this letter, including with it a picture of her unique cat.
Easter is just around the corner and I think this may be the perfect time to send an open letter to the person(s) who abandond a fragile kitten on The Morningside Village property in New Hamburg one chilly October day.
You left him near the river in an area seldom used where he could be found only by chance, and only by chance was he found.
Aside from his lovely markings, he had little going for him. Born with only one foreleg and unable to “meow”, dehydrated, confused and frightened, he must have been there for what seemed foreever.
I am a Morningside resident who happened to be in the office when his rescuer brought him in. I volunteered to care for him until the right home could be found. A few delightful weeks later, we, Tinker and I, knew the right home was with me.
It might comfort you to know in spite of the harrowing experiences you subhjected him to, Tinker still likes and trusts humans. He is friendly, sociable, frisky and playful.
Were you concerned his deformities might signifiy other problems? Let me reassure you, Tinker is healthy and intelligent and able to leap tall furniture in a single bound.
Did you have doubts about his ability to use a litter box? I’m happy to inform you he mastered the box on day one – a Herculean task for a tiny kitten with only one foreleg. It’s touching to watch him rotating his left shoulder in an attempt to use the limb that isn’t there. And he will not leave the box until the litter is tidied to his satisfaction, he has never had an accident, not once. His courage and perserverence are truly inspiration, admirable traits to boast of at Easter.
You saw Tinker as a special needs cat.
I see him as just plain special.
I hope these words will comfort you. In conclusion, I would ask of you, and others like you, to please reconsider before commiting such a callous and cowardly act again. The next time might not have such a happy ending.
Easter is a time of miracles; Tinker’s discovery and survival were miraculous.
Easter is a time of rebirth – Tinker has experenced a kind of rebirth.
Easter is a time of forgiveness. Well, where you’re concerned, the jury is still out.