Charlotte’s journey began in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ended in Palmetto, Florida. A beautiful long hair gray and white kitten, she was brought to Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control in October as a stray with special needs. This striking feline was diagnosed with a congenital deformity of both hind legs. Amazingly, Charlotte had overcome the fact she could not use her hind legs by standing on her front legs and walking hand-stand style.
A few days later during a University of Florida’s Maddie’s Shelter Medicine consultation, Charlotte was presented to Dr. Julie Levy and Dr. Sarah Kirk. The doctors were asked if they could help Charlotte. Dr. Levy immediately asked Dr. Kirk, “Would your friends at Cat Depot be able to help?” Within five minutes the response from Cat Depot was “Yes, how can we say no?”
Charlotte continued her journey to Cat Depot in Sarasota, Florida, and within a day of her arrival was the featured guest at the Cat Depot Friend Raiser Luncheon.
Dr. Kirk shared Charlotte’s special story to a captivated audience and showed a video of Charlotte walking:
One of the luncheon attendees, Beatrice, had just lost her cat and was still in the grieving process. After the luncheon was over, she spoke to Dr. Kirk at length while cradling Charlotte who happily snuggled in her arms. An immediate bond was formed! In some way perhaps Charlotte knew Beatrice needed her…
Beatrice and her daughter came to Cat Depot that afternoon and immediately asked to see Charlotte again. Beatrice was certain she could give Charlotte the home she needed and deserved. It is now official! Charlotte is in her new loving home and bringing Beatrice so much joy that Beatrice now can’t imagine being without her.
Pictured: Cat Depot Honored Veterinarian Dr. Sarah Kirk and Charlotte