We already miss Lucky so much at the clinic; her chatting away and her silly antics, but we are reassured that she has the most wonderful home complete with patient and caring “parents” who will continue to love her just as we all did at Mountainside Animal Clinic.
Lucky was abandoned at the clinic around 7:30 pm on October 2, 2018. It was only by sheer, unadulterated “luck” that I happened to be taking Bacci in after hours for some oxygen therapy. When I drove up at 8:30 pm and saw what the black carrier held inside, my panic immediately went into overdrive because I was now looking at one more cat in desperate need of medical attention.
As many of you may have seen, my boyfriend, Brett, came to *our* rescue and with his reassuring demeanour and calm hands, he was able to gently rip at the tape with his pocketknife; being so delicate as to not cut her ears that were tightly taped and folded in on top of her head.
As he peeled the tape off her face, Lucky looked up at Brett with a look of sheer gratitude, then looked around at her surroundings. She never hissed, growled, or showed any form of aggression despite the horror of what she had clearly gone through and heaven knows what else.
She was an instant celebrity, a spokescat for all the abused animals in the world. She also became one of the most loved felines for the love she had of the human race. The very race that tortured her and abandoned her in a black canvas carrier. It was apparent by the numerous nail sheaths and the abundance of fur lining the inside of the carrier, that this prison of hers was used multiple times to torture her by keeping her confined for hours on end. Drywall dust and plaster remnants are seen on both the inside and outside of the carrier, the duct tape had been wrapped around Lucky’s head as if the individual was left handed... one might imagine the person who committed this cruelty would be in the construction trade. The duct tape remains in our possession; in a ziplock bag to preserve anything else about Lucky’s abuser. Fingerprints, human hair, DNA... it’s waiting. Had this happened to a child, a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a husband, a wife, your best friend... this would have been treated so differently.
Instead, we had all of you standing tall for Lucky. You were all her voice; she felt your love, your compassion, your generosity, and she knew she mattered so much more than she once believed. We believe it is because of all this kindness, compassion, and love, that Lucky finally got to experience JOY. Lucky became a sweet and playful kitten; she played like everything was a new experience. She loved to chat and would sit with me while I worked at the computer in the back.
Lucky’s bladder infection has cleared up, her anemia corrected with a better diet, her hind end is no longer painful, she’s vaccinated, microchipped, and she’s gained a full pound in the month we had the privilege of sharing our lives with her.
Lucky is already dearly missed by us all. It feels extra quiet at the clinic but it’s all part of what we do; we couldn’t be happier for her and her new hoomans and we are grateful to have them as part of our ELM family.
With so much gratitude, thank you. Never has one beautiful rescue had such a huge impact on so many. Despite Lucky’s past, we are grateful for her and just how much she taught us. She taught us that it’s important to keep going, not to let your past prevent you from learning new things or meeting new people, and most importantly, she taught us the importance of NEVER letting anyone break your spirit.
Thank you, Lucky, for being the sunshine in our lives.
To Lucky’s previous owner, thank you for leaving Lucky where you did. Despite your cruelty, Lucky is now happy in a loving home. A home where she is a family member and not a piece of property that can be duct taped and abandoned in the dark. Please get the help you need and deserve before this escalates and someone else gets hurt. No one deserves to be treated the way you treated Lucky. Thankfully we have a happy ending.
We know Lucky’s story went viral; reaching hundreds of thousands of people across the globe, and it is my hope that her experience made a positive difference in the lives of many.
We love you Lucky and we can’t wait to hear just how much you are loving your new life!
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