Fall, with its dank and wet weather, isn’t a good time to be a stray cat in the Ukraine. If you’re a deaf cat and you live in an impoverished area full of hungry roaming dogs, it’s never a good time to be a homeless kitty. But Snowflake had found himself in that very situation.
Nobody’s really sure how the gorgeous and friendly cat found himself living the street life or how he came to take up residence in a treetop. Fortunately for Snowflake, a woman who lived near his leafy home was concerned about him. Even though the woman couldn’t give him a place to live, she did provide him with something to eat every day and contacted area rescue groups to get assistance for the homeless feline.
The Ukraine is no different from just about every other part of the world, in that there are far too many stray animals and far too few resources to help them.
The Dnepropetrovsk-based Friend Animal Shelter found out about Snowflake’s trouble, but they didn’t know what they could do to help.
"The shelter is not a safe place for a deaf cat," shelter director Marina Bokovlets said, explaining that she was concerned that the dogs and cats in the shelter would take advantage of Snowflake’s disability and possibly hurt him. On the organization’s Facebook page, Bokovlets asked for a "godmother or godfather" to pay for the cost of boarding the cat until they found a safe place for him.
Social media works in mysterious ways, and somehow Boklovets’ plea caught the attention of the Massachusetts-based Harmony Fund.
"Please place this kitty in a safe location. Harmony Fund will pay for the cost," Laura Salter Simpson commented on Friends’ post about Snowflake’s situation. The organization’s Operation Holiday Kitty, which provides funding for emergency winter rescue activities for cats facing homelessness in cold climates all around the world, donated the money to board Snowflake until he could find a permanent home.
Last week, Snowflake was moved into a foster home with a woman who is seriously considering adopting him. The cat’s new residence won’t be palatial — but it will be warm, safe, and filled with love. What else could a cat ask for?