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From Tehran Streets to California Vineyards: Refugee Cat Finds a Home

Maloos, who was found in the streets of an Iranian city barely clinging to life, is adopted by a Napa family.

 |  Jun 12th 2012  |   3 Contributions


Maloos when he was first found in Tehran. Image courtesy SF/ACC
About six weeks ago, I wrote "Iranian Cat Finds Purr-litical Asylum in California," a post about Maloos, a cat who was found in the streets of Tehran, covered in mud and gasoline and riddled with wounds and abscesses. An international rescue effort brought him to San Francisco, where he was taken into the care of San Francisco Animal Care & Control.

The spunky orange-and-white cat has undergone weeks of medical treatment and has been fitted with a wheelchair because of the congenital deformities that prohibit him from walking. Thanks to donations from people who were touched by his story, not a single taxpayer dollar was spent on Maloos' treatment.

The list of people interested in adopting the little guy grew so long that Animal Care & Control had to hold a lottery to see who would be the lucky caretaker for an incredibly lucky cat.

I'm overjoyed to report that Maloos has found his forever home with Lalia Aghaie and her family.

Maloos loves his big blue toy. Image courtesy of Laila Aghaie

Aghaie spent a good part of her youth in Iran, living with her father in a city south of Tehran. She sees Maloos not only as a wonderful cat in his own right, but as a connection to her father's homeland and to her childhood.

Aghaie took Maloos home to her Napa home to join her husband and their two children. Maloos is doing wonderfully in his new home, approaching his life with fearlessness and a friendly demeanor.

You'd hardly recognize this handsome fellow as the same cat who was found half-dead in the streets of Tehran. Image courtesy of Laila Aghaie

But this update is good news for more than one cat and one family. Maloos' journey and ordeals have inspired Aghaie, who is the director of a nonprofit that works with young students to publish their writing, to turn his story into a children's book. She hopes his story will educate the Iranian community about animal rescue.

Source: KTVU-TV

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