"She’s everything," said Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt as she petted and cuddled her one-eyed black cat, Satin.
When a five-alarm fire broke out at Schmidt’s St. Louis apartment complex last week, many of the residents in the 194-unit building were left homeless, and many of the heartbroken tenants had been forced to leave their pets behind as they fled.
Schmidt wasn’t home when the fire broke out, so there was no way she could have rescued Satin. It wasn’t until she was returning from dinner with friends that she even found out about the tragedy.
Firefighters tried to rescue some of the residents’ pets, but they had to abandon the building because of the danger that it would collapse on top of them.
After the blaze was extinguished, rescuers combed the remains of the building looking for pets who had survived. Schmidt waited outside, hoping for news about her beloved cat. She knew that if any feline could live through this kind of tragedy, it was Satin. The scrappy cat had survived abuse and neglect before she came into Schmidt’s care, and although her trials had left her with one eye, within that tiny chest beat the heart of a hero.
On Saturday, Schmidt was at the Humane Society of Missouri visiting with her neighbors’ pets and being interviewed by a Fox 2 news crew when she spotted a rescuer walking into the room holding a small carrier with a black cat inside. She knew instantly that it was Satin. With a cry of joy, she pulled her feline companion out of the carrier and showered her with love and affection.
As she cuddled her beloved cat, she said Satin is much more to her than just a pet.
“She’s the reason why I am a doctor," Schmidt said. "I couldn’t have made it through residency without her."
Schmidt and Satin may be temporarily without a home, but at least they’re together again. And with their bond of love, I’m sure they’ll be just fine. Check out the news video of Schmidt and Satin’s reunion to start your weekend with a smile.