"Phoenix Cat" Wants to Be a Calendar Girl
A cat who barely survived a horrific ordeal is now in the running to appear in a rescue pet calendar. And if any kitty deserves this honor, it's her.
The little tortoiseshell kitten arrived at the The Cat Shack in Trexlertown, Penn., last year, covered with severe burns after having been set afire by a group of teenagers.
Cat Shack staff named her Anikita, short for the Greek word aniketos, meaning "unconquered."
And unconquered she is. A year later, the sweet little tortie has risen from the ashes of her abuse and is hoping to make a splash in the modeling world. Despite missing part of her ears and two inches of her tail as a result of the burns, she's still a beautiful girl whose kindness and wisdom shows in the photo the Cat Shack has entered in the IMOM 2012 Rescue Pets Calendar Photo Contest.
The winner of the photo contest will receive a donation to the nonprofit of their choice. And, of course, if the Cat Shack wins, it will use the money to continue its mission of rescuing cats like Anikita sick, injured, and stray, with little to no hope of surviving in a kill shelter.
Anikita has paid forward her own rescue by helping to soothe the spirits of the people who cared for her. Cat Shack volunteer Theresa told Philadelphia Animal Welfare Examiner Amy Rossithat the abuse inflicted on the tiny kitten filled her with terrible anger toward the human race. But "even with her skin falling off, and the sub-q fluids, and the three-times-a-day medications, [Anikita] never stopped purring and continued accepting love from people," she said. "If she could forgive and move on, how could I not do the same?"
What a wonderful little healer! Even in the depths of her own pain, Anikita was able to mend the broken hearts of her caretakers.
It does cost money to vote in this contest, but if you have $5 (or more) to spare to help animal rescues like The Cat Shack and IMOM, why not? I think it would be wonderful to see a little survivor like Anikita showcased in a nationally distributed calendar. In fact, I'm planning on casting a bunch of votes after my next paycheck comes in.
I've got a special place in my heart for special-needs cats and those with incredible stories of survival. The devotion that The Cat Shack's staff showed in healing and rehabilitating Anikita and the strength of spirit that allowed Anikita to survive and heal hearts is more than worthy of reward.