This has been an exciting day one where we went from an almost-certain death sentence for two little blind kittens to one where a promise has been made that they will not be euthanized. When I was first contacted, the person who called me said that both cats were to be euthanized the following day if a home could not be found immediately. In the space of an evening, we were able to change the plan so that I would be interviewed on TV in an attempt to find a home for the kittens, both kittens would be vetted, and the kittens absolutely will not be euthanized!
Here's the story: I was interviewed for the local TV station today because the animal shelter has two blind kitties (one blind in both eyes and the other blind in one eye). Duffy was the star attraction, as we were trying to demonstrate that he is able to do almost everything a sighted cat can do. The two kittens will only be available for adoption as a pair because the little kitten (about 10 weeks old) that is blind in both eyes is very dependant on his brother. I am delighted about the whole turn of events.
Duffy was so accommodating that he demonstrated for the camera what I had just described to the reporter - that is, that he would start to come down a pole head-first somewhat like a squirrel, then swing his hips around and back the rest of the way down somewhat like a bear. He was a delight! My "dream" is that we will find adoptive care givers from this TV segment and possibly also convince others in the community to accept the care of handicapped cats.

Many people have the impression that it is a "chore" to take on a blind cat, but it's not. As I said earlier, Duffy can do almost anything that a sighted cat can do. The interview went very well, and the reporter was really impressed with what she saw. The reporter did an outstanding job. She filmed the kittens at the shelter, an interview with a local vet who explained that the problem was a neurological one in which the eyes failed to develop properly, my interview, and a short follow-up by two local news anchors.
My purpose in writing is to encourage those of you who are reading this to consider adopting a handicapped cat if you have plans to adopt a cat. It isn 't necessary to get a physically "perfect" cat in order to have a wonderful companion. In fact, I cannot imagine a more playful, loving cat than Duffy.

(I recently posted a few more photos of Duffy and Holly. They can be seen if you scroll down to the bottom of the second page under my signature.)

MaryL
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Photos of Holly and Duffy:
(introducing Duffy to Holly) (Duffy and Holly "settle in")
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Absolutely awesome, Mary! And tell Duffy how proud we are of him! Christine
Thank you for helping save these little guys! And let's hope they find a good home soon, I'm sure their future slaves are out there somewhere.

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wonderful news about the blind kitties. We will purr and pray that both are adopted SOON by a loving family.
Jazz & his mama

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That's a wonderful story, Mary. Thanks for sharing. I really admire what you're doing.
Shery
What a great story. Please let us know how it goes for the kitties. Judy F
This has been an exciting day one where we went from an almost-certain death sentence for two little blind ... Holly. They can be seenif you scroll down to the bottom of the second page under my signature.) MaryL

This is wonderful, Mary! Duffy has been a hero of mine since I first "met" him here, and I'm pleased to see he's now a hero to those little kittens!

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Congrats. I always hope that when stories like this happens that cats who need it get good and loving homes.

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This has been an exciting day one where we went from an almost-certain death sentence for two little blind ... the litter to reply) Photos of Holly and Duffy: (introducing Duffy to Holly) (Duffy and Holly "settle in")

what a wonderful story!
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