The young soldier has always loved animals, and was happy when he found the perfect little calico cat to adopt at a Sacramento shelter. Then he was deployed to Iraq and things became much more complicated for them both.
While he was still home, the soldier developed a wonderful relationship with the friendly, sweet cat. He named her Patches because her creamy coat is dappled with bits of gold and mocha-colored fur.
Patches loves her soldier.
When he was deployed to Iraq, the soldier left his dear Patches with his mother. He knew that she would care for Patches and keep her safe and happy until he came home.
The soldier served honorably and is now home from the war, but he paid a high price for his service. He sustained serious injuries resulting in permanent damage, and his life will never be the same.
One of the many limitations the soldier had to face is that he would never be able to care for his beloved companion Patches. But he at least had the comfort of knowing that his mother would keep and love the cat forever.
Then the wounded veteran lost his mother to multiple sclerosis.
In the midst of his grief, the young man recognized that there was no one left to care for his sweet Patches. In great personal turmoil, he had her surrended to the animal shelter.
His desperate hope is that someone will adopt his Patches and let her be part of their family forever.
There are many needy pets at the shelter; so many that healthy, loving animals have to be euthanized because there is just no space left to keep them.
But the young soldier believes that a kind-hearted soul will recognize how special Patches is, as he did when he brought her home himself.
Patches is up for adoption through LAPCATS, a non-profit rescue group that seeks to find homes for Sacramento shelter animals. Anyone that is interested in Patches can meet her at the LAPCATS adoption center in the Elk Grove PetSmart LAPCATS Adoption Center
- 8215 Laguna Blvd, Elk Grove, 95758
- Open Wednesday & Thursday noon – 2:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
- To set an appointment outside of those hours, send a request by email to [email protected]
The soldier came home to loss and pain, but Patches may still have a chance for a safe and happy home. Could it be with you?
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