India goes home

by austinpetsalive • Posted in: Where are they now

Our readers & supporters may remember hearing about a little blind bottle baby kitten we rescued, named India, who was one of the first Miracle Babies the Bottle Baby team rescued this year. India came to us mostly blind with a bad eye infection due to a common virus among cats, and thanks to a generous donor, we received the necessary funds to surgically remove what was left of her eyes… mostly scar tissue.

We began the process early of promoting India’s story in the hopes that someone out there would be interested in adopting this sweet black & white kitten who has shown so much resilience that her foster family was almost certain she could actually see.

After a lot of social networking, APA! received an email from a woman named Mary in Houston. Understandably, Mary had a lot of questions: How did this happen? What is her prognosis? Will she get along with other cats? All legitimate questions, but what became clear is that Mary had other reasons for asking.

Mary is in the process of writing a book about her parents, both of whom are blind and have been for her entire life. Mary’s parents have a remarkable story, one that proves true love doesn’t require sight (her parents met at Texas School for the Blind when they were both in 4th grade), and that success and achievement can be obtained no matter what adversity is faced (both of her parents led successful careers – her dad was even a Judge).

Mary’s own grown daughter saw the messages posted about our little blind kitten and simply said, “Adopting this kitten and what it would mean to our family will be a great addition to your book.”

And there it was.

So began weeks of communication between India’s foster family and her possible future family. Sharing information on her progress, her personality and her surgery, which was just performed on July 20th. On the morning of July 22nd, Mary and her daughter made the trip to Austin to meet India for the first time, and as if she knew the spotlight was on her, she showed what she is made of. She sniffed out a catnip mouse in the Courtney Griffin Greeting Room at the APA! Tarrytown Adoption Center, and batted it around playfully. She then found her way into the arms of the family there to meet her and quickly settled in for a cuddly nap.  Aren’t these the things that make anyone love a kitten?

Adoption complete, India settled into her brand new carrier with a handmade blue and white blanket from someone outside of Texas who heard about her story and wanted to give her something special.

And as it happens, emails were exchanged once India was in her new home in Houston. Her adopter wrote:

“We had a very pleasant trip home. India was a super traveler–not a peep! Katie [my daughter] kept looking back to make sure that she was ok, and she was peacefully sleeping. She’s now in her new room, exploring and totally not looking like a blind kitten. On the way home, we had fun coming up with names. At one random point, I thought of Lily.”

“Lily” just so happens to be the name that the foster family called her, but this small detail was never shared between foster and adopter. Sometimes, it just seems that the universe aligns and brings us all a great ending to such a touching story.

Have a great life, little one! We enjoyed being a part of your rescue and your journey to a long, long life.

APA! has several other blind kittens and cats in our care, each waiting for a chance at finding their forever homes, including Neela, Kayless, and Barnabas to name a few. If you are interested in learning more, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

5 Responses to "India goes home"

  1. Clarasays: July 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    A HUGE thank you is in order for Gwen Cooper, author of Homer the Blind cat. She kindly agreed to put up some info on India, which is how Mary found her.

    Mary and India were just destined for each other. :) Kismet.

  2. Linda Ruddsays: July 26, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I had a hard time reading this update. I had so many (joyous!) tears in my eyes that I could hardly see the page! India is such an adorably sweet kitty. I so enjoyed being one of the very fortunate people to get to feed her and cuddle her. She deserves a wonderful family that will give her all the love and attention such a precious little like her should get. And she’s found that home! I cannot tell you how excited I am for India and her new forever family. Give that sweet girl a kiss for me. She’s such a sweetheart. Congratulations!

  3. Thelmasays: July 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I adopted a kitten 5 years ago who was also blind due to a bad eye infection when she was found in the middle of the road at 6 weeks old. She had many surgeries, her eyes were removed and she has a heart murmer. Another cat at the shelter took a liking to her and kept her warm and safe during all her recoveries. I read their story, went to meet them and fell in love. Helen and Joe remain a happy couple. Helen’s only limitation is that she can’t jump up high. But I never told her she was blind and apparently she doesn’t know! She never ceases to amaze me and gets along fine with all my other cats. I would never hesitate in adopting another special needs animal. If you have a little patience in the beginning the love you will receive will pay back 10 times over!!

  4. Katherine Harpersays: August 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I’m Mary’s daughter, Katie, and I can tell you after spending just a few days with Lily that she is a total love and purr bug who will play & explore her heart out and then come cuddle up on your shoulder for a nap. We brought her home just over a week ago and I couldn’t be more in love with this little kitten!! I live in a different city and had to leave the other day – it was all I could do not to kitty nap her away! I can tell everyone with confidence that this little girl will have the most amazing home and life with my parents! They are both so in love with her!

    Lily is scheduled to get her eye stitches out tomorrow from our wonderful vet, Alice Frei, who has taken care of our many many animals for over 20 years.

    Lily is the cutest, happiest, and most loving baby girl and I’d like to thank APA, the volunteers and her fabulous foster family for taking such good care of her.

  5. austinpetsalivesays: August 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Oh, wow, thank you so much for the update, Katie! We love hearing these stories from our adopters!