Jessica wasn’t looking to add another animal to her life, but that all changed when she came across a rough-looking cat snuggling up to a volunteer on APA!’s Facebook page this past January. Despite his battered and scraggly appearance, Jessica knew she had to meet him.
This rough-looking fellow was named Possum, and he was suffering from a severe case of ringworm. Despite nearly being completely bald in some spots, Jessica knew she had to give him a chance.
The photo of him standing was taken the day she met him. “It was love at first greeting!” Shares Jessica, “I cried when I met him for the first time. He crawled up on my lap and started playing with my hat, and I knew he was the one.”
Jessica felt in her heart that Possum needed her most, so she decided to give him the greatest gift of all: a place he could call his forever home.
It would take a few months for Possum’s ringworm to heal, but Jessica shares that despite all the horror stories she’s heard about ringworm, treating the fungus wasn’t nearly as bad as her preconceived thoughts made her believe. She’s thankful that the APA! ringworm team supported her and Possum every step of the way.
Jessica’s favorite thing about Possum’s personality is how sweet and loving he is to everyone, almost as if he’s showing his gratitude for being alive: “Whenever I have people over, he'll sit in their laps, hold their hands, and wants to be at the center of attention. He also gets very excited and starts meowing like crazy when I come home from work, just like a dog would.”
Jessica says that as much as Possum needed her, she needed him that much more. “I felt this other-wordly connection to this guy ever since meeting him for the first time at the shelter. He's been through hell and back, yet he's still the most loving, precious kitty I've ever met,” she emotionally shares. “It sounds cheesy, but he's been a real inspiration to me. Even though he smelled absolutely rancid and required three types of medication and lots of supervision when I took him home, none of it felt like a chore because he felt like a member of the family the second we brought him home.”
In most shelters in the country, Possum would’ve been euthanized for the state he was in, even though ringworm is a highly treatable, temporary skin rash. Jessica shares that she is forever grateful that Possum found his way to APA!. We’re forever grateful to her for taking this boy home, healing him, and giving him the love he so deserves.
As 2019 comes to a close, please donate today so that we can enter into the new year stronger than ever. We'll continue the push to save more lives like Possum’s through innovative efforts in the coming year, but need you to make it happen. We encourage you to keep in mind the animals that need you most. We wouldn't, and they wouldn't exist without you.