A girl on a power wheelchair always wanted a cat but every time they go to a shelter to pick one, all the cats are scared of the wheelchair’s sound. But one day, a fearless cat hops onto her lap and picks her as his forever family.
Chris Poole is an animal lover who enjoys feeding stray cats at their neighborhood.
Aside from having a few cats of his own, he also enjoys taking care of the strays by putting out some food so they could have some dinner.
“Apartment complexes usually get lots of stray cats at the dumpsters as well as cats that are left behind when people move out,” Chris explained.
One day, he noticed a blue-eyed white cat joining the usual neighborhood cats in eating outside his home. Over the weeks, he was able to befriend the cat and it eventually allowed him to give some head scratches.
As it let its guard down, Chris named the cat as Sinatra because it is fond of meowing and was rather ‘talkative’.
“Then an even bigger breakthrough came when I introduced him to catnip and silver vine. He would roll around and let me pet his belly and generally have a good time,” Chris shared.
Chris knew that this cat would be better off in a loving family home but he can’t provide that because he already has plenty of other felines to take care of. So, he called up Suncoast Animal League in Palm Harbor, Florida to rescue Sinatra.
Larissa Condarcure, one of the shelter volunteers, had the brilliant idea that Sinatra just might be perfect for Kiley Griggs, a young woman on a wheelchair who went to the shelter some months before.
“They explained the troubles that they have had finding a cat, and I was determined to get them the right cat,” Larissa said.
All the cats were scared of Kiley’s power wheelchair but when she visited the shelter again.
Sinatra simply sauntered towards her and jumped onto her lap.
Even when Kiley moved her wheelchair, Sinatra didn’t mind. He wasn’t the least bit scared of the sound.
They’ve found the perfect cat!
Lori Griggs, Kiley’s mom, was quite delighted with Sinatra.
“When we opened his cat carrier in our daughter’s bed, he crawled right up onto her and snuggled. He could care less about her driving around the house. Actually, he is like a speed bump and doesn’t even move out of the way,” Lori narrated.
“It is like he has been a part of the family ever since he got here. He sits in her lap in the wheelchair as she does her schoolwork and snuggles her throughout the day.”
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