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Shelter Staff Arrives At Work And Finds Saddest Thing Waiting For Them

When a staff member at Alley Cat Rescue, a cat shelter in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, arrived at work one morning in June, he saw a carrier sitting on the front steps. At first, he didn’t think anything of it.

“Sometimes people donate carriers, so he wasn’t initially alarmed … until he saw the sign on top,” Brianna Grant, communications associate at Alley Cat Rescue, told The Dodo.

“Please help!” someone had written on a piece of cardboard. “He is amazing. I’m sorry.”

The staff member looked inside the carrier and found a tiny 3-month-old kitten with a badly injured eye.

“His eye was swelled up, probably twice its normal size, so we knew right away that we had to help him,” Grant said. “Our vet looked at the injury and thought it was a sudden trauma, such as the kitten falling or something got hit into his eye. There was no sign that this was an intentional injury, so right now we think an accident happened, and his previous owner just got overwhelmed.”

The kitten, whom they started calling Kobu, immediately went into surgery to remove his eye — and he’s recovered remarkably fast.

“He is definitely a resilient kitten,” Grant said. “He has been such a champ through everything. When we first found him he was withdrawn, but has done a complete 180 since then. He is now a happy and goofy boy.”

Kobu is currently being kept in the shelter’s kitten room, and he’s already made a lot of friends.

“He loves the other kittens and is constantly cuddling with them and playing with them,” Grant said. “He really is amazing — he’s such a sweetheart.”

“He also loves to meet new people,” she added. “Anytime a new person comes into the kitten room, he runs up to them and immediately wants to be pet.”

Kobu has even escaped once to hang out with the adult cats who live on the floor below the kitten room. “He loved to meet everyone,” Grant said. “He’s definitely not a shy cat.”

Since Kobu is so gregarious, Grant thinks the best home for him would be one where he’s not the only cat.

“We’re looking for him to go to a home that currently has another cat, or [with someone who] is willing to adopt him along with another cat,” she said.

Based on the note, it was clear that Kobu’s former owner did care about him — yet Grant explained that it’s dangerous to leave a cat or kitten at a shelter’s front door, especially in the heat of the summer.

“We’re always willing to help people when we can and provide advice, so we’re glad the person brought the cat … but we hope that if someone is in a similar situation, they knock on the door, and we’d be happy to help them as we can,” Grant said.