This 8-month-old kitten was physically abused and was found wandering around an apartment complex in District Heights, Maryland. Despite his rough experience with his abuser, the cat remains trusting and loving toward people. According to his rescuers, the sweet kitten is the most affectionate cat they’ve ever rescued.
Meet Hardy the cat!
Over a week ago, a kind-hearted man found the abused kitten desperate for some help. He was in a bad condition and the man immediately delivered the poor kitty to Prince George’s County Animal Shelter. People at the shelter quickly noticed his cuts and bruises. His limbs and tail are also tied up, which is a clear indication that someone had abused him.
Fortunately, a staff veterinarian at Alley Cat Rescue, a group that helps stray and neglected cats, noticed poor Hardy and pulled him out.
“Our veterinarian immediately assessed him, and although we believed he would survive, we were worried about how his injuries would affect his long-term outcomes,” Brianna Grant, communications associate at Alley Cat Rescue, told The Dodo. “Thankfully, he has been recovering amazingly, and our veterinarians say he will likely live his life with the same outcomes as a declawed cat because of his lost toes.”
Doctors immediately fixed Hardy’s wounds and Brianna made sure to look after him round the clock while he recovers.
“We are surprised by how well his wounds are healing. He has been a true fighter. He was purring and kneading his blanket right after his operation.”
People around him are surprised how sweet and loving the formerly abused kitten is despite his past experience.
“When our first staff member approached him, he immediately perked up and went in to get his head nudged,” Grant said. “Everyone who has met him has been surprised and awed about his loving and trusting nature.”
“Hardy loves to stretch his neck towards people and then flop over for belly rubs,” Grant said. “He instantly starts purring the second he is pet. You can hear purring from a few feet away.”
When Hardy finally recovered from his injuries, he went into foster care, where he will join other kitties who are waiting for the opportunity to be adopted.
“He loves to give his foster mom hugs and rub his face into her,” Grant said. “He burrows into his foster mom when he is scared.”
“Hardy is gaining confidence every day,” Amy Pate, Hardy’s foster mom, told The Dodo. “He wants to get out and explore his surroundings. His energy level is really picking up — he’s acting more like a very playful kitten.”
“Hardy is one of the most social cats I’ve ever fostered,” Pate added. “Despite all he’s gone through, he loves people. He is very affectionate and a purr machine. Hardy’s favorite activity is eating treats. He also loves sleeping in his ‘cave.’ And he loves getting belly rubs as much as most dogs.”
“He has really stood up to his name, which means courageous and able to overcome difficult circumstances,” Grant said. “Everyone at Alley Cat Rescue has been humbled by how resilient he has been despite everything he has been through.”
Authorities are now investigating Hardy’s case with hopes to find his abusers. Alley Cat Rescue is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
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H/T: The Dodo