Adam the cat had a very rough start in life. At only two-months-old, he was tortured cruelly by two 15-year-old girls while waiting to be transferred as part of a TNR program. The girls set him on fire, leaving Adam with third degree burns over 55% of his body. He was given a 50/50 chance for survival at the Animal Hospital of Cotati in Sonoma County, California where veterinarians began to do all that they could to save his life.
Stray and feral cats are subject to many dangers out on the streets with abuse from warped people only one of them. The risk of disease and injury by other means is incredibly high, making the life expectancy of an outdoor cat between 2 and 5 years on average. Indoor cats typically average about 17 years. Keeping family pets indoors, adopting from shelters and ensuring that cats are spayed or neutered can help lower stray populations and keep more vulnerable animals off of the streets.
Fortunately, Adam was placed in excellent hands. With an outpouring of community support and donations, he has been cared for with compassion and skill by the animal hospital and adopted by the lead nurse there. The two girls responsible were charged with animal cruelty in the juvenile system.
By educating youth that animals are living, breathing beings and not things, we can hopefully eradicate senseless crimes like this in the future. Many animals aren’t as lucky as Adam, who today lives comfortably with a fondness for belly rubs in a loving home. Way to go Adam!