There are over 70 million homeless animals living in the U.S. today, and about 70 percent of which are cats – and the numbers are growing every day. It is estimated that in six years time, one unaltered female cat can produce up to 400,000 kittens! This staggering number only starts to explain how there are so many cats living on the fringes of human society. With their naturally independent nature, many homeless cats quickly become feral, rejecting all human contact. But sometimes, if you are lucky, you can gain the trust of these animals, striking up a special friendship that feels like a privilege.

This is Blondie. She was first spotted living among the brambles of a dead end street, near a department store. From afar, she looked like a beautiful lion.

Many stray animals are discarded pets who have lost their homes and faith in humans. Life on the streets isn’t easy for animals. They have to find shade and shelter wherever they are able.

This cat was quite shy and she was showing all of the telltale signs of having had a difficult life.

Soon, the kitty began to get curious. Eventually, the cat began to come out of the woods and get closer to her admirer, who also brought food!

Soon, she was getting quite comfy, coming out just spending time with this patient lady.

Finally, she let the woman pet her! It took her 14 months to establish this level of trust. 

Up close, it became obvious that this poor gal was in need of some veterinary care. She may have never seen a vet in her whole life!

At first, she seemed to think the woman had betrayed her trust with this scary metal cage.

But soon, she relaxed while they waited to see the vet.

Sadly, this story does not have a happy ending. It turns out that Blondie was suffering from a terrible disease called feline peritonitis. Despite all of the vet’s best efforts, there was nothing else to do. Blondie passed away, only a few days after she finally made it to her new home.

Sometimes an act of kindness can save a life. At other times it can only make what is left of a life better. Rest in peace, Blondie.

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