This woman just couldn't get Jon Snow out of her head.
Cat lover Rachel Brown knew she wanted to adopt a feline friend and spent weeks looking at incoming cats that were brought into kill shelters. She scoured through pages of available cats and knew instantly that Jon Snow, a cat that didn’t look too great, was the one for her.
Jon Snow was found as a stray cat in an alley in South Korea, where he was near death and suffering from starvation, dehydration, and a severe upper respiratory infection.
“He was obviously in really bad shape but I couldn’t get him out of my head,” Brown told The Dodo.
When Brown’s boyfriend called the shelter to inquire about Jon, they essentially told him that that they should not adopt Jon because of his dire condition. He wasn’t eating and was very sick, but Brown couldn’t shake the feeling that they were meant to be together.
“It would be expensive. But I couldn’t just leave him there, I wanted to help him so bad, so I did.”
Just as she suspected, taking in Jon was no easy task and she immediately took him from the shelter to an emergency vet. When she arrived at the shelter, he was hunched over in his wire cage and looking poor next to his plate of untouched food. Brown filled out the paperwork to adopt him quickly and zipped him out of there.
The cutest thing happened on their way to the vet: Jon Snow was attentive enough to make a bit of noise and move around to show Brown that he was grateful to be out of the uncomfortable shelter.
“He did try to get up and walk out of his carrier, so I could tell he still had a fight in him. He meowed when he couldn’t see me through the mesh, and he kept staring at me.”
It may not seem like much, but these movements probably took a lot of energy for a cat that rescuers said was on his death bed. The doctors at the vet repeated the same information to Brown as the shelter people did, and even suggested that she put down Jon Snow because it was unlikely that he would survive. He was diagnosed with feline coronavirus (FCoV) and feline herpesvirus (FHV), along with several other infections.
Of course, his new mom was not about to give up so easily and refused to listen to the doctor’s advice, instead checking him into the hospital for an extended stay. Brown took a 30-minute train ride to visit Jon Snow everyday at the hospital and in just five days his tests came back completely normal. The vets had never seen anything like it, but this news confirmed what Brown knew all along: Jon Snow was a fighter.
Brown was able to take Jon Snow and he has completely transformed into a healthy, energetic kitty. She said,
“He’s the best cat. He has such a personality. He’s crazy, he runs around like a maniac and climbs his cat tower at light speed.”
He loves to play, follows his mom around wherever she goes, and cuddles up on her pillow every night to be close to Brown. As many people who rescue animals ask, Brown wonders who rescued who?
“I’m so blessed by him,” Brown said. “He makes my life a million times happier.”
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