There are two kinds of people in the world. The first believes that everything is disposable and that trash is magically transported to a world called “Away” where it simply poofs and disappears.
All too frequently, pets are the victims of this first mindset. People buy animals on an impulse, only to realize later on that they don’t actually want them. Far too many times, instead of being responsible and trying to find a loving home, they decide abandonment is an easier solution.
Luckily, the second kind of person knows that everything we throw away has to go somewhere. We try to recycle, reuse, renovate and rehab to get as much use as possible out of something before it finally ends up in a landfill somewhere. We know that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Those same people are usually very responsible pet owners who realize that owning a pet requires a great deal of time and effort. They are usually the ones going the extra mile to help an animal in need.
One woman ended up “dumpster diving” one day, but not in search of something useful. She was trying to find the source of the tiny whimpers she was hearing coming from inside the dumpster behind the shop where she worked.
She had put the Closed sign in the window and headed for her car when she heard the tiny cries for help. Ignoring the stench and trying to not think about what she was touching, she climbed into the dumpster to find whatever it was that needed her.
Eventually, she found the source of the cries. A tiny baby kitten with a seriously injured paw.
The baby was so young its eyes were barely open. It was crying pitifully, obviously in pain as well as hungry. Who knows when he’d had his last meal?
She raced it to the vet and waited anxiously to hear how bad the injury really was. She had named the kitten “Martyr” while she was cuddling him as she drove.
After the veterinarian examined the little guy and made sure he was warm and well fed, he prescribed a course of treatment.
When he described everything the kitten had gone through, Martyr’s new owner realized just how lucky the kitten had been. Only a few hours more and he likely would not have survived.
Martyr had lost a paw to gangrene and he had a severely broken leg but seemed otherwise healthy. The vet said the kitten was very young to undergo the necessary treatment, but he was willing to try if Martyr’s new owner was.
Then, the vet shared a scrap of amazing news. The woman’s new kitten was a calico. That color pattern is one of the least common in cats, having hairs of three different colors, black, white and red, with white being predominant.
That in itself made the cat special. But, the calico gene is one that is usually sex-linked. That is, most calico cats are of one sex, female. Because males only have one X chromosome, a male calico would have to have a rare condition where they have three sex chromosomes (two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome) in order to be calico.
This condition is so rare that out of 3000 calico cats, only one might possibly be a male!
And, little Martyr was indeed a calico male. That fact didn’t make his new owner love him any harder, but it did make her realize even more how fate had led her to that dumpster that day!
After giving little Martyr a little while to gain some strength, surgery was scheduled to fix his shattered leg. He made it through the surgery with flying colors. He wasn’t all that thrilled about the “bonnet” he was forced to wear to keep him from chewing at his stitches, but otherwise, he was a perfect patient.
In fact, his owner says Martyr is growing into pretty much a perfect little cat overall. They have become the very best of friends.
Not a day goes by that she doesn’t give thanks to fate for letting her hear Martyr’s cries for help. She hopes that whoever tossed the poor injured kitten into a dumpster to wait for death realizes that karma is going to bite them someday. We just hope it bites really hard! And holds on.
Source: Honest To Paws