This is the face of someone who has been left behind….

The owners moved away leaving this cat and another to just fend for themselves.

I took this photograph the day my best friend Sandy moved into her new house. The landlord said the cats were left behind by previous tenants. Most people in this situation would probably get rid of the cats considering Sandy already has five cats of her own but no….
You see, I have this most amazing best friend, she never even gives it a second thought…she just carries on about her life with 7 cats now….I just love Sandy so much.

As you can see here this sweet cat has an eye condition, the other cat does as well just not as bad as this one. When we first arrived at the house, both cats were scared out of their wits, this one more than the other and who could blame them, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to just be left behind this way.
The other cat came around quickly but this one has been more cautious. Every time we would feed her she would run at first and then when we walked away she would go devour her food.
The last time I was at Sandy’s house which was a couple of weeks ago, I was just delighted to see that Sandy had managed to gain this girls trust, she allows Sandy to pet her now and she let me pet her too and I was so excited about this.
I gave Sandy some medicine for the eyes of both cats and once they settle in more with the changes in their lives we will get them in for check ups. They seem pretty healthy other than the eyes. They both eat really well. Sandy hasn’t named them yet but she will and it will be a cool name like the other names she has come up with for her other cats that can be seen in my gallery…Sheriff, Charlie, Annie, Hyper and Snow Ball.

These cats got lucky…they were found by Sandy but not all cats get this lucky. The fact that these cats were left behind like this is just ridiculous to me. I understand there can be circumstances but for me there is just no circumstance that is so severe that a person cannot pick up a phone and call one of the thousands of resources there are available for this type of situation.
You all know that I am not a judgmental kind of girl but this right here….to me…is just irresponsible and unacceptable behavior from any human being.
It’s cruel and I am so glad I am not the kind of person who could do this to an animal.

For anyone who is in a situation like this where they are facing moving and cannot take their animals with them, I encourage you to to contact Petfinder this organization would be a first stop in helping you find the help that you would need for your furry friends. I have personally used Petfinder countless times when trying to find homes for feral cats that were in need of a home because of special circumstances that left them unable to return to the wild. I was able to able to place every animal I have listed on that site, it is also a portal of information for those in need.

Please, don’t leave your animals behind when you move…please.


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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 2 years ago

    Thank you Jen for sharing this very moving story.
    I couldn’t agree more – kudos to your friend Sandy and my very best wishes for her new adopted babies.
    You are a good writer Jen ☺

  • Thanks Kira…what a nice thing to say. .

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starnerover 2 years ago

    Poor kitty. She did get lucky. Thank goodness for you friend ….

  • Thank you….Sandy is just the best.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 2 years ago

    A lovely story, Jenny . . . cheers for your friend, Sandy . . . and for all those people who take in strays . . .

  • Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 2 years ago

    Awww…precious babies!!! So happy your friend is the way she is…she gave these babies another chance…
    I hate people that do that to animals!!!
    Beautiful capture and nice story :o)

  • Thank you so much.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 2 years ago

    Terrible story! Our rescue uses Petfinder and also to find homes for our cats. They do a great job. It is pitiful to think an animal could be deserted like that. Your friend sounds like a saint!

  • My friend Sandy is the best, I adore her and her beautiful heart. I am happy you mentioned Petfinder and, it’s important to give people options, it’s the only way to help them make better choices. Petfinder has been a life saver for our Trap n Release program, I will have to check out for sure. Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Great shot of this beauty who was very lucky to cross paths with your wonderful friend… I will never understand some people.. I mean, who you move and leave your child behind??? no difference in my mind…if you have a second see my last post and you’ll see my little wild one I took in…lovely work, lovely cat, lovely friend..

  • Thank you and your little feral girl is just a beauty.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    You and Sandy both Rock!

  • Thank you Laura.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago


  • Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    Jenny. your write and image is such a heart-warming experience, so many animals are in this situation, thankfully there are people such as you and Sandy that act on it, Bless your hearts

  • And bless your heart for helping me spread the word. Thank you Laura for your ongoing support.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

    A sad story but I’m so pleased that these two cats have been given a loving home now

  • Me too. Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

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