Karma.

Nina Toulmin

Heriot Bay (Closest Village Where We Can Pick Up O, Canada

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There’s quite a story behind this little guy’s appearance at our household!
We live at the remote northern end of Quadra Island, B.C., basically surrounded by forest, with neighbours few and far between, so wandering domestic animals are uncommon around here – they don’t last long with all the wolves and cougar common to our area. Consequently, when our dog woke me up this last Wednesday, barking excitedly, I assumed that there was going to be another young treed racoon that I would have to go out and coax down ( this had happened just a couple of weeks ago ).
However, when I got outside, Ayla, our husky-mix, had cornered a tiny, bedraggled, spitting ball of fluff. Ayla is accustomed to cats – we already have three – and is even such a pacifist that the deer who enjoy grazing in our yard will walk right by her, so this little kitten was in no danger, although being cornered while our pooch got our attention was obviously terrifying!
We brought him in, soothed him, fed him, warmed him, let him know he’d landed in a safe spot, and marveled that he’d managed to survive until finding his way to our doorstep…he was just a bundle of bones, so shaky that he could barely stand – clearly exhausted and on his last legs.
Next day we took him off-island to the nearest vet, who told us he was approx. four months old, just teething, and although weighing only two and a half pounds, should have been about four at this stage of his developement. He was covered in ticks, emaciated, but in suprisingly good condition otherwise… no broken bones or injuries, and only a few matts that needed to be cut out.
We’ve taken him back home, started him on antibiotics, given him a worming treatment, and have been feeding him ENORMOUS ammounts of high-quality food designed to pack some meat on his poor little frame as quickly as possible, and he’s responded magnificently! He’s a spunky little soul with a strong spirit and a sweet, endearing nature, and at the time of this photo, only a few days since he joined us, he’s begun to sport a bit of a belly, and has made remarkable progress settling in with us and our other pusses.
It still amazes us that he survived… our neighbours know nothing about him, he has no tatoo or other identification… our only assumption is that he was a drop-off animal, one of the, unfortunately, many, who are abandoned by people who have no business calling themselves human. I can’t even begin to express how angry such cruelty makes me.
However, it’s likely that we’ll never know little Karma’s history, or why he was wandering in the woods. We’re just grateful that Fate brought him to our doorstep!

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