Nine-year-old Otitis, a deaf earless cat, had no idea his life was about to change forever.When his owners couldn’t afford to treat the cysts growing in his ears, they surrendered him to a nearby shelter. Not only did Otitis end up losing his hearing, both ears also had to be amputated.
Scared and deaf, he waited day after day for someone to give him a home, but no one wanted an old, earless cat. Potential families took one look at his disfigured shape before turning their attention to younger, healthier animals.
Elsewhere, Molly Lichtenwalner was browsing Petfinder for a cat to adopt. “I was having severe anxiety as a result of a car accident,” the graduate student said in an interview .
“I decided it was time for me to adopt an animal to help with my anxiety, because nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends.”
When a photo of Otitis appeared on her screen, it was love at first sight. “I knew he was the one,” Molly said. She didn’t care about his missing ears or his deafness. “I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs, the ones that are so much harder to get adopted.”
She reached out to the Feline Rescue Association of Baltimore, the rescue group looking after Otitis, and they told her he was still available for adoption. “I was the first person to ever submit an application for him,” Molly said.
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