Hope Has 9 Lives: The Survival Story of Di Angelo

Deep in the heart of St. Pauls, North Carolina, lies a beacon of hope for felines with visual impairments – the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc.

In 2005 they provided an invaluable lifeline for blind cats that are often deemed unadoptable by regular shelters and are sadly being euthanized as a result.

Behind the organization's remarkable mission are a mother-daughter duo who believe that all cats, blind or not, deserve a chance at life.

This mission was born out of their experience with their first blind cat, Louie. Despite his blindness, Louie lived a life full of joy, play, and love, just like any other cat.

This revelation led to the rescue of more blind cats and, ultimately, the establishment of Blind Cat Rescue.

Bearing the Weight of Stigma: FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

In 2011, the organization expanded its mission, opening its doors not only to blind cats but also to those who tested positive for FELV+ (feline leukemia) and FIV+ (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).

Similar to a slow-progressing lentivirus in humans, FIV can compromise a cat's immune system reducing its capacity to fight off diseases.

However, contrary to common misconceptions, FIV cats can live just as long and healthy lives as non-FIV cats.

The transmission of FIV is not as straightforward as it might seem.

The virus is primarily passed through deep, penetrating bites - a rare occurrence outside the realm of free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.

At Blind Cat Rescue, the coexistence of FIV and non-FIV cats is not just possible, but it's the norm.

The sanctuary has successfully ensured a harmonious environment without any incidents of virus transmission.

Now, let's introduce a special member of the Blind Cat Rescue family, Di Angelo.

Beyond being blind, Di Angelo is also FIV+, adding another layer of complexity to his health.

His story of survival is up next in our narrative!

Di Angelo: The Warrior from the Streets of New Orleans

Di Angelo is a feline warrior from the streets of New Orleans.

He had spent years living the rough life of a stray cat, bearing harsh living conditions and the scars of battles on his face and ears.

DiAngelo from the BlindCaRescue

A kind lady who had been feeding him and other strays found him in dire straits, blind and starving.

Recognizing that he could no longer survive the tough life outdoors, she took him in.

For two years, Di Angelo experienced the comforts of being an indoor cat.

But when the lady had to move and couldn't take Di Angelo with her, his fate hung in the balance.

Local shelters were not an option, as they would likely have euthanized the now blind, FIV+ cat. In the nick of time, the Blind Cat Rescue stepped in.

A Fresh Start in Sight: Di Angelo's New Chapter

Today, Di Angelo is safe at the Blind Cat Rescue, navigating the unfamiliar environment of his new home.

Although he's a little freaked out by the drastic changes in his life, he's safe, cared for, and away from the harsh realities of the streets.

Di Angelo is a senior fellow, now over 10 years old, and still in quarantine.

Soon, he will be introduced to his new family—the other cats of the sanctuary.

Lending a Paw: Your Contribution Matters

Di Angelo's journey from the streets of New Orleans to the safe haven of Blind Cat Rescue has been a hard-fought one.

DiAngelo from the BlindCaRescue

But he still needs your help. This sanctuary operates on the kindness and generosity of animal lovers who believe in giving cats like Di Angelo a new beginning in life.

Your generous contributions aid in delivering essential supplies, medical treatments, and a nurturing habitat where Di Angelo can spend his days enveloped in warmth and affection.

The Transformative Power of Love: Aid, Recovery, and Second Chances

At the heart of Blind Cat Rescue’s mission is the belief that every cat, regardless of their medical conditions or disabilities, deserves a chance at a full, happy life.

With the right care, understanding, and patience, cats facing adversities can recover and thrive.

And Gallie, the playful blind cat, is a living example. According to the sanctuary, she has now recovered from surgery and gets along well with the other cats!

Just like Di Angelo and Gallie, many other cats have endured harsh conditions and experienced the worst life can offer.

But with the tireless efforts of the Blind Cat Rescue team and generous donors, these cats get a chance to heal, both physically and emotionally.

Gallie a blind cat playing

With safe shelter, regular meals, medical care, and, most importantly, a lot of love, they gradually rebuild their lives.

They learn to trust humans again, engage with other cats, and find joy in their newfound home.

Di Angelo, despite his blindness and FIV+ condition, is no different.

With the love and care provided at the Blind Cat Rescue, he too can thrive, overcome his past hardships, and enjoy his life to the fullest.

His recovery process may be slow, but every day is a step towards a happier, healthier life.

Blind Cat Rescue continuously works to provide these innocent souls with a second chance at life, but they can't do it alone.

You can help via their website and become part of this heartwarming mission of transformation.

As we follow Di Angelo's road to recovery, remember there are many more like him who are waiting for their second chance.

Together, we can change lives and bring about a positive impact in the world, one cat at a time!

You might also like to read:

The Inspiring Journey Of Stitch, The FELV+ Cat

Rescued And Loved: Stories Of Cats Finding Their Forever Families

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One comment

  1. I have a blind Kittie. She was at a humane society where I volunteered. She was always squished into a tiny bed. She was very scared and depressed so I decided to foster her.
    I took her to the veterinarian and she had a bad UTI. The doctor also said she is blind.
    She was about seven pounds and super scared of any noise. The way she acted I thought she had some vision but two more doctors said she is definitely blind.
    Six years later she is so much fun. She sometimes plays with her imaginary friends and occasionally will try to play with one of the other cats. I got a twenty pounds Maine Coon a few months ago and she rubs against him and tried to take his food.
    I’m so happy I got her as she makes life so much better

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