July 22, 2010
Scotty's Big Rescue
When not overseeing the Pacelli High School Library, Paddy is at home with quite an assortment of furry friends and two very nice Cat Ladies. Today he introduces one of his special friends.
Hi everybody. I am having a lazy summer sitting in the window watching the flowers grow. I have a friend named Scotty who sits with me sometimes, and he has a great rescue story. I really believe in rescue. So many people find a lot of love and peace when they find one of us in need.
We found Scotty on the Internet on the Scottish Fold Rescue site last fall. He had been a stray in North Carolina that a lady named Nichole tried to befriend. It took her many months to even get close to this cat. He was skinny and matted and very wild. When he finally let Nichole feed him, he would only come to her porch for food until, eventually, he let her hold him. Then he would purr and purr. He turned out to be a real love, but he remained wild.
Because Nichole couldn’t keep him, she contacted a cat rescue person named Melody. We found Melody’s name when we discovered Scotty on the Internet, and then a great adventure began: How to get Scotty from North Carolina to central Wisconsin where we live?
Melody eventually contacted Animal Rescue Flights or ARF , a “non-profit, charitable organization of pilots, volunteers, and friends who believe in the benefit of volunteering [their] skills and resources to help save animals in need. Animal Rescue Flights promotes, plans, and performs the transportation of animals from overcrowded shelters where they face certain death to other parts of the country where qualified families are waiting to adopt them. There is never a fee of any kind, either to the sender or the receiver of an animal flying with ARF.”
ARF arranged for five pilots to fly Scotty in a relay from Goldsboro, North Carolina [Tom] to Lewisburg, West Virginia [Rick] to Columbus, Ohio [Tom] to Indianapolis, Indiana[Mike] to Aurora, Illinois where Todd took off with Scotty for central Wisconsin where we picked him up at the local airport just 5 minutes from our house. All of this happened on November 28, 2009. We watched Scotty’s progress all day on radar. It was an unbelievable day made possible by so many generous people.
Todd made a video of Scotty’s adventure which is on YouTube:
You can also view it here on Todd's blog post. Isn't it exciting?! I'll tell you more about Scotty in my next blog post. Thanks for visiting!
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