War is awful enough for humans, but for animals, the realities are even harsher. Especially for animals in countries where the culture doesn’t encourage the kind of care and love that is common in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and other highly developed parts of the world. But when soldiers are far away from home and lonely, sometimes they will turn to a pet that reminds them perhaps of those they have left back home. Such is the case with Bella, a cat in Afghanistan, and the medic who loves her.
Bella’s mother and siblings were killed by a dog when she was barely five weeks old and she was handfed by another medic who got her pardoned (sadly, U.S. Central Command has forbidden soldiers to adopt pets and ordered animals to be euthanized). The medic who now takes care of her says that Bella is a chatty, playful young kitty (she is around nine or ten months old now), and that she purrs so loudly that the other women in her living area can hear her. More importantly, she says, “Bella seems to know when I have had a bad day as a medic and am upset, as that is when she is most attentive, like she knows I really need a hug.” She calls Bella “my deployment rock.”
The only problem is that this medic is about to be transferred to another base, where there is no guarantee Bella will get the pardon she had at the one where she is currently stationed. This medic is distraught at the thought of abandoning her and wants to have her flown to New York to live with her children and their other rescue cats while she completes her service to her country. This is not an easy or cheap thing to do, so she turned to The Puppy Rescue Mission for help.
The Puppy Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization that helps soldiers in Afghanistan care for their animals, and works to get the pets transport to their new homes. While they are better known for helping dogs, this group has given a new life to many cats — and with your help Bella will be the next one. I am posting the ChipIn Widget for Bella on the right hand side of my blog until her goal is met! Please help if you can.