This is a very sad post for me to write. We’ve lost some really special kitties recently, including our blogging friend Prancer Pie and internet sensation Colonel Meow. And as if things couldn’t get any sadder, I found out that one of my heroes, Tashi, is gone too.
Tashi was a paraplegic kitty who was a longtime resident of Tabby’s Place, the wonderful cat sanctuary that is home to so many special needs cats. Tashi was found as a kitten in an Ohio feral colony in 2008. It was clear this sweet young kitty would not be able to survive outdoors for long, and eventually he came to live at Tabby’s Place. I admired Tashi’s spirit and wrote about him a couple of times, once to profile him and his pal Dave (since adopted), and another time, a full on interview.
Although nearly all of the residents at Tabby’s Place are adoptable, the humans there sort of assumed that Tashi would be there always. Then, two years ago, a miracle happened and Tashi found a home. I was maybe less surprised than the humans because I knew with his strong spirit and great personality, his disability could never hold him back. And he wound up with an amazing family. They also adopted Gabriella, a kitty with sever cerebellar hyperplasia, and later on, they adopted Dot, another Tabby’s Place resident, who has spina bifida.
Tashi had a couple of awesome years living with his family, but earlier this month, he threw a blood clot that obstructed his breathing and there was nothing his humans could do but let him go.
Everybody is devastated by Tashi’s death — his family, the Tabby’s Place humans, and his many fans. Tashi did touch a lot of humans in his too-short life, and I’m sure he inspired a lot of them to give kitties home or donate to help special needs cats. My human is making a small donation to Tabby’s Place in Tashi’s memory. Maybe you would like to do the same.