One-Eyed ‘Pirate Kitty’ Finds New Home with Special Education Teacher

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Cathy, a sweet 4-month-old kitten, was surrendered to the San Antonio Humane Society a month ago in bad shape. She was scared and missing her right eye. Once under our protective care, Cathy’s future took a turn for the better.

The tiny kitten received surgery to treat her eye area and prevent future infections. She quickly stole our hearts at the shelter and got the nickname “pirate kitty.”

PHOTO: LUCIA ALMANZA

When Melinda Aguilar, a special education teacher, saw her available for adoption, she knew she wanted to give her a loving home.

“I have a soft spot for special needs individuals – animals included,” she said. “It’s always been in my to-do list to help out special needs animals, and I needed another girl in the house. I have all boys, so when I saw her, I knew I wanted her.”

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Aguilar picked Cathy up on Aug. 11, and she couldn’t have been more excited.

“I’m so happy to be her mom and give her lots of love,” she added. “I can’t wait to also show my students, and let them see atypical bodies, and let them know that it’s okay.”

Cathy loves her new home and nothing makes her happier than playing and snuggling with her new brothers: two dogs, a cat and a lizard!

PHOTO: LUCIA ALMANZA

Story submitted by Lucia Almanza.

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