Posted November 18, 2019 17:13:03Cat lovers around the world are mourning the death of one of their own, a cat named Down syndrome kitten.
The cat, who was about 6 months old when she was euthanased, died peacefully at the vets home on Thursday evening.
Her owner, an elderly couple in Cork, Ireland, was not home at the time of the incident, which happened at their home in the city’s inner suburbs.
“I saw her for the first time and she was cute, and she didn’t have any of the signs of the Down syndrome that you might expect,” said Katie Collins, a volunteer with the Down Syndrome Cat Rescue charity.
“She was just a kitten, but she was very bright, she had a smile on her face, she was happy and she would just do anything for you.”
It’s just heartbreaking, really, really sad.
“The charity is offering to help cover the costs of a cat rescue and adoption.”
We are absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received,” Ms Collins said.”
The support we’ve received has been unbelievable and we are just so grateful.
“Mr and Mrs Collins said the kitten’s death had left them devastated.”
When she died, we were in a bad place, we felt so alone and it took a lot to come out from under that,” Mr Collins said on Thursday.”
A lot of people came in and said, ‘oh, we’ve seen the pictures and seen the videos’, and they could just see the pain and the sadness in her eyes.
“Mr Collins said he and his wife wanted to help raise awareness for the condition, but were not expecting any donations.”
There is a huge amount of suffering, a huge stigma around it and the stigma is something that we need to get behind,” he said.
The charity has set up a GoFundMe page to help Mr and Mrs Cross and their cat.”
The good news is that we’ve got lots of good people around who are helping us, and it’s a really good way to spread awareness.””
We are in a very difficult situation right now, and we have to be very careful.”
“The good news is that we’ve got lots of good people around who are helping us, and it’s a really good way to spread awareness.”
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