Starving and severely dehydrated he is found all alone in an alleyway. He is taken to a high kill shelter, there, staff thought he wouldn’t make it.
After scouring the lists of all the cats brought in to the high kill shelter in her part of South Korea, Rachel Brown saw a photo of a very sick looking cat. She decided to go to meet him.
When she met him, it only took one look, she decided he was the cat for her. That is where the fight for the life of a cat now known as Jon Snow, began.
Staff at the shelter told Rachel that Jon Snow was unadoptable, that he probably wouldn’t make it anyway. But Rachel was not prepared to listen, she knew she couldn’t just leave him there, she couldn’t get him out of her head.
“The shelter actually told my boyfriend that I shouldn’t adopt him because it wasn’t worth it,” she said.
“It would be expensive. I wanted to help him so bad, so I did.”
Ignoring all the well-meaning but equally unwanted advice Rachel went to the shelter to pick up her cat. She filled out the paperwork and went to his cage.
There he was, hunched over, looking extremely uncomfortable with a bowl of untouched cat food set before him. He seemed to be waiting for some sort of miracle, unknown to Jon, that miracle had just arrived.
As quickly as she was able as soon as she had Jon Snow in her possession, Rachel rushed him to the vets.
On the way, she was heartened to see there was still some fight left in her sick kitty when he tried to get up and walk out of his carrier. He also meowed at her, staring intently at her through the mesh.
At the vets, the fight for his life continued when they suggested putting Jon Snow down because he likely wasn’t going to make it, even with treatment. He was diagnosed with several infections, including feline coronavirus (FCoV) and feline herpesvirus (FHV).
Vets were also convinced that he had feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which is often fatal. Rachel didn’t listen and asked them to begin his treatment.
Rachel visited Jon Snow every day while he was in the hospital and he seemed to get a little bit better every day. On his fifth day in hospital, all of his tests came back normal.
The vets said they had never seen anything like it. Somehow, Jon Snow had pulled through. Rachel decided to take a chance on Jon Snow and by doing so she saved his life.
Today, Jon Snow is completely healthy. He has tons of energy, loves to play and follows his new mom everywhere she goes. “He’s the best cat,” Rachel said.
“He has such a personality. He’s crazy, he runs around like a maniac and climbs his cat tower at light speed.”
He sleeps on her pillow every night and lets her know every day how grateful he is that she saved him.
“I’m so blessed by him,” Rachel said. “He makes my life a million times happier.”