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Blind senior cat loses owner to Covid-19, but gets fresh start with new family

A rescue in Parma, Italy, was not hopeful when they took in an elderly cat with severe eye problems. His chances of finding a forever home, especially during the crisis, were slim.

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 05/05/2020, 21:00

Celestino had one great love in his life: his owner. Though she was elderly, the two were like peas in a pod – they understood each other somehow, and loved nothing more than to spend time together.

Loss of a loved one

Unfortunately, Celestino's owner contracted Covid-19 just a few weeks ago. She was taken to the hospital in an emergency, and Celestino was left alone in her home. When neighbours realised her case was serious and she wouldn't be coming home any time soon, they contacted E.N.P.A, a rescue organisation.

Volunteers came to collect Celestino, and entrusted him to a veterinarian until he could be returned to his owner. Devastatingly for Celestino, that day never came. His owner succumbed to the virus.

Against all odds

Celestino lost everything in the process: his owner, his home, everything he had ever known and loved! And though he was described by the veterinarian as a sociable and affectionate cat, the odds were against him. Between 10 and 13 years of age, and completely blind, he knew it would not be easy for him to find a home, especially amidst this crisis.

Yet, people were touched by Celestino's story and word of his ordeal spread fast. Just yesterday, he was adopted into a new family, with whom he’ll be able to spend his golden years in peace and surrounded by love. All the best to you, Celestino!

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