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Clark Kent - R.I.P. [Feb. 4th, 2013|09:40 am]
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In November of 2011 some people in West Philadelphia noticed that their cat was sick, so they threw him outside to die. He collapsed in a gutter, was found by some good samaritans and taken in by City Kitties. He was nearly dead but their emergency care and an influx of funding from you saved his life. He recovered and was adopted. Soon after it was discovered that he had kidney failure and bone cancer -- everybody knew he was going to die and they set about making his last days on earth as full of joy as possible. He died last Friday, peacefully at his home surrounded by his adopted family and after a year of being showered by love and attention - all he remembered were the good times.

You can read about Clark's story starting here.

This isn't a sad story, though it has sad elements. It's really a story about a scrappy cat with a will to live and a bunch of people from around the world banding together to do good things, and all this warms my heart. You can help City Kitties do more things like this by fostering or adopting a cat -- that's the most helpful thing you can do. If you can't do that, you can always send money, and if you can't do that, you can take a step out of your way today to be kind to an animal.




You can click on his photo to make a memorial donation.






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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2013-02-04 03:16 pm (UTC)

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Oh kitty.

I'm glad his year could be spent with care and comfort.

Now I'm going to go hug my rescue kitties and cry.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-04 03:29 pm (UTC)

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His life couldn't really have turned out any better, he got everything a cat can ask for. I'd say hug your rescue kitties and sing.
[User Picture]From: sylverling
2013-02-04 03:32 pm (UTC)

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I'm glad he spent his last days loved.
[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2013-02-04 03:37 pm (UTC)

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I'm really glad that he was able to get some good quality of life.
[User Picture]From: arkham4269
2013-02-04 05:29 pm (UTC)

Sad story but....

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...the weatlh of outpouring of help you highlight to save cats is one of those things which reminds me that sometimes things aren't so bad after all.
[User Picture]From: coffeeem
2013-02-04 07:38 pm (UTC)

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Sweet dreams, Clark. I'm glad we could help.

No creature who's trusted humans should ever go into the dark without love.
[User Picture]From: anghara
2013-02-04 08:22 pm (UTC)

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Now I have to go bury my face in my shelter-adopted cat and cry.

Good tears, I guess. Good tears in that he was loved when he went, not cold and abandoned and hungry and alone. But still. There's tears.
[User Picture]From: indecisean
2013-02-04 08:22 pm (UTC)

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warms my heart, kyle. i know what you mean when you say his life couldn't really have turned out better, but my thoughts are with you nonetheless. it doesn't make it easier (i don't think). thank you for doing what you do.
[User Picture]From: coyotedave
2013-02-04 08:23 pm (UTC)

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It's the bent and dented kitties that need hugs the most.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-04 10:13 pm (UTC)

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so true. he earned his love with a tough life.
[User Picture]From: artemisofluna
2013-02-04 10:08 pm (UTC)

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RIP beautiful kitty.

We have three rescue cats here and we love them beyond words. Going to give them an extra snuggle today.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2013-02-04 10:14 pm (UTC)

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Good idea.
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2013-02-04 11:32 pm (UTC)

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I came home today to find my rescue roomie sleeping with my rescue black cat on the couch. Thank you for helping the world be a better place.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2013-02-05 12:19 am (UTC)

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Oh, I am sad to hear this. I was hoping he had more time, as I'm sure his human friends were hoping, too. He did get to know love and care and safety, and above all, what it felt like to really belong somewhere. Maybe that's what we all want, when it comes down to it. Journey well, Clark Kent. You touched a great many lives and you will not be forgotten.
[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2013-02-05 07:48 am (UTC)

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Poor kitty. Though this is an awesome tale of awesome people, I still feel sad for the demise of a poor kitty.
[User Picture]From: nagasvoice
2013-02-06 06:22 am (UTC)

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Posts like this, I'm always reminded of the other rescue cats we've had, over many years. I've got a couple of older ones now who are thinking about leaving us. You just look at them and know Mama Bast is going to call them home some day soon, and they won't be sad to go by then. They're fighters, like this guy is, but they'll be ready to go when the time comes. Doesn't help me a bit, of course!