Edwin Lesperance, Hawaii, United States

I had been feeding and carrying out Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats at a nearby park. I saw a calico kitten in the bushes, but she ran away, so I left food for her. A few days later, she was hungry enough to come close, so I opened a can of cat food for her, put her in my car, and took her home. I was already overloaded with cats, and she was skinny, so I resolved to fatten her up and adopt her out. I advertised, but no takers.

We decided to keep her. On Election Day 2016, after we had her for about a year, she vanished.

On Veteran’s Day, she reappeared, with her left front leg severely injured.

We brought her to an emergency veterinary hospital, and her leg had to be removed. A few weeks later, she was healed. It cost over $10,000. We took her home and kept her. Now we call her our “tricolor tripod.”She seems to get around just fine, and we love her.

We named her Persephone.