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The Shelter Pet Project




Lisa Arkus


Houston, TX


Rescued from a nursing home in McAllen, TX

Why Badeliah is so special:

Badeliah is a walking miracle. I was working at a nursing home in McAllen that had a feral problem. She was named Badeliah after a client of mine who lived at the nursing home. This client fought in WWII in Italy. While there, he found a cat lying in a ditch. He picked her up and proceeded to stroke it and that cat stirred; it must have been knocked unconscious. He named it Badeliah. This cat became his companion during the war; it rode with him on his motorcycle and before the bombs would drop, she would take off and after the bombings, she would come back and rub against his legs. Before leaving Italy, he found her a good home. The kitten I found and named Badeliah in his honor has been foster mother to about 20 rescued kittens that were adopted out through Homeless & Orphaned Pets Endeavor (HOPE) in Houston, TX.

If your pet could talk, what would he or she tell us about you?:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for rescuing me, loving me, not giving up on me when the odds were against me, and showing me unconditional love. Thank you for adopting Nila (one of my HOPE fosters) because she is not only my sister, but my best friend.
She's so full of love, she has a heart on her left paw.

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