On June 2nd of last year, a violent tornado ripped through western Massachusetts, carving a swath of destruction that could be seen from satellites.
A tiny 6-oz kitten was an unlikely survivor. Plucked from a high branch by a tree worker, the grey and white kitten quickly endeared himself to all who came in contact with him. No one knows what he went through, or how far he had been carried. Rescue workers named him Toto.
No one could resist petting the wee kitten. Even Police Chief Dawn M. Charette, who is allergic to cats, gave him cuddles and scritches.
“After what we saw out there, that kitten was like a symbol of hope,” she said. “I saw guys, I mean big, tough cops, just break down when they saw that kitten.”
“We started thinking that if that cat would be OK, then maybe we’d all be OK, too,” she added.
Paramedic Jonathan Hall and his wife Amy Waterman, a state trooper, were there when Toto was brought in. Hall remembers how small his was. “We tried to feed him some milk but he wouldn’t drink it. It was pretty obvious he needed more care.”
The Animal Rescue League of Boston stepped in to help animals impacted by the twister. They ended up taking Toto with them. Here’s video:
In a reader? Click here to watch video.
A few months later, after she and her husband had often wondered what became of Toto, Waterman contacted the Animal Rescue League to find out his fate, hoping he might be up for adoption. Toto had become something of a media star, so the waiting list to adopt him was long, but Waterman explained their connection to Toto and the fact that they had four rescue cats, promising the best home Toto could hope for.
Once Toto was out of fostering, he came home to live with Hall and Waterman.
Fast-forward to ten months after the tornado. Toto is the subject of a children’s book written by Hall, the proceeds from which are donated to the Animal Rescue League. He has his own Facebook page and website. And, he’s currently on a book tour, making purrsonal appearances to purrmote the book.
Category: 0 - Featured