Samantha Smart and her family decided they had to rescue a little cat who had been meowing around their Florida neighborhood for days.
Smart told The Dodo, “It wasn’t just a meow, it was a sad little weep.” “He enlisted the help of the entire community in locating and apprehending him. We already have one cat, so we weren’t seeking for another, but Ponyo seemed to be made for us!”
Ponyo’s family realized straight immediately that he wasn’t going anywhere, so they adopted him. They moved fast to assist him in settling into his new home, and Smart’s daughter thought he needed his own unique stuffed animal to make him feel at ease.
“My daughter Violet spent a long time looking for the appropriate person for him to sleep with,” Smart added. “Every night, he sleeps with Dragon and spends most of his day pulling him around the house!”
Ponyo’s family anticipated that he might be apprehensive about going to the vet for neutering, so they decided to send his dragon along with him.
Ponyo was neutered at Operation Catnip, a spay-neuter group that primarily serves unowned, free-roaming neighborhood cats. Everyone around fell in love with the small cat cowering behind his favorite plush dragon for comfort as soon as he arrived.
“Ponyo was really scared when he came at the clinic,” Melissa Jenkins of Operation Catnip told The Dodo. “When we saw his adorable dragon companion in the carrier with him, we decided to place the dragon in the kennel with him.” Ponyo first sought refuge behind the dragon, and it was evident that he found solace in it.”
Ponyo’s plush dragon helped him feel a little safer while he was in a strange environment, so his friends agreed to keep it by his side the entire time.
“We thought it would be extremely cool to send the dragon through the clinic with Ponyo, so we had a lot of fun offering the dragon the same services as Ponyo,” Jenkins said.
Ponyo’s dragon was with him every step of the way, and as soon as he awoke from surgery, his beloved dragon was the first thing that made him feel better.
“As Ponyo awoke from anesthesia, he meowed and was naturally confused, so we made sure his dragon was close by to soothe him,” Jenkins explained.