Violet was a stray cat when she came to the Effingham County Animal Shelter in Illinois on Monday, and it was evident that she had a home. Violet’s rescuer, Michaela Muzzy, commented on Facebook, “She’s very, very nice and likes to be rubbed on the head.”
But it wasn’t just her sweetness that hinted to the cat’s past – she had a pink collar with a message fastened around her neck.
Every inch of the paper was covered with purple marker scribbling.
“Bye Violet,” it said (corrected for spelling). That name, I believe, selected you. I wish I had the ability to retain you. Violet, I hope you find a loving home. Please take excellent care of her, owner. By the way, I gave her a name. Thank you very much! Lacey, I love you.”
The heartfelt message tore apart hearts all throughout the refuge. Not only was a nice cat looking for a home, but so was a toddler. “It really rips at your emotions when we ripped it off and read it,” Vanessa Skavlem, an animal control officer at the shelter, told The Dodo. “I just imagine a youngster who adores this object but knows they won’t be able to retain it.”
The screening for a microchip at the shelter came out negative. They released a photo of Violet and the letter on social media since they couldn’t reach Violet’s previous owners.
The child’s plea for her beloved pet to find a suitable home reverberated across the neighborhood, including Cindy Murray.
Murray’s eyes welled up with emotions when she first saw the message on Facebook: “You could tell it was written by a youngster,” Murray told The Dodo. “You could see she cared for this cat, but she couldn’t keep her and wanted her to go to a decent home.”
Murray had the day off, so she decided to pay a visit to the shelter to meet Violet.
“I took a screenshot of the post and texted it to my husband at work, saying, ‘I’m going to get this kitty.’ ‘I adore it — talk me out of it,'” says the narrator. Murray remarked. ‘You know I can’t do that,’ he remarked. ‘Go grab it if you want it.’
Murray could see the small Siamese cat in the shelter was anxious, so she decided to take her home that day. Violet began to relax once she was back in a caring environment: “She’s been purring and she appears really content,” Murray said.
Murray simply hopes she could reach out to the little girl who adored her pet and assure her that everything would be fine: “I considered making a video for this girl, saying, ‘Dear Lacey, I adopted your lovely Violet.’ She’ll enjoy a beautiful life, full of goodies, cuddles, and all we can provide for her.'”