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In the Summer of 2011, singer songwriter Crissi Cochrane contacted For The Love of Grace Spay Neuter Program concerning a stray cat living in downtown Windsor Ontario, nick named Big Red. Red had been someone`s pet once... Like so many cats living on the street, he was left to fend for himself. Thanks to a woman named Gail though, Big Red ate daily, along with the feral cats Gail also cared for.

Ragged, & battered from one too many fights, Red was in dire need of medical attention if he was to survive. A plan to get him trapped, neutered and released was set in place by For The Love Of Grace. Once captured, Red was off to the clinic. Open wounds on his ears were stitched & antibiotics given. Fleas openly crawled across his weary head when first brought in. Red needed help big time!

Now neutered, and on the mend, Gail did not have the heart to put him back outside. She adopted Red, making him part of her family. Red had one more battle however, as a lump on his tail was discovered. Rushed back to the clinic, tests revealed his tail was infected with gangrene & needed amputation to prevent blood poisoning. Tail gone, Red was once again home to recover. His story took an interesting twist.. It seemed that Red answered to a few previous names. Gail, received knocks on her door, from area women that heard she had taken in their beloved stray. It was clear the impression this ragged, flea infested stray had made on so many.Now retired from his wandering, and a beauty, Big Red will live the rest of his cat lives comfortably with Gail. For The Love Of Grace was glad to be apart of this success story.

Kathy Patterson
Windsor, ON, Canada

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