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In early October of 2013 my co-worker happened to notice a little kitten sitting outside under a shed behind our office. When we realized how small and skinny she was, we knew she had no home. We began leaving food outside for her and it didn't take long for her to catch on. Since it was already October, we knew it was going to get cold soon so after speaking with our boss, he decided we could keep her as an office pet. We caught her and had her fixed and brought back to the office. She hid from us for months. We gave her time but eventually started blocking off her hiding places, forcing her to be social. She was terrified and incredibly feral. We noticed she was losing a lot of fur in one spot on her side.When we took her to the vet in January we realized it was a contagious fungus, which, combined with her feral nature, was dangerous for our customers. She also had cancerous growths on her ears. I made a deal with my boss: if he took care of her medical needs, i would take her home. She had her ears clipped and went home with me that night. I named her Harmony. She hid from me for weeks. I began to hold her. Definitely against her will. But she would fight me a little less every day... And then she began to play. She played with my dog (Serenity), my boyfriend and myself. She stopped hiding altogether. She began talking to me, or at least attempting. She has no voice. Then one day she escaped through a window. She was under the house all day. Once we finally got her out, she had reverted. She was hiding again. I had almost lost hope until the night she jumped up into my lap. She let me love and cuddle her. And i did. And i cried. All she needed was love. She never hid again. Not from us or our guests. She took over our house and our hearts.

Westminster, SC

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