Sunday, April 5, 2015

Syrian asylum seeker finds refuge in Sweden

(Värnäs) We hear so many negative stories regarding asylum seekers. Myself, I would have no problem deporting those in the UK who have no love for our way of life and replacing them with genuine asylum seekers seeking shelter.

Anyway, as bad as we hear it is for people, what do you think it is like for the pets people left behind? We currently are owned by the next door rescue kitty who decided quite early on that two homes are better than one. Answering to the name of Mrs Miggins, we are at her beck and call 24/7.

Mrs Miggins
Yes, she's a bloody pain in the arse, but you know what, she's ingrained herself into our home. Oh, don't get me wrong, we had no say in the matter. What Miggins wants, Miggins gets. But now we couldn't imagine our lives without her.

So I couldn't even contemplate what people who are forced to leave their homes anywhere in the world, in which to save their lives and who have to leave their pets behind, feel.

Well, for one young lady that wasn't an option and she physically carried her deaf cat all the way from Syria to as far as Sicily (including a sea journey) where customs officials impounded her cat as she was whisked away to Sweden where she was granted asylum.

End of story? Nah.

An animal shelter in the Swedish town of Grängesberg, on hearing the story about a woman who was missing her impounded kitty, opened a Facebook page in which to have people donate monies for the lady's cat to be flown over to Sweden so as to be reunited with her companion (people don’t own cats). And guess what? They did, and last week the cat found itself jetting its way across the sky to Sweden. So, Mela, the somewhat stunning cat, enjoy the safety of your new home: