On Tuesday night, Nicole Paling discovered an abandoned cat outside of Every Life Matters Cat Rescue in Burlington, Ontario.
Paling is the founder of the rescue and was not originally planning to stop by that evening. Luckily she did, however, as she discovered a cat who had been left outside of the rescue with three layers of duct tape covering its face.
Nicole was shocked and horrified when she discovered the abused cat and proceeded to call her boyfriend, Brett Norton, to help her save the cat.
Norton arrived shortly and proceeded to cut the tape off of the cat’s face while simultaneously calming both the cat and his girlfriend.
Paling described the horrifying process.
“Her ears were folded as well, so he had to do it millimeter by millimeter at some points because he didn’t want to cut her ears. We couldn’t see where her eyes were. It felt like forever, but it probably wasn’t more than 10 minutes to get it entirely off her face.”
Paling also recorded her boyfriend’s recovery efforts, and the video has since been posted on the Every Life Matters (ELM) Cat Rescue Facebook page.
WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT.
WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENTHE or SHE IS SAFE! Will update more later!Found in #BurlON near Guelph & Mainway#onlycowardsabuseanimalsPosted by Every Life Matters - ELM Cat Rescue on Tuesday, October 2, 2018
But thanks to Nicole and Brett’s attentive care, the cat survived the atrocious abuse and has been renamed “Lucky”.
Lucky is an approximately 3-year-old tabby and she seems to be healthy aside from a couple of broken teeth.
ELM Cat Rescue posted an update on Lucky on Wednesday.
UPDATE ON “LUCKY”!PLEASE! If anyone was driving or walking on Industrial Street in #BurlON at 7:25 pm last night (Tuesday, October 2, 2018) and witnessed anything at all please contact us on our page or by emailing us at email@example.com#fillintheblankPosted by Every Life Matters - ELM Cat Rescue on Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Since Lucky’s story came out, hundreds of people have offered to adopt the sweet cat.
Paling has also reviewed the rescue’s security footage and she believes she has identified the vehicle that dropped off Lucky. Authorities have been notified.
People everywhere are thankful for Nicole and Brett’s compassion.
I am grateful this woman did not turn away, & empathize with her & the kitty's trauma. Cruelty has deep, rippling and lasting repercussions. What is done to this innocent affects each of us. This is why human/animal/environmental rights are ONE. Speak for the voiceless.— Elaine Tselikis (@etselikis) October 5, 2018
Some humans make my blood boil. Then people like this woman and her boyfriend warm my heart. Thank you for saving him. I’m so sorry this evil monster did this to you Lucky.— catsrangels2 🐈🌸🌷🐶🍂❄️🍁 (@catsrangels2) October 6, 2018
That poor woman my heart goes out to her. As a person who has two cats I would be equally disturbed at this discovery. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for helping save this baby.— Elizabeth Bramon (@Hargitay1NY) October 5, 2018
But mostly, people are heartbroken and disguest by the abuse that Lucky endured.
I may not be a great cat lover but no reason for this. Sick people.— Carmelle Nielsen (@carm818) October 4, 2018
The sick thoughts of what I would like to do to the person who did this, makes my stomach churn! I hope karma gets them! Falling backwards, unable to breath, passing out and losing their wallet/keys/smartphone down a sewer seems like a great start! But for that kitty 😘 pic.twitter.com/MQpJpoj1T5— Bonnie S (@gentlebeebonnie) October 4, 2018
To know that someone is capable of doing such a disgusting act to this sweet cat (who must have been so terrified) boils my blood. These kinds of acts should be seriously investigated and punished by a prison sentence. Happy to know that Lucky is doing well.— Adri Bucher (@adri_bucher) October 5, 2018
This makes me sick to my stomach. I love animals so much... 🤮— Popshot Gaming (@xxlmtxxpopshots) October 5, 2018
Absolutely Heartbreaking 😭😭💔— Lauren (@Lozzmichellex) October 5, 2018
There is a special hell for who did this— SunShine (@SunShin60637593) October 5, 2018
😪😪😪😪😪😪😪😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬— karinchu (@karinchu) October 5, 2018
I want to kill whoever did this. Slowly.— Bettie Boop (@BettieBoop77) October 6, 2018
Just horrifying. Just cruel and unjust to this beautiful feline. Lucky to have you lucky. 😻💋💋— hi. (@KZazula) October 5, 2018
You can help fight animal cruelty by donating to charities like Best Friends Animal Society.