ASPCA picks its Cat of the Year
Koshka the cat was rescued by Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott while he was serving in Afghanistan. It turns out this little cat did some saving himself, and earned the title of ASPCA's Cat of the Year! This stray cat caught Knott's attention around his base, and after noting that Koshka was being abused, Knott smuggled the cat into this military base. The two developed a strong bond, and during a particularly difficult emotional time for Knott, Koshka's love and affection proved a saving grace. Knott got help with his depression and made the decision to, at much risk, send the amazing cat home to his parents. After dangerous and illegal transportation of Koshka to Kabul and a $3000 plane ticket to Oregon, Koshka lives happily with Knott's parents, patiently awaiting the return of his saviour and friend. For the life and love that Koshka has inspired, he has earned the title of ASPCA's Cat of the Year, and while he couldn't attend himself (he has had enough travel for 9 lives and prefers to stay home), he has demonstrated what power exists in the love of a good cat.