ASPCA picks its Cat of the Year

Knott and Koshka
ASPCA picks its Cat of the Year
Inspiring rescued cat is honoured


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.

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This is a wonderful and heart-warming story. I've often wondered about the fate of stray animals during a war. Of course, war is all about human casualty and tragedy. But we should remember to pray for those dogs and cats that are homeless in a war-ravaged country. Kudos to Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott! Congratulations to Koshka on his win of ASPCA's Cat of the Year. What an honour!
Thu, 11/06/2014 - 18:43
BTW, Koshka means Cat in Russian - actually, female cat, a male cat would be Kot. So, it's Cat the Cat then :)
Mon, 11/10/2014 - 02:28
What a great story...reading it made my day!!
Thu, 08/20/2015 - 15:08

Cat of the Week!

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