Smush is one of our favorite cats! We love her strength and story, so we though we’d share some of our favorite photos of her.
She has a cleft lip and facial deformities, but the world loves her. Smush was abandoned with an upper respiratory infection and severe case of ringworm at only ten days old.
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Lindsey Hidenrite, a vet student and cat coordinator for Helping Hands Pet Rescue, saved Smush’s life and nursed her to health. Shannon Jackson volunteered for the pet rescue and photographed animals that were up for adoption.
Shannon and her wife Sarah had both been keeping up with Smush’s progress on Lindsey’s Facebook page, but never discussed adopting her. Sarah’s birthday was coming up, so Shannon messaged Lindsey to see if Smush was still available. Lindsey said Smush was available but very fiesty, suggesting they do a week trial to test things out. They fell in love with Smush right away and the rest is history.
Now, Smush advocates for animals in need using her large social media platform. The Smush Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation whose mission is to raise money for animal welfare organizations, animal shelters and shelter medicine programs, etc. They also aim to do consultations at shelters and rescue centers to instruct them on best practices, marketing, and photographing adoptable animals.