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In late December 2021, Julia from the Brooklyn Cat Cafe shared a very sweet story. It’s the story of rescuing a blind kitty named Sinker, along with her whole family! Impressively, the rescuers were able to trap Sinker’s sisters, Hook and Line, mother, Gone Fishing, and two dad cats, Angler and Lure, too! The good mama refused to abandon her babies, the rescuer said.

The operation was a collaboration with a concerned citizen and Latonya “Sassee” Walker. Sassee is an experienced trapper, focusing on TNR (trap, neuter, return) for cats in the rougher parts of Brooklyn. She was even featured in a documentary film called The Cat Rescuers about ongoing citizens’ efforts in the city to help cats and kittens. PAWSOME! (Available for viewing on Amazon, Hulu, and other streaming services)

Latonya "Sassee" Walker from The Cat Rescuers

Latonya “Sassee” Walker via YouTube/The Cat Rescuers

One day, the Good Samaritan reached out to Sassee after spotting Sinker and her family in the neighborhood.

Sinker, Hook, and Line after rescue

Soon, the determined rescuer trapped the entire family, hook, line, sinker, and then some! It takes a lot of effort, but thanks to Sassee and the Brookly Cat Cafe, the cats will have a chance for happy lives. Wherever they go, these cats will bring so much love and companionship to their humans in return.

Back at the rescue, the Brookly Cat Cafe shared an update on Instagram.

“Mom (Gone Fishing) is pretty feral, so will be TNR’d. Dads Angler and Lure are big goofs getting some rest after their neuter surgeries at our rescue clinic. Kitten friends Hook, Line and Sinker are excited by the bountiful food, less excited about their vet visit, and already almost ready to relax and sink into snuggles. So many great things can be accomplished when we work together!”

Sinker Seeks a Home

In a later video, they shared that Sinker is blind, likely due to a congenital eye issue that would require surgery. However, she needed to grow up a little before undergoing the procedure. When she was ready, the day for surgery finally came, and thankfully everything went just fine.

surgery for eyes, blind cat

Sinker wore a blue collar to keep her from scratching at the stitches. Despite being blind and wearing the cone, she was as playful as ever. Seeing her playing with a friend, jumping and pouncing like any other kitty is heartwarming.

You can also tell that Sinker is very affectionate and seeks out people for love.

Sinker looks cuddly

Cat and Kittens Who Aren’t Picture Purrfect

In the post, the rescuers shared how much they love seeing the less than “picture perfect” kitties find homes. However, it often takes longer, as they are so often overlooked. 

“We adore cats and kittens who aren’t “picture perfect,” but unfortunately, they often have to wait much longer before getting adopted,” Brookly Cat Cafe shared.

Blind cat before rescue

While her sisters found homes, Sinker has remained behind in foster care with a kitty named Paul Hollywood. But her foster mom says she is “brave and adventurous.” 

“Sweet Sinker has been looking (without eyeballs) for her forever home since December! She started off shy and hissy, but with the support of her BFF Paul Hollywood (the kitten) and foster family, she has flourished into a confident snugglebug (as in, she will climb on you nonstop for pets).”

They then asked the community to prove “you don’t need eyeballs to find a family.” ❤

As we’ve seen many times, cats with special needs and blind cats can absolutely be the purrfect soul mates. It just takes opening your eyes to consider all the love and joy these kitties can bring into your life.

Brooklyn Cat Cafe

Besides helping rescued kitties and finding them homes, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe provides low-cost surgeries and services to low-income pet owners, “a much-needed resource,” they note.

And more about the talented Sasseee, who is a rapper too! She has high praise for CPAW-NJ, a volunteer TNR group helping cats in many areas of New Jersey. 

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