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This story has been shared as part of the Fur Fam Story Contest. Submissions were accepted through December 5th. Voting will run from December 6th through December 31st. Three grand prize winners will receive a $500 prize, plus $2000 in cash and supplies for their favorite shelter. See all the stories here!Wiggles was abandoned by his mommy cat when he was around 12 days old. He was rescued by a good Samaritan who found him and reached out for someone to help. My mom and I stepped up to take him in. Having never cared for a kitten so young, and one that needed to be bottle-fed, we used our animal and medical experience to help Wiggles thrive.
PHOTO: BRITTANI DURBAN
At first, we were going to care for him until he was old enough to adopt out, but we fell in love with him and decided to make him a part of our family. Wiggles is now the spokescat for our nonprofit rescue Howe-2 Care 4 Critters. Wiggles enjoys going out in public to meet his fans, and when he can’t go, a flat version of him goes traveling with us.
PHOTO: BRITTANI DURBAN
First, I dress the real live Wiggles in clothes relative to where we will be traveling. Then, I take a picture of Wiggles, enlarging and laminating it. Finally, “Flat Wiggles” is ready to travel around the world on new adventures!
Flat Wiggles has been all around the world making new fans. He has had his picture taken on the bridge of a cruise ship with the Captain, climbed the Great Wall of China, seen icebergs in Antarctica, and visited Hobbiton in New Zealand — just to name a few of his favorite places. Along the way he inspires people to fall in love with rescues.
PHOTO: BRITTANI DURBAN
This story was submitted by Brittani Durban, in support of Howe – 2 Care 4 Critters. To see other Fur Fam Story Contest submissions, click here!