Jon Snow was discovered alone in an alleyway in South Korea, fending for his life. He was hungry, thirsty, and suffering from an upper respiratory illness. Except for one individual, no one expected Jon Snow would make it.
Rachel Brown had decided she wanted to adopt a cat and had spent hours combing through lists of all the animals in death shelters around the country. She knew right away that Jon Snow was the one for her when she met him.
“He was obviously in really bad shape but I couldn’t get him out of my head,” Brown told The Dodo.
Brown had her boyfriend call the shelter to inquire about Jon Snow. The shelter owner told Brown’s boyfriend that the cat was very sick, wasn’t eating, and probably wasn’t going to make it.
“He actually told my boyfriend that I shouldn’t adopt him because it wasn’t worth it,” Brown said. “It would be expensive. But I couldn’t just leave him there, I wanted to help him so badly, so I did.”
Brown discovered Jon Snow bent over in an uncomfortable wire cage, a dish of unused food in front of him when she came to the shelter to pick him up. He appeared to be completely helpless and in dire need of a miracle. She hurriedly filled out the papers and rushed him home to take him to the emergency veterinarian.
Jon Snow was still feeble on the way there, but he managed to muster enough energy to express his gratitude to his new mother for giving him a chance.
“I could tell he still had a fight in him because he tried to get up and walk out of his carrier,” Brown said. “He meowed and stared at me when he couldn’t see me through the mesh.”
Doctors told Brown the same thing the shelter owner had informed him when they arrived at the emergency vet. They proposed that Jon Snow be put down since, even with therapy, he was unlikely to survive. Jon Snow was diagnosed with feline coronavirus (FCoV) and feline herpesvirus, among other diseases (FHV). He also developed feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which is generally lethal, according to the vets.
Brown, on the other hand, refused to listen. Jon Snow was admitted to the hospital, where he began his therapy.
Brown took a 30-minute train ride back and forth every day to visit Jon Snow in the hospital. Despite how sick he had been, Jon Snow seemed to get a little bit better every day. On only his fifth day in the hospital, all of his tests came back normal. The vets said they had never seen anything like it. Somehow, Jon Snow had pulled through.
Because Brown decided to take a chance on Jon Snow, she ended up saving a life.
Today, Jon Snow is completely healthy. He has tons of energy, loves to play and follows his new mom everywhere she goes.
“He’s the best cat,” Brown said. “He has such a personality. He’s crazy, he runs around like a maniac and climbs his cat tower at light speed.”
Every night, he sleeps on her pillow and tells her how thankful he is that she saved him.
Brown stated, “I’m very blessed by him.” “He makes everything in my life a million times better.”