When Samantha Smart and her family heard a little kitten meow in their Florida neighborhood for days, they knew they had to help him.
“It wasn’t just a meow, it was a sad little cry for help,” Smart said. “He had the whole neighborhood working together to find and catch him. We already have a cat so we weren’t really looking to adopt another, but it seemed like Ponyo was made for us!
The family knew immediately that Ponyo was not going anywhere, and they officially adopted him. They quickly helped him settle into his new home, and Smart’s daughter decided that she needed her own special stuffed animal to make her feel comfortable and safe.
“My daughter Violet spent time picking the perfect friend for him to sleep in, and she settled on a dragon,” Smart said. “He sleeps with ‘Dragon’ every night and spends a lot of time dragging him around the house!”
When it came time to neuter Ponyo, his family knew he might be a little nervous about going to the vet, so they decided to send his dragon with him.
Ponyo went to “Operation Catnip”, a sterilization organization that focuses primarily on free-roaming, unowned community cats to be neutered. As soon as he arrived, everyone fell in love with the little kitten who was hiding behind his beloved stuffed dragon for their comfort.
“When Ponyo came to the clinic, he was very nervous,” said Melissa Jenkins of Operation Catnip. “We all realized that his sweet Dragon friend was in the vehicle with him, so we put the dragon in the cage with him. Ponyo hid behind the dragon at first and clearly took comfort in it.
They could all see that Ponyo’s stuffed dragon made him feel a little more secure while in a new place, so they decided to make sure his toy stayed by his side the entire time.
“We thought it would be great to send the dragon on the same trip through the clinic as Ponyo, so we had fun giving the dragon the same services,” Jenkins said.
Every step of the way, Ponyo’s dragon was there with him, and as soon as he woke up from his surgery, his beloved dragon was the first thing that made him feel better.
“When Ponyo woke up from the anesthesia he meowed and was understandably confused so we made sure his dragon was around to offer him some comfort,” Jenkins said.
Ponyo was understandably nervous when he first got to the vet as he had experienced so many new things in such a short time, but his dragon helped him stay calm and brave and there is no doubt that Ponyo and his dragon will be the best. friends for a long time.