Family Moves Into New Home and Finds Unexpected Note From Old Homeowner to Care for Cat

January 8, 2019 Updated: February 25, 2019

When you move into a new house, you normally expect it to be empty. So imagine how surprised a family was when they walked into their new home to find a handwritten note by the previous owner with a request.

Miranda and her family had just moved into their new home in July 2018 and found they had something extra waiting for them that wasn’t in the contract.

Upon entering the house, the previous owner had left a note with an unusual request. The handwritten note detailed that there was a special cat living out in the back; it was born there and had never left.

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“Welcome to our beloved home!” the note read. “We hope you enjoy it as much as we have! There’s one favor we ask of you, you do not have to do it, but we would appreciate it if you did.

“In the backyard there is an old orange kitty who lives there. He is feral and was born in our backyard 12 years ago. He has an injured paw and will not let you go near him. We feed him (every day) twice a day and we have for years now,” it continued.

After reading the note, Miranda went to see if it was true, and sure enough she saw the kitty in question.

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“We immediately looked out the back sliding glass door and he was looking at us through the door,” Miranda told The Dodo.

The minute the family saw the cat, they couldn’t help but laugh out loud at how fortuitous this was.

“We started laughing because we currently have five cats, all but one have been rescued,” Miranda shared. “The house we lived in previously, people used to drop off their cats there and we took them in.”

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So Miranda called the cat Raz, and she set about in gaining his trust. Over the course of a few weeks, Raz started to warm up to the family, but still remained cautious.

“He used to hide anytime we came to the door. Now we can sit outside with him,” she said. “He will come up and eat now when the screen door is open, which he wouldn’t do before.”

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Miranda hopes that eventually Raz will trust her enough so she may take him to see a vet for his injured paw. Until that day comes, she is more than happy to feed him.

“If you have the means to take care of an animal in need, you should,” Miranda said. “There is nothing like earning the [sic] their trust and helping them live out their time comfortably and feeling loved.”

Raz is one lucky cat that it was Miranda and her family who moved into the house, and it is safe to say that he’ll be well taken care of.

Dog Tied to a Lamppost Rescued

Not just cats, dogs too, can be tagged with a note.

However, instead of being attached to a house, poor Sasha was tied to a lamppost and abandoned by its previous owner in Clayton, North Carolina.

The note that was tucked in Sasha’s collar asked to give the 8-year-old animal a “loving home.” Written from Sasha’s perspective, the note said that “I love other animals and children” and repeated three times that Sasha loves steaks.

However, the note didn’t explain why Sasha was left near a medical complex, but it asked for “a loving home where I can get lots of attention and the care I need.”

Fortunately, Sasha was found by someone from the medical complex and Joy Frannicola, founder of Ruf Creek Ranch Animal Rescue, was later informed of Sasha’s situation.

Working with Graham Price, an animal shelter supervisor, Frannicola got Sasha checked out, which revealed the poor animal was underweight, and had a flea allergy, which caused hair loss. With the assistance of Willowrun Veterinary Hospital, the poor animal later recovered from the hair loss and was neutered.

At Frannicola’s rescue center, Sasha received care, regular walks, and the opportunity to meet other new animals. Despite its tragic past, Sasha recovered well, and Frannicola is trying to find the dog a new home.

“He is curious about his new surroundings, very eager to please. He loves to go on walks and have his head and ears rubbed. He is affectionate, and wants to be near his human. He would be the perfect companion for an older person or couple. Very low maintenance,” said Frannicola, reported

Pet surrender has been increasing in North Carolina, according to Frannicola, who also highlighted the possibility of pets getting euthanized due to spacing issues in the shelters. The experienced animal rescuer suggested that pet owners should try contacting local rescues and no-kill shelters if they want assurances of the fate of their surrendered pets.