The adorable orange cat we’re talking about here is named Bubby. The first thing that you’ve probably noticed about this little guy is that he ᴅᴏᴇsɴ’ᴛ have one of his front legs. He’s also ᴍɪssɪɴɢ a part of his tail. But that’s not the only two unique thing about him.
Bubby’s story started 8 years ago when he was aimlessly wandering the streets of Grand Falls-Windsor. And then, one fateful day, he found himself in Boyd Abbott’s kitchen and claimed it as his own. From that day on, Bubby would show up near the man’s house every single day.
Bubby won the hearts of everyone in the family, including Abbott. Simultaneously, Bubby befriends Season, the Abbotts’ cat, Bubby is just a ᴡᴀɴᴅᴇʀᴇʀ. The beautiful friendship really blossomed and went on until the day Seson crossed the rainbow bridge. The man and his family fell in love with the orange cat from the day he stepped paw into their kitchen, but the stray was ᴡᴀʀʏof being an indoor cat and adamant about being let outside after each visit. He decided to politely decline their invitation to live here. They were best friends until Season had to say goodbye.
Bubby continued his regular visits with the man. He quickly earned himself his very own chair, a set of dishes, and touched everyone’s heart in the family. Unfortunately, a few years later, the man ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ, and one of his wishes was that his family members would continue to take care of Bubby. Despite the family’s best efforts, it wasn’t meant to happen—the cat suddenly disappeared and was nowhere to be seen.
Around the summer of 2019, a familiar figure emerged in the neighborhood. It was Bubby the 3-legged cat — he was en route to the very house where he once found kindness. Ray Pinsent, who happened to be in the neighborhood, recognized the cat right away as he knew of the beautiful bond between the late man and his faithful cat. The orange tabby had grown older and weaker after years on the streets. It was apparent that those years hadn’t been kind to him. Ray began a ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ ᴍɪssɪᴏɴ to get the cat to safety but after months of trying, the clever feline continuously ᴇᴠᴀᴅᴇᴅ being ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ. When the harsh Canadian winter arrived, Ray was ʟᴏsɪɴɢ sleep worrying that the cat might not be able to hang on much longer with each passing day.
He knocked on the door of the man’s house that now had a new owner, and inquired about the cat. The homeowner only saw Bubby once in a while and didn’t pay much mind. Ray pleaded for her to open the door next time when she spotted the cat, and he would come get him. The very next day, she called back to tell him that the cat was there, sitting in her kitchen. Ray dropped everything at hand to pick him up and rushed him to Exploits Valley SPCA Aᴅᴏᴘᴛᴀʙʟᴇs. He wasn’t sure if Bubby would make it, but the least he could do was give him a fighting chance.