It is absolutely safe to say that animals are as good or bad as how we treat them. If you don’t believe this, the story of how certain people being able to domesticate even the most dangerous animals in the jungle, such as lion or tiger, is the testimony of it. Well, in this article, we bring you one such similar story where a blind shelter cat was able to form a special bond with a teen after he reads Harry Potter to him every day until he becomes comfortable with him. Here’s the story:
Stevie Wonder, who is blind, arrived at the Richmond SPCA, a non-profit, no-kill humane organization dedicated to the principle that every life is precious, in Virginia, from a busy city shelter. He was originally found wandering the streets all alone. Being brought from the streets, the new environment became really overwhelming for Stevie. He would hide almost all day and would rarely eat.
However, things got a bit better when the shelter decided to transfer 5-year-old Stevie to a group living area to live alongside other cats.
Stevie was still easily startled when it came to people until he met someone who would go the extra mile to help him. Price McIntyre, a 19-year-old shelter volunteer, took a particular liking to the cat and drummed up a mission to help him become more comfortable around people. To do that, he decided to start reading to him and he picked the Harry Potter series. This is what McIntyre had to say:
“The first time I met Stevie, he was really not too interested in interacting with me. I kept visiting him until he started warming up to me, which took a few weeks.”
Each day, McIntyre would return to see Stevie and simply read to him for a few hours.
Stevie held onto every word that McIntyre read to him and began enjoying the company. Interestingly, after a couple of weeks, he would snuggle right up to McIntyre to listen closely to the story.
McIntyre kept visiting almost every day for his special reading date with Stevie. And soon, Stevie became not only comfortable around with the teen, but also started warming up to other people as well.
Price McIntyre has truly done wonders for Stevie in helping him become a little more outgoing. Not just that, they’ve also formed a special bond with each other. Stevie has also gained enough confidence to fully explore the cat room. He has learned to navigate his entire space, was able to jump onto the raised platforms throughout the room, and even knows where his food is.
Since he has become so close with Stevie, McIntyre hopes to adopt him in the near future. He said that Stevie has become such a sweetheart. “It took a while, but it’s worth it,” McIntyre said.
The Harry Potter novels have indeed made a lot of lives, not just human but animals also, a bit more magical!