Peanut comes from Northern Afghanistan. Abandoned by her mother when she was only about a month old, she was left on the doorstep of a U.S. civilian development officer on a military base.
This officer had never really spent much time around cats. Not only was she uncertain about how to care for the little kitten, she was also allergic to cats! Nonetheless, this woman and her colleagues kept little Peanut alive and she soon began to thrive.
Princess Peanut became popular with soldiers and civilians alike; and with visiting units who would stop in periodically and check on her well-being. Her happiest moments were at playtime and in the middle of the night when she’d climb on the back of her foster mother, sit proudly on her shoulder, and gaze out at the world beyond.
It was apparent to all who knew her that Princess Peanut would never survive in the country’s dangerous environment without human love, compassion, and support. Life is always changing in Afghanistan. Due to base restrictions it became necessary to get Peanut out.
A friend of Peanut’s officer offered the little cat a home in the United States with her. Nowzad was contacted and they agreed to accept Peanut at the Nowzad shelter in Kabul. There they would provide her with refuge, appropriate shots, and love while she awaited the trip to her forever home.
Her officer made a traveling crate for Peanut out of a cardboard box.
The night before she left for Kabul, her foster mom held her for the last time – with silent tears flowing down her face...”Am I making the right decision for you, my little one?” she wondered. She tells us that Peanut gently swatted at the tears, and snuggled close.
In July Peanut came to the shelter and before too long she was on her way to Washington D.C. and a new home with a new owner – Cairy.
Hre are some reports from Cairy about Peanut’s adjustment to life as an American cat with a whole new world:
“She is a great kitty and she behaves very well! Very sweet mannerisms- Like she pats my cheek gently when she's about to snuggle up with me on our bed...She purrs a lot, loves to play, and she's already made good friends with our 2 male cats, especially the tiger who looks for her when she's not around.” “She chased our ‘alpha male’ around the house today...And he looked at me as if to say, ‘Maa! She's much smaller than I- What should I do???’ Ha ha ha! Keep them on their toes, Little Girl!”
“Little monkey is already climbing our trees! She was playing hide-and-seek with our other cats outside today- They are fascinated with her.”
“She is So Sweet. She has touched noses with our other cats now and they're already more relaxed together. Wanted to show you how much fun she's having! She's a great kitty.”
Peanut’s officer, who saved her life, has told us, “Princess Peanut is very special. She is a young cat of tremendous humour and grace, funny antics and overwhelming love.” We’re happy to know she’s now safe and loved in Washington D.C.
With your support of the shelter in Kabul and Nowzad’s work, you have made Peanut’s rescue a reality.