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Cat Rescued in Iran Finds Home with Napa Family

Found shot in the face and clinging to life on a Tehran street, a tabby named Maloos has been adopted by a family in Napa after a long journey of rehabilitation. By Bay City News Service.

For an update, with new photos of Maloos, please see "" (June 10).

An Iranian cat that was found injured on the streets of Tehran earlier this year has a new lease on life after being flown to the Bay Area and treated, then adopted by a Napa family this week, a spokeswoman for San Francisco Animal Care and Control said.

Maloos, a small 2-year-old orange-and-white tabby, was found stuck to the pavement in Tehran in April, soaked in gasoline and mud and covered with abscesses. He had been shot in the face and had deformed hind legs and spine problems, rendering him immobile, Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Rebecca Katz said.

A concerned woman in Tehran called the Sayeh Animal Guardians, and someone who was part of that organization happened to know a person who was about to fly to San Francisco and could take the cat. The group reached out to San Francisco Animal Care and Control for help in treating the injured feline, whose name means "cute" in Farsi.

On April 15, Maloos was picked up at San Francisco International Airport, and under the care of ACC, he has undergone several surgeries and is now outfitted with a "wheelchair" to give him mobility.

Katz said that despite a missing back leg and congenital deformities, Maloos is growing accustomed to his wheelchair and is "playful, spunky and very congenial."

After hearing news of Maloos' arrival in the Bay Area, residents became smitten with the Middle Eastern cat, expressing interest in adopting him and donating money for his care -- allowing the city shelter to provide for him without dipping into taxpayer money, Katz said.

"We normally don't take animals out of county, let alone out of the country," Katz said.

The ACC held an adoption lottery last week after a growing list of families said they wanted to take care of cat, Katz said. Napa resident Laila Aghaie and her family won the lottery, and took Maloos home on Wednesday.

Coincidentally, Aghaie and her family are of Iranian descent and Aghaie has already started working with the Iranian-based animal rescue group.

Aghaie apparently had a special connection with the cat, who responded well to some Farsi phrases, and the tabby seemed to enjoy playing with Aghaie's 10- and 12-year-old children, Katz said.

Katz said Aghaie is contemplating publishing a children's book about Maloos' tale, with proceeds from the book going to international animal care and rescue efforts.

By Bay City News Service.

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Genji Schmeder June 08, 2012 at 02:51 PM
In the countries we visited (Near East) cats seem utterly disregarded. They live on the street, are always scrawny and often dirty. By Maslow's pyramid of cat priorities, cleanliness becomes important only when more basic needs like food and health are satisfied, so a dirty cat is a cat with more serious problems. Since these animals have never experienced human kindness, their lovable and manipulative traits are undeveloped. The cat is just an alley cat even in Israel, which is much wealthier than its neighbors. <http://genjinapa.com/articles/net2002/35_cats.html>
RedHerring June 09, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Iran is full of human scum that has devolved into the dark ages. What can you expect from a people so ignorant they can't even treat their women well? Thank god there are evolved countries in the world out there, we'd be living in hell if these muslim freaks got control of the world.
Bob Johnson June 09, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Meanwhile dozens of healthy, lovable animals were put to death at public shelters while this one cat got grade-A preferential treatment and medical attention far beyond what most working Americans enjoy.
bill gates June 09, 2012 at 11:23 PM
ahh quit yer bitchin and just be happy for the little fellow.
L Aghaie June 10, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Maloos is incredibly loving and affectionate and he loves to play before settling down for a long snuggle at bedtime. He's truly a pleasure. Sometimes it takes an unlikely story to break through the chatter, and this one seemed to resonate. Hopefully the awareness and support he's generated will help even more cats and dogs find the loving homes they deserve.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Wow. What can you expect from some jerk who posts as "RedHerring"? These cowardly and hateful comments always seem to come from people who hide behind made-up screen names. We don't need comments like this; they do nothing to advance the conversation; and hurling insults while cowering behind a screen name is not "evolved" in any way. Readers, please be aware that you can push the "flag as inappropriate" button any time: Three flags from you are supposed to remove ugly comments from the site.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) June 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Laila, thank you for sending us these new photos: http://napa.patch.com/articles/rescued-iranian-cat-gets-comfy-in-napa Maloos looks really happy with his "little blue buddy" and your own story makes a compelling read. I am looking forward to the book.
Terry D. Prince June 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The kindness which this cat received did not deprive anyone or anything of any care or attention that person or animal might have received. Why can't you simply celebrate its good fortune? I don't understand how your negativity does anything to improve the world.

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