When the RSPCA Canterbury shelter first opened its doors in 2012, the paint on the brand-new shelter wasn’t even dry yet when its first cat arrived. What the staffers didn’t know then is that their very first cat would also be the one who never left.
Norman was found collapsed in a garden shed with horrible injuries to all four of his legs. It looked like he had been hit by a car and then had dragged himself to the shed to try and heal his wounds. He likely would have had only hours left if he hadn’t been found when he was — and immediately taken to a vet.
“Our officer rushed him to a vet and, after emergency treatment, he was the first animal we welcomed to RSPCA Canterbury — and he’s been under our care ever since,” Beth Hixson, manager at the RSPCA Canterbury shelter, said in a press release.
Due to the extent of Norman’s injuries, his rehabilitation and recovery took months. By the time he was completely healed, he was already very settled and very, very happy at the shelter. Staff decided they didn’t want to see him go — and so they decided to make him their resident cat.
“We couldn’t bear to part with him after everything he’d been through,” Hixson said.
Now, Norman has become a bit of a local celebrity, and loves to greet every single person who comes through the shelter’s doors. He loves waiting on the couch in the reception area to greet visitors and potential adopters, which is how he got the nickname “Norman the Doorman.”
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