Interested in Adoption? This Deaf Cat Is All Ears

Published by Alisa Mullins.

Desmond is a gorgeous, snow-white cat with piercing blue eyes.

PETA rescued ca Desmond at PETA headquarters

Unfortunately, his beauty comes at a high price: Like many blue-eyed white cats, he has a genetic mutation that caused him to be born deaf.

Adoptable PETA rescued cat Desmond

Rest assured, Desmond gets along just fine using his other senses (as long as he lives indoors, as all cats should). His former owner, by contrast, had a serious blind spot: the tremendous suffering that Desmond was enduring from being confined to a filthy cage (or, as she euphemistically called it, “crate-trained”) in her home.

When PETA fieldworkers visited the Virginia residence, they found Desmond in terrible shape. The 3-year-old cat should have been scampering up carpeted cat trees, batting around catnip toys, and napping on sunny windowsills. Instead, he was confined for most of the day and night to a fetid crate that was littered with his own waste and crawling with roaches.

His beautiful white fur was stained yellow and brown from being forced to lie in urine and feces for hours on end. He had been confined for so long that his muscles had actually started to waste away.

Adoptable deaf cat Desmond lying on his side

Painfully thin from lack of adequate nourishment, Desmond wolfed down the food offered to him at the Sam Simon Center—PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters.

Desmond eating a much-needed meal at PETA headquarters

Ever since his rescue, he has revealed hidden talents, including a passion for “singing.” Like another talented deaf musician, Desmond has a flair for composing beautiful music, which he performs for his appreciative foster family.

PETA rescued ca Desmond at PETA headquarters

This feline singer-songwriter doesn’t need a barstool or a microphone. All he wants is a permanent residency at a venue where he’ll be able to sing his unchained melodies outside the bars of a cage.

Help give Desmond a reason to sing an ode to joy by composing an e-mail and sending it to [email protected].

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind