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Crash – Living Life to the Fullest!


Kitty Crash is the happiest, most adventurous kitten – you can’t help but fall in love with him! But when he came to HOV as a six week old stray, we knew we would need to find a very special home for him. Crash has a neurological disorder that affects his balance and the movement in back legs. And he’s also blind.

On the surface, you want to feel sorry for little Crash – life has certainly thrown several curve balls at him! But once you meet him, you quickly realize that nothing slows him down. The
couple who adopted him have had experience with special needs animals. When they brought him home, they planned to slowly introduce him to his new home environment, letting him get to know one room at a time. But Crash had other plans! He figured out how to climb the baby gate they put across his bedroom door, and then taught himself how to go down the stairs and then back up again. He loves to run across the room, only stopping when he finds a wall (thus the name Crash!). Don’t worry – he’s taught himself to put his paws out in front of him to find obstacles!

He quickly made friends with all of the other dogs and cats in the house but his very best friend and constant companion is his sister Betty, a deaf pit mix. Even though Crash can’t see her, they manage to find a way to play together, jumping and running through the house, having a great time. Crash reminds us that no matter what life throws at us, we can persevere and enjoy life on our own terms. As the holidays
approach, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on our many blessings. At the shelter, we’re grateful for the opportunity to care for and find homes for thousands of animals each year; to serve as a resource to the community, reuniting lost pets with their families, and teaching children to lovingly care for animals. And we are thankful for the support of our donors – without you, this work would not be possible.

Because of you, Crash and other deserving animals have a bright future in loving homes. This holiday season, please consider a gift to help HOV continue our lifesaving work, caring for lost and homeless dogs and cats until they can go home.

This holiday season please consider a gift to Heart of the Valley in honor or in memory of a special person or a pet that has made an impact on your life.