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Meet Willow, The Adorable Stray With “Down Syndrome” Who Was Saved From Being Put Down

Meet Willow, a stray cat with “Down’s Syndrome” who was found wandering the streets and was rescued from being put down.

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Lori Farris, a 50-year-old special needs teacher, was walking down the street when she came across the little, battered-looking cat.

Lori brought the small cat home with her after she followed her to her car and called her Willow after the street she was discovered on.

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“One day when I left a student’s house there was a tiny, dirty kitten on the doorstep and she followed me to my car,” recalled Lori.

“I took her home and cleaned her because she had fleas and a bloody nose.”

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When I took it to my veterinarian a few days later, I discovered it was a five-week-old baby female.

“The poor thing had eye infections, fleas and intestinal parasites but the vet thought she seemed healthy other than her face and mouth – she said it was like feline Down Syndrome.”

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“The vet said that the shelter would surely euthanize her since she wasn’t ‘pretty’ so I decided to keep her.”

Willow, who is now four years old, lives with Lori at her house alongside her canine best friend, Ella the Boxer.

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“Ella and Willow got on from the day they met,” Lori added.

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“When I first brought Willow to the house, Ella was so interested by her and eventually built up the courage to come see her.

“Willow gave her a bit of a swipe and a playful bite, and they have been inseparable ever since.

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“They eat together, play together and even sleep together.”

Willow has grown from her humble origins to become a social media icon with 249k Instagram followers.

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“Willow loves wearing her different flower hats and her Instagram has had a great response,” says owner Lori.

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“I think people like her because she’s a symbol of love, kindness and being beautiful even though looking different.”

“I’m OK with people saying that she’s weird looking because she is but I don’t like when people call her ugly, retarded or gross.”

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“She’s a wonderful little cat in every way and I’m so glad she’s in my life.”

We like a good underdog story. Willow, keep shining!

Written by Joe Kahlo