Look at that cat. LOOK AT HIM.
Listen, it may be early in the game, but this cat could definitely be the next Grumpy Cat.
a) He only has one little eye
b) He suffered a broken jaw, which is awful, but it has healed and left him with a stunningly adorable snarl
c) He was dressed up as a pirate once
d) His name is Sir Stuffington
e) LOOK AT HIM!
And to think, this little ball of magic almost didn't make it this far. Sir Stuffington was saved by the team at the Multnomah County Animal Services and his current foster mom, Blazer Schaffer.
Schaffer says she has been working with the Oregon shelter to foster kittens for about a decade now. She tends to deal with the more "high risk" cases; feral cats, or kittens with medical issues.
Schaffer says one of her Facebook friends first posted a picture of Sir Stuffington (Stuffy, as Schaffer and her family calls him) alone on the streets. She knew she had to find him. "[I said], 'Um, is that kitten injured and homeless, and where can I get it?" she told HLN.
As luck would have it, by the time Schaffer had coordinated her efforts with the shelter, someone else had chanced upon Stuffy and his two litter mates and dropped them off. It didn't take long for them to land in Schaffer's loving care.
Unfortunately, Stuffy and his two brothers were not without their maladies. The kittens have calcivirus, a highly contagious condition that will clear up with antibiotics over time.
Stuffy also had a broken jaw, a missing eye, a heart murmur, and anemia brought on by an infestation of fleas. For some, his situation may have seemed hopeless, but for Schaffer and the shelter team, "hopeless" is not a term they ever want to use.
"Everybody really has a bad image of shelters, thinking they just euthanize," Schaffer said. "They do not!" She says Stuffy's journey is a perfect example of how a little love and care -- and a lot of patience -- can change an animal's life.
"I want people, if they see an animal and it's in need, pick it up!" she said. "Take it in. If [shelters] see an animal that's in need, they will do everything they can. And if there's nothing that can be done, then it's because that animal is in a lot of pain. [Stuffy] is the perfect example of someone who was incredibly ill, but could be saved."
Now that Stuffy and his brothers are on their way to healing, they are enjoying a bit of Internet fame. Schaffer says her Facebook friends were loving Stuffy's pictures so much, she started a fan page for him. In a matter of days, it has earned more than 4,000 likes.
"It literally just went ape****," she said with a laugh.
And she shouldn't expect Stuffy's stardom to slow down anytime soon.
Because, really. Look at that cat.