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Sophia, by Madilyn Sharapata

I had a 20-year-old cat named Sophia. We found out she had cancer in 2019. She had surgery, but we were told they couldn’t do anything else because of her age.

On November 29, 2022, we noticed that she had discomfort and my parents and I had to make one of the hardest decision ever. We decided to put her down because we couldn’t see her suffering one more day.

For a while, and still now, I hated myself for things I later learned I couldn’t control, like her health. I learned that we can’t control when God calls someone we love home.

About a month and a half ago we met this stray three-month-old kitten at the shelter and adopted her, even though my parents were not on board at all.

We have had her for a month now and we have realized she acts just like Sophia. We have concluded she has Sophia’s soul, or Sophia sent her to us.

Pet loss is never easy to get over. I didn’t want another cat – ever – until I saw that kitten at the shelter I never thought we would bring home. We named her Cali, and we gave her Sophia’s middle name.

If you take anything from this please take this lesson away – even though your animal, who may have been your best friend has passed, and things might be bad, things will get better. Even if you are heartbroken, your pet will do anything to see you smile, even if it means coming back in a different form.

Yes, I still cry. But feeling the comfort I felt with Sophia now in Cali makes a huge difference. After losing a pet we don’t realize that all they want is to make us happy, even if we can’t see them. We don’t realize this because we are grieving.

I prayed to God every night that Sophia would do something, anything, to make the pain go away. When I met Cali I knew right away I loved her. I prayed to Sophia and God that we would get this kitten, and they answered my prayers.

Even if you don’t plan to get another pet, maybe just go to look at your local shelter, because pets will do anything to make you happy, just as Sophia did for us. I know many people don’t believe that pets can come back from heaven in different forms. But I do because Cali acts just as Sophia did, she honestly has Sophia’s soul.

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