A Paws For Pets — A king-sized cat known as Mr. Stinker

By LaMoine Roth, York Adopt A Pet

York Adopt A Pet is dedicating today’s post to JoAnn Williams and Mike Teetor who both passed away this last week. These two were instrumental in the success of the building of our shelter and were always there whenever they were asked to help.

JoAnn loved animals and was a generous supporter of York Adopt A Pet. She was on the first committee when the idea of building a new shelter was formed. When the shelter was complete she was there cleaning so it was ready for the cats and dogs and then she was there to walk the dogs from the old shelter to the new shelter. JoAnn was always there when needed and continued her support when she moved away from the area.

Mike did research when York Adopt A Pet was campaigning for funds for the new shelter. He helped guide us to a low interest loan from the USDA. He helped make it possible for York to have the animal shelter we have today. Mike was a York Adopt A Pet Board Director from 2017-2022 and was always available for fundraising events and helping with projects at the shelter.

The York Adopt A Pet directors, staff and volunteers extend our heartfelt sympathy to Stan Williams and Vickie Teetor and their families.

I would like to share an article written on Friday, August 14, 20o9:

Several weeks ago I was on a rescue mission to pick up an abandoned injured cat in the country near Bradshaw. I had Lester the cat secured in a carrier and was on my way back to York when I saw JoAnn Williams mowing her lawn. I stopped to visit with her briefly. She and her husband, Stan, have been such wonderful supporters of York Adopt A Pet including their donation of our Adopt A Pet Patrol bright red van you probably have seen on the streets of York and neighboring towns. They are not only supporters of the York Adopt A Pet, but have their own small rescue going with their dogs, cats, birds and several ferrets.

JoAnn introduced me to their dogs, and when her daughter Kim came into the kitchen carrying Mr. Smelly (her pet name for him), I couldn’t believe the size of this cat. He is simply huge. Standing next to their Pekingese, LeLo, Mr. Smelly dwarfed this full-sized Pekingese. I am certain that he is at least part Main Coon, but even with that he is the largest cat I have ever seen. And I have seen A LOT of cats. I once saw a large cat posted on an email sent by a friend. I thought to myself how the photo had to be enhanced to make the cat look so large, but trust me, Mr. Smelly doesn’t have to have his photo enhanced. He is simply a XXX-large cat.

I was surprised they said when they found him, he was a tiny little kitten who just grew bigger and bigger. I agree with Kim, whoever abandoned this kitten didn’t realize what a gorgeous cat he would grow into. I asked Kim to share her rescue of this tiny abandoned kitten which grew into this big beautiful cat. Stories like these again show how everyone and anyone can make a difference in an animal’s life.

Kim began her story. “It was a sunny day in the late summer of 2004 when my dad decided to take my brother Chris and  I down to Oak to go wading in the Little Blue River and look for fossils on the river’s sandbars. Before we went down to the river, we were going to stop by my dad’s cousin, Merlin’s, house to say hello since we were in the area. Merlin had a bunch of used cars on his property which he would buy, repair and sell. It was under one of these cars we found  Stinker. Just a little kitten back then, Stinker had been abandoned somewhere in the countryside near Merlin’s house and Merlin, being an animal lover, attempted to catch the kitten and take them home.

It seems that on that day, Stinker had decided to crawl up into one car’s suspension. As my dad pulled into Merlin’s driveway, we saw Merlin spraying water from a hose underneath the car and we all wondered what he was doing. We went over to say hello, and then Merlin explained there was a little kitten stuck somewhere under the car. Try as he might, he couldn’t reach it, so he was trying to get it to leave on its own by spraying water at it. I crouched down to look under the car. I could barely see the little white and black spotted kitten, soaking wet and scared to death. Stinker was stuck far up in between all the piping that eventually leads to the engine, and he was shaking and meowing like crazy, too scared to come down, even though he didn’t like the water. My dad bent down to take a look too, and he tried to crawl under the car and reach him from there, but his hands were too big to fit up under there. That meant it was up to my brother and me to get the poor kitten out. He and I worked and worked to get him out, and it took nearly a half an hour before I could finally pull the wet, scrawny kitten out. We took the kitten inside Merlin’s house and washed off all the grime he had acquired from the greasy car parts. Then we put him in a kennel after he was nice and dry.

After exploring the Little Blue River, we stopped by Merlin’s house one last time, and that’s when he asked us if we’d like to keep the kitten. With a little begging and pleading, I was able to convince my dad that another cat was just what we needed. So, we took that cute, little kitten home, named him Stinker, with no idea just how large he would grow. Today, Mr. Smelly (the nickname he now has, it has nothing to do with his scent though) weighs a whopping 20 pounds and is one of the largest cats our vet has ever seen. He has long, beautiful fur, huge green eyes, a giant plume of a tail, and a personality that matches his size. It’s too bad some people threw him out on the side of the road; look at what they’re missing! Who knew such a scrawny little kitten, with a strange story would turn into such a huge, wonderful cat?

Thank you Kim, for sharing your story of Mr. Stinker with our Paws for Pets readers and thank you to the Teetor and Williams families who helped make our new Adopt A Pet Center a reality.

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