Refugee Cat From Istanbul Earns Adorable Safe Haven in New Jersey


Anka is a young cat who was struck by a car in Istanbul, and traveled more than 5,000 miles to be cared for in Ringoes, N.J. at Tabby's Cat Sancturary.
Anka is a young cat who was struck by a car in Istanbul, and traveled more than 5,000 miles to be cared for in Ringoes, N.J. at Tabby’s Cat Sancturary.

RINGOES — First rescued in Istanbul and then sent some 5,059 to New Jersey, Anka is described as energetic, insistent, with a personality bigger than him. Volunteers say you wouldn’t know the cat is disabled at all.

Anka, estimated to be between 3- or 4-years old, was enjoying life in Turkey, where cats thrive as strays, when he was struck by a car and suffered a spine injury, resulting in a surgery that left him with four pins in his neck.

The long haired, white and brown cat never would walk again. But, according to those who got to know Anka and his determined personality, his journey has just begun.

In need of a sanctuary to provide for his medical needs, Anka traveled from Turkey to Manhattan with his “pet passport.” The New York shelter was unable to care for the paraplegic cat, so a friend told Tabby’s Place about the kitten.

“We knew we could handle him medically. There are very few places in the world that will accept a paraplegic cat,” said Angela Hartley, development director at Tabby’s Place. “We did knot…

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