"He put his paws up on me and climbed onto my shoulder as if to say, I choose you.I knew right then it was meant to be."
Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Stephen Paslawski spoke these words 2 years ago, soon after adopting a severely burned cat named Campbell from the Pennsylvania SPCA. It's hard to know what was more amazing: that the kindred spirits had found each other—or that Campbell was able to trust anyone at all.
Lt. Paslawski was recovering from the recent loss of his beloved cat of 15 years when he first heard about Campbell. And Campbell was recovering from multiple surgeries to treat the burns that covered more than 60% of his body, after two men doused him in an accelerant and set him on fire.
The men responsible for hurting Campbell were eventually convicted of animal abuse, and are currently serving up to 2 years in prison.
Paslawski reached out to the PSPCA about adopting Campbell as soon as he heard the kitty's tragic story on the news.
"I was disgusted that anyone could do this to any animal," Paslawski reported at the time. "I had recently put down another cat due to a large tumor, and with me being a firefighter and Campbell being burned, it just seemed like a perfect fit.
"He'll have a loving home for the rest of his life," Paslawski added.
2 years later, Paslawski has made good on that promise. Today, Campbell is a happy, healthy, and gorgeously floofy boy.
"Campbell is doing wonderfully along with his brother Geo who was also a rescue adopted from Philadelphia Red Paw," Paslawski tells HiHomer.
"He loves to be out on the screened in porch when the weather is nice and will sit out there for hours. He also likes to roam the fenced-in yard eating grass."
"His hair has all grown back, but he did lose the tips of his ears," Paslawski adds. "He's still a handsome boy!"
"He just wants to be loved and that's it," says Paslawski. "It's pretty much what any animal wants."
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