Charlie almost didn't get a chance at 2014 because on New Year's Day he suffered a seizure that almost killed him.
The black and gray tabby cat is the longest resident at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society in Kennewick.
"He spent the night having diabetic seizures," Elaine Allison, operations manager for the humane society. "His sight was gone, his blood sugar was 2 (normal is about 200), so we rushed him to the emergency hospital where they pumped fluids into him and got him stabilized."
The 15-pound cat, who is also known as Chuck, returned home to the humane society's Kennewick facility the next day, feeling a little better but still not quite himself, she said.
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By Friday, Charlie, who is estimated to be about 5 years old, was back to normal, showing his cranky side when technicians gave him his twice-a-day insulin shots.
When Allison saw the $1,200 estimate for Charlie's vet care, she struggled with how the humane society could pay for it.
"I wondered if I was being a judicious steward with the humane society's money to authorize Chuck's emergency care," she said.
After all, that kind of money would pay for many spay and neuter procedures for other homeless dogs and cats.
"But we do more than spay and neuter with our medical budget, and when we took Chuck in we took on the responsibility of caring for him," she said. "I figure after all this sweet boy has been through, he deserved the chance to live."
His original owner died and then he later was dropped off at the humane society by one of his owner's family members, Allison said.
"And it's just not his fault no one wants to adopt a diabetic cat. So we'll take care of him and try to figure out a way to pay the big bite out of our budget for his emergency care," she said.
Anyone who would like to make a donation toward Chuck's medical bill can do so through the website at www.bfhs.com or by calling 509-374-4235.
The humane society is at 1736 E. Seventh Ave. in Kennewick.
"Chuck is a lovable, friendly boy but he is not cuddly," Allison said. "He tolerates his two insulin shots a day so when I start to hear complaints from the techs that he's scratching them, I'll view that as a joyous sign our boy is recovering nicely."
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com; Twitter: @dorioneal