Looking at Bewler, a yellow-eyed cat with sleek black fur, she seems happy and well-adjusted in her new home with Barbara Padgett. One would never suspect the horrors she must have experienced in her previous home of war-torn Afghanistan.
Padgett’s grandson, Tyler Daniels, is a contract worker in Afghanistan. The 32-year-old is a dog lover, but when a cat, later named Bewler, started hanging around the office, he and his coworkers took right to her. “She was one of many stray cats we feed,” he told the Daily Independent.
They quickly realized she had an injury. “Three or four inches of her tail had been burned off,” he said. “There was just bone hanging there at a 90-degree angle.” He said her skin and fur around her tail were charred. “People are pretty cruel to animals there.”
Soon infection set in and the men knew they needed to get her to a veterinarian. She received all the necessary medical attention including having part of her tail amputated, after which she spent 45 days recuperating.
After the bond of seeing her through her recovery, Bewler’s new friends wanted to bring her home to the United States. “My team leader and his girlfriend are into animal rescue,” Daniels said. “She started a GoFundMe account to recoup some of the expenses that he had paid up front. Plus, sending her back to the States cost a lot.”
The fundraiser brought in $1,400. However, the shipping cost, which included the paperwork involved in sending an animal on a three-day trip from Kabul City to Dubai to Amsterdam to Washington, D.C., was $2,500. That’s not including her medical expenses. But Daniels decided to keep Bewler, and with the help of his friends made it happen. He brought the cat to her new home on April 3.
Daniels will return to work soon, leaving Bewler (named after a tool to provide security to American military bases) with Padgett, who is already keeping his other cat.