April 8, 2009
Vincent says: Ramizan came into my life last September when my professor entered the classroom with a suspicious look on her face, closed the door, then pulled out one of the tiniest kittens I had ever seen from her purse. The day before, she caught a neighborhood kid about to “dispose of” the poor thing in a nearby dumpster and thankfully stopped her before the deed could be done. However, the kitten was so underfed, dirty, and sickly that she herself couldn’t get it to eat or drink, and so in exasperation brought it to class to see if any of the students were willing to take care of it. I always considered myself a “dog person,” but after four hours of class, with the little creature perched next to my textbook as if reading along with me, my heart was won over. I volunteered to take care of the kitten for the next six months, then give her back.

While good souls are rescuing many kittens daily in Western countries, our situation was unique in that we were living in a place called Xinjiang in China, located deep in the heart of the Eurasian continent and populated with a Turkic people, the Uyghurs, closer to the Afghans and Uzbeks than the people of inner China. That month happened to be Ramadan, a Muslim religious season where people do not eat and drink anything during the day, and so when Ramizan refused to eat and drink, we joked that she was “fasting,” and thus she got her name, the Uyghur word for "Ramadan." Luckily, some kitten food softened with warm water was just the ticket and and after a few weeks (and a much needed bath) Ramizan was back to full health and living the happy, playful life every kitten deserves. As you all can guess, after six months passed, I abandoned the plan of “giving Ramizan back” and we went through the utter red-tape nightmare of applying for Ramizan’s “animal passport” as required by Chinese law. But we did it, and after a grueling 30 hours in an aviation kennel we lovingly call the “AdventureMobile,” Ramizan made it to her new home in Tennessee, USA. A kitten with Uyghur ancestry, a Chinese passport, and American residency, Ramizan is, in my eyes, a true feline globetrotter.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Vincent Malic

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Georgie -
Great story and beautiful cat!
Kayli -
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Awww, what a sweet kitty! I'm so happy that you rescued her! You two make such lovely friends :)
Bernie -
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she's adorable!!!!!
lol, it's like she's giving you a flying kiss in that one :)
Auriga -
I'm so glad the baby has a loving home. There's nothing sadder than a scared and sickly kitten. Thanks for saving her!
Sarah J -
Love the passport!
paulajeanne -
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What a great story!
SeekingPlumb -
What a great story!
cat -
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this cat is cute!
Charlene Faris -
That is a marvelous story...how sweet and how wonderful of you to adopt this gorgeous little kitten....God bless you!
Catimini -
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Very nice story ! Lucky kitten !
Thanks for that.

She is very cute !
Holy Cuteness -
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Great story and great pictures!
Katy Cat -
Sweet lil kitty :D
Claire -
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Awww, look at that lil tongue! So sweet!!!
Qin -
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good, pretty cats.
Lindsay -
She's so sweet, how could anyone hurt her? Luckily she was saved and is doing great!
Rae -
How lucky you both are to have found each other. She's grown up into a gorgeous young lady. Adorable!
Celine -
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She looks so relaxed and happy in this photo. Lovely.
Lilly -
She is sooooo cute!!!
I almost cried when I read the story. God bless you for saving her!
kittapotomus -
You are a hero! What a story. And she needed a passport to get home.... lol. Lovely little girl. Thank you for saving her.
Felicia -
A heart warming story that has made my day. Another life saved and the angels smile.
Etna -
Great story and gorgeous kitty!
LT -
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You story has touched my heart and made me cry.

Ramizan is such a beautiful and happy cat now!! Thank you for your kindness.
Pam -
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What a doll baby!!! That was the most wonderful story I have ever read!!!! You are an angel on earth for rescuing her. Thank you so much sharing her story. May you and Ramizan have many many wonderful years together. Both of you look so happy!!
Hailing Zhong -
such a lovely kitty and a lovely story.
Elyse -
There are so many kind hearted people out there and it's great to know that this little kitty was saved from abuse. It makes no sense to me how people could be so insensitive to animals.
Lydia -
I thought, "she looks like she's drawn out of chalk, like a she's a street artist's masterpiece" -- and of course, she is! I'm so glad for both of you that your teacher thought of you. :)
Thay -
Awww, a kitten passport! That is too cute!
Trish -
What an adorable kitty.Your story touched my heart and god bless you for doing what you did.You both look so happy.
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Precious - I love that tongue!
Cara-bou -
What a wonderful story! I'm so glad there are people out there like you who will go out of their way to rescue a little kitten. Such a cutie too!
Mel -
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What a darling survivor and what a wonderful 'hoomin' Ramizan has!
sue -
awesome!
henrytroi -
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How very lucky Ramizan is to have found you. (my cats are now very jealous that they do not have a passport) Thank you for sharing her story
Boodie -
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Awww, that is so sweet to read, bless you for taking such good care of this little one.
Cricket -
She reminds me of my rescue kitty "Buddy" he was so sickly too. She is precious. It tortures me to think how people abuse animals, I wish I could save them somehow. But, I guess we do it one at a time don't we?
She is precious. Thanks for sharing.
Denise -
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Ramizan is a happy, healthy cat now because she's been loved!
Carolyn,Sissy,Missy -
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This is such a heart warming story, she was so lucky to have been found by someone who cared
She is just so sweet gosh makes your heart just go out to her poor baby what a life she had before she was found.
Runner -
What a lovely, touching story! It looks to me like the photos go from "before" to "after"--what a wonderful change! I just wish my passport photo looked so good! Many you and Ramizan enjoy many happy years together.
Library_Cat -
Thank you for taking such good care of your kitty! Thank you for sharing your story.
Jen -
what a wonderful story and a beautiful kitty!!
Yunlin -
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Thanks for taking the effort to save Ramizan!! :)
As a Chinese that lives in Asia, i realised that most of us (Chinese in Asia) are more dog people than cat people.
Which is why the animal passport actually have the chinese character for dog had been strike-out and replaced with the cat character. ROFL. XD
Jackie A -
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Thanks for being such a great person and helping her grow up into such a beautiful cat. You both look so happy to have each other! :D Many happy years to you both!!
Siobhan -
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That's a great story. I am not surprised you couldn't let her go.
Emilie -
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kawaii! Look at the growing up kitten!!!! :3
Kirsten -
Aw, good story, and lovely cat! I adopted two strays while I was living in Japan for similar reasons - most Japanese won't take in strays. They're now happily living with me as immigrants in Washington DC. :)
Angie -
Awwww....thanks for making me cry! I was appalled when I read a kid was going to "dispose" of that cute little fuzzy baby. Sometimes I really wonder what is wrong with people. Thank you for giving this little girl the love she deserves, and you are an awesome person!
Willow's Mommy -
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Wow! Look how healthy she is now! Good work Vincent! I love hearing rescue stories like this one. I'm sure she's eternally grateful to you, her 'Daddy'.
Rita K -
What a beautiful story to inspire so close to Easter.
I too appreciate the photo of the passport and relish in the fact, that I live in the USA; and that I can have a kitty without having to get permission.
pim -
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Regardless of language, country or culture, Ramizan is a beautiful wee kitten. How wonderful that you have made such an effort to give her such a loving forever home. Many belly rubs to you, sweet Ramizan!
DONNA -
GOD BLESS YOU AND RAMIZAN
WELCOME TO THE USA!!
Carolyn -
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A very, very fortunate kitty! Thank you for this wonderful true story. You see, Ramizan thinks you're her real Daddy!
vampires12 -
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what a little cutey. to tell you the truth i didn't think people from other countries could see this website.
Kitten Luver -
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You COULD try cleaning his eyes once in a while... beautiful cat
Birman Mama -
That is one of the most heartwarming and amazing rescue stories I've ever heard. Ramizan is a lucky and beautiful kitten!
Barbara -
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Love those eyebrows!
Barbara -
Definitely turned out to be a very beautiful, healthy, adult cat
Patt -
She's growing up to be a beautiful young lady, too.........
Good work, Vincent!!
Pat -
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Thank you for sharing her story and pictures.
sharon -
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she looks like a loving cat
Vincent -
Thanks everyone, for your love and support! Ramizan gives her thanks. She's still trying to adjust to the life of a celebrity.

@Kittenluver:

Her eyes were in that condition when I got her and the picture was taken before I had the chance to clean them out. I think they were infected, as well. As you can see in the later pictures, we did clean her good.
betty -
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Beautiful story of a kitty saved...and a beautiful kitty too
many wonderful moments she is truely loved and knows it....
Broncobob -
Thank you for the uplifting story and thank God for people like you!
Mary -
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What an absolutely heart warming story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. You are a hero in my eyes. May you and Ramizan have a long and very happy life together!
Lynne -
Thanks for SUCH an uplifting story and I KNEW when I was reading, that you would not be giving Ramizan back. :~) What a sweet face full of loving gratitude she has! All my wishes for a long and healthy life together!
Bailey -
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Oh, what a wonderful story!!!!! You are a true HERO!!!!! So is Ramizan. You are a team now -- together forever. SO GREAT. Oh, and btw she is totally beautiful and adorable!!
Anna -
I absolutely adore animals! Especially cats! Thats why my mom never takes me to any store that has cats up for adoption! But this is a heart warming story! And for Ramizan, talk about a pampered kitty! Does that mean if I go try to dump my self in a dumpster that I will get treated like this? =] ;]
Anna -
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This has got to be my favorite picture of this little bundle of fur! =]
Tamsin-Emillie -
oh how darn cute :P
jewely -
just goes to show you what good care, good food and TLC will do.
a sweetie
Kim -
What a wonderful story,what a cutie !!!
Carla -
OMG...I love it! See, there are many good people left in this world...KUDOS to you young man. What a cute kitty!
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Great job done! What a beautiful transformation!
Raeann -
great job...what a beautiful cat. good job rescueing him.....
Amy Sprouse -
When people ask what is the meaning of life... this is the the meaning. Thank you for taking care of a kitty in need. Animals are such wonderful gifts to ourselves.

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Adorable little miss saved by the nicest person!!
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I just shed a tear, God bless his little heart and yours.
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I love the story. A truely international kitty.
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This story made me so happy for Ramizan but sad for all the other kitties that do get dumped. I wish I could. How do you go about adopting kittens from other countries?



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