Not only did June Wishart of Scotland and Monikaa Mattsson from Sweden meet over a concern for Trooper the cat, the two are now traveling to Newfoundland because of the injured feline.
Gwen Samms, president of Stephenville’s animal rights group SCAPA, says the women have been supporters since the cat was first found frozen to a driveway in February 2012.
“Not only have they donated a large amount of money to Trooper’s care, but to SCAPA as a whole, and they are always there with kind words and encouragement for our work,” said a prepared release from Samms. “It’s heart-warming to know that a shared love of the voiceless can make friends of strangers around the world ... and that’s just what our Trooper has done.”
The two met on Facebook through a mutual concern for Trooper and an ensuing support of SCAPA.
While in the province, the women will first spend a few days in St. John’s sightseeing and meeting other animal advocates while taking in some local fund-raising events. They will then make their way to Gander where they’ll be met by Linda Sheppard who will be hosting the travelers at her home in Deer Lake for the second part of their journey.
“It’s nothing short of an honour to finally get to meet two of Trooper’s overseas supporters and fans, and to have them experience a little part of our culture, our people, and everything that makes the Rock so special,” said Samms.