A young woman in Greeley, who as a teenager found needed and timely comfort in her pet cat during a time of illness, has her story told in a special edition of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

GREELEY - A young woman in Greeley, who as a teenager found needed and timely comfort in her pet cat during a time of illness, has her story told in a special edition of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

This book series has sold over 100 million books to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, with more than 250 titles and translations into more than 40 languages. With varied themes, the publisher of Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks to share true stories evokinhg happiness, inspiration and hope.

The latest book, which came out in August 2017, revolves around felines and what they have meant to people. Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cat Really Did That? focuses on rescue cats. These 101 personal stories, which includes this local account, are described as “hilarious and heartwarming.” Royalties from the book go to American Humane, one of the organizations that Chicken Soup for the Soul supports in its broad program to help care for shelter animals and promote adoption.

This story from Greeley, Pa., has to do with a cat named Ellie and a girl named Isabelle.
The girl’s mother, Mary Fluhr Bajda, is a fan of the book series, and one day was looking at their website, when she saw that they were asking for cat stories.

In the story, she tells about the day her daughter, as a sophomore in high school, was diagnosed with epilepsy. Isabelle was having a hard time coping with her seizures and the medications. She couldn’t go to school and spent a lot of time in her room. She asked her mother if they could get a cat.

Although hesitant because the last cat they had was destructive, Mary agreed to look, and through a website found a picture of a cat that was up for adoption at Father John’s Animal House in Lafayette, NJ. Ellie looked lovable and was described as cuddly.

Mary and her husband James picked her up. They learned that the cat had been rescued with others from an abandoned home. It had trouble learning to use the litter pan, and although had been adopted already, she was taken back to the shelter.

The story continues, that Ellie proved to be a wonderful house cat, eager to snuggle and give love. Ellie has brought much comfort for Mary’s daughter.

Mary stated that Isabelle is 20 now and doing better. She is an accomplished artist. They still have their cat Ellie, who continues to bring much joy to their home.

They also have since adopted a rescue dog, who was in need of therapy to overcome a problem with its back legs. Their dog Wilbur has also been a blessing to the Bajda household.

Mary said that she hopes the story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book will inspire others, to give rescue animals a chance. “They can be your best friend,” she said. “All they want is love and they return it to you 100 times.”

It seems that the animals are aware they have been rescued, and are full of gratefulness.

Having her story published has inspired her to write more. She used to write, back in college. She presently works as Director of Religious Education and Music at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola.

They also have two older children, James and Evangeline.
For more information about Chicken Soup for the Soul books, visit online at http://www.chickensoup.com/.