There are massive amounts of stray cats and dogs living on the streets in countries throughout the world.
While there are so many individuals and organizations that work hard to provide a better life for these animals, not everyone is so fond of the strays. It turns out that the complaints filed about a stray cat named Leon in Brazil ended up changing the cat’s life.
The Order of Attorneys of Brazil is that country’s equivalent to the American Bar Association. People coming in and out of the organization’s building began filing complaints after a stray cat began living there.
The cat, whom the attorneys named Leon, decided to seek shelter in the building after a period of heavy rain. When the friendly cat started to approach guests of the building, some of them took issue.
The OAB had a brilliant response to the complaints. Members decided to hire Leon as a lawyer, therefore shutting down anyone’s complaints about him being in the building. In addition to his new job, Leon has also become internet-famous. He now has an Instagram, where more than 40,000 people follow him to learn about his adventures and about animal law.
A stray cat who decided to seek shelter at the office of the Order of Attorneys of Brazil may have made the best decision ever. During Brazil’s stormy season, the cat wandered into the building of the OAB, which is the Brazilian equivalent of the American Bar Association.
“In February it rains a lot in the state of Amapá (Amazonia), so he arrived at OAB fleeing from the rain and thunder. For a week, he was fed and protected in a box,” a representative explained to Bored Panda.
The office began getting complaints after people felt it was inappropriate to have a stray cat wandering a professional building. “[They said] that there was no space for him because it is a serious institution,” said the representative.
In order to avoid complaints, the board made a genius move. It hired the cat — now known as Leon — to welcome newcomers and justify his presence in the office. It took some time, but everyone began warming up to him.
Dr. Jeanette Laredo posted Leon’s story online, where it went viral. As news of the cat’s employment circulated, he was promoted. He’s now Dr. Leon the cat attorney, a beloved fixture at the organization.
Dr. Leon also has an Instagram account, where his more than 40,000 followers get to see what a day in the life of a cat lawyer is like. As you can imagine, there’s never a dull moment when Dr. Leon is involved.
Dr. Leon has his own employee badge. One day, he might even have his own office. “We are finalizing the documents to launch an animal rights institute,” the representative explained. “It’s called Instituto Dr. Leon.”
While they can’t accept more strays in the building, they’re hoping Dr. Leon’s story is the beginning of some change for strays all around the country. “Unfortunately, we cannot house all [the animals], so we will fund the NGOs in town. We will be an example for Brazil [to follow],” the representative noted.
“Today, he is very dear to everyone,” the representative added. “Even those [who] didn’t like him got used to his presence and have fun with him. His favorite place is President Auriney’s sofa; he loves to play with his toys.”
Aside from Dr. Leon’s work around the office, the employees have grown to love taking care of him. “Two months ago Leon was neutered and is already fully recovered. But veterinarians say he had a problem with his vocal cords as a result of suffering as a baby,” the representative said.
“He hardly meows, but we keep taking care of him. This motivated us to create the institute to help abused and abandoned animals,” the representative noted. Dr. Leon’s impact is sure to be felt by many.
Dr. Leon loves spending his time around the office. He can often be found greeting people as they enter, sometimes while he wears a very spiffy tie aside his employee ID badge. He’s clearly taking the opportunity to the fullest.
Dr. Leon’s followers are enjoying seeing him thriving in his little legal career. He isn’t the only cat out there with a job, either. Throughout the world, there are cats who are pursuing politics and running for office.
It’s hard to deny that cats with jobs are adorable. The fact that the Office of Attorneys was able to give Dr. Leon a second chance at living a full life is awesome. The fact that he’s a tiny kitten attorney is just the icing on the cake.