An Artist Shares His Kitten Rescue Story
In A Heartwarming Comic
Without Using a Single Word.

Ademar Vieira is a Brazilian journalist, screenwriter, and illustrator – a master of visual storytelling who doesn’t need any words to create a touching story everyone will understand and feel.

This time, Ademar has illustrated a real story about adopting a kitten he didn’t think he needed at first and it is dedicated to all cat lovers out there who at one time or another have rescued an animal.  It is called “The Cat.” 

The heartwarming story shows how wholesome life with a cat can be and questions who rescues who after all? People save pets in times they need a loving home the most – without realizing that pets save them as well.

 

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IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“When I lived alone, one day a kitten appeared at the door of my apartment. I started to feed her, but I didn’t want to adopt her. I was waiting for one of the neighbors to adopt her, but that didn’t happen. Every time I got home,  she was in the front, waiting for a little milk and a cuddle. Until one day, I arrived and she was not in her usual place. Several days went by without seeing her. I was afraid that something terrible had happened to her, so when she reappeared, I adopted her. It was a relief and a joy.”

“When I was younger, I just couldn’t imagine having a cat as a pet. I was living alone and thought that my lifestyle would not allow me to have a cat. Turns out that she chose me anyway.”

“We played a lot and I had fun watching how she used the spaces in the house and tried to have fun alone. Over time, I realized how much I cared about her as if she was a member of the family.”

“ ‘Gata-fera,’ which can be translated into English as ‘Wild Cat,’ has a very strong personality. She only receives affection when she wants to and she’s able to bite or scratch anyone who tries to cuddle her when she doesn’t want to be cuddled. She spends most of her time looking for unusual places to sleep and she loves to hunt and chase the dogs in the house. On the other hand, she can also be very sweet when she wants to.”

 “The message I wanted to spread with this comic is that sometimes we adopt a pet because we find them in a difficult situation and we think that we will be helping them out, but over time we realize that they are the ones helping us. We rescue them at that moment, but they end up rescuing us every day.”

“I think that people who live with animals understand better than most that humans are not the owners of the planet, we are just another tenant like all animals. We are responsible for this planet and for the impact we cause and we must take better care of this world so that all living beings can have a chance at a good life. To avoid the extinction of other species is to avoid our own extinction.”

“My comic strips are not conventional like most, with three pictures and balloons. They are more like short films that tell stories about life, loaded with emotion, criticism, and some twists and turns.”

“My native language is Portuguese and my intention was to make strips in Portuguese, but trying to use as little dialogue as possible. I managed to do some without dialogue and one of them went viral in several countries. From then on, I realized that it was a path of no return and I started using the no-dialogue format as a signature of my style on the comic strips.”

“The raw material of my stories is life.  Some are things that I experienced, other things are the result of observing the world around me. What inspires me are themes that I find myself talking about or thinking about. Some of these themes are opinions, views, or things that bother me somehow, like social inequality and everything bad that comes with it.”