Trooper gets a swag bag

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Trooper the cat sports the T-shirt he received from Trooper the band. - Submitted photo

Stephenville - Trooper, the cat who was saved from a frozen driveway in Stephenville Crossing in February, is gaining even more fame, compliments of a legendary Canadian band.

These days, Trooper is sporting a new T-shirt - a gift from the Canadian rock band Trooper.

Gwen Samms, president of the SPCA in Stephenville, said a package arrived recently containing the T-shirt, a letter from the band and Trooper memorabilia.

The letter explained that in 37 years there has never been an official Trooper T-shirt for a cat, so the one the band's namesake received is one of a kind.

The T-shirt has an emblem of flames with "Raise a Little Hell, Trooper" beneath it - a reference to one of the band's best-known songs.

Other gifts include a human-sized Trooper T-shirt, an autographed "Hotshots" CD and an autographed photo of the band, which the letter said the SPCA could use as it wishes to raise support for its cause.

Samms said the items would be used in a future fundraiser.

She said Trooper the cat is a symbol for animal rescue organizations of why they do what they do. A Facebook page - Troopers for Trooper - has more than 3,000 members.

It was someone who visited the page who suggested that Trooper the band play "Raise a Little Hell" in honour of the cat at an upcoming concert that led the band to send the package.

Trooper the cat, whose tail and one leg had to be amputated at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, is doing well - walking around and playing.

One of the results of his being frozen in the driveway was a loss of bladder control, but Samms said that's improving and he's getting some feeling back in that area.

He's being fostered by Delores Samms, and hundreds of people around the world have offered to adopt him, but whether that takes place will be determined by his needs.

Samms said Trooper has been sent gifts from all over the world - Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and even from a base near the North Pole.

Samms has learned that Catster, an online animal magazine, has taken an interest in Trooper and is attempting to get his story told on Animal Planet.

Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College

Geographic location: Stephenville, Little Hell, Charlottetown Spain Australia United Kingdom Canada United States North Pole

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  • Margie
    April 02, 2012 - 08:57

    Yes, he certainly is a Miracle. Thank God the SPCA never gave up on him, and he will now, very deservingly so, find a new loving, caring home. I wish I was able to take him and just love him to pieces.

  • Mary
    April 01, 2012 - 21:39

    So happy to read that Trooper is over surgery and improving. I hope he will have a great life from now on with lots of love and attention. I have a cat and he rules the roost but gives us so much comfort with his company. I was so sad when I first heard what had happened to him but it's turning into a happy ending.

  • Wendy
    April 01, 2012 - 18:40

    He should be named "Miracle Trooper". This precious cat should never have had to go through this agony if only someone in the immediate neighbourhood had done something. Surely, after seeing a cat in the very same spot in freezing weather after a couple of hours, something should have clicked in someone's mind that the cat was hurt and needed help.

    • Angie
      April 26, 2012 - 12:32

      @Wendy You would think that somebody would have figured out he was hurt. I'm so glad he's getting better.