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Funds have been raised to bring Sully the cat — and her sister — to the US

Because of a surplus of funds raised after this story was posted, Staff Sgt. Dan Brissey was able to adopt Sully's only surviving sibling, shown here. Both Sully — and her yet-to-be-named sister — will be making their home in the United States. Sully will be leaving Afghanistan in early January, but it is unclear if her sister will be traveling with her or at a later date.

COURTESY OF DAN BRISSEY

By MEREDITH TIBBETTS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 4, 2019

UPDATE: Because of a surplus of funds raised after this story was posted, Staff Sgt. Dan Brissey was able to adopt Sully's only surviving sibling. Both Sully — and her yet-to-be-named sister — will be making their home in the United States. Sully will be leaving Afghanistan in early January, but it is unclear if her sister will be traveling with her or at a later date.

Sully the cat is going home.

Staff Sgt. Dan Brissey, on his fifth tour overseas and his third trip to Afghanistan, has raised more than the required $3,000 to bring the feline he rescued to the United States.

Brissey found Sully while she was sunning herself in the crook of a concrete blast wall on his way back from getting fuel. Brissey, who is allergic to cats, said on his fundraising page that Sully was one in a litter of four, and none of the other kittens would allow him to get close enough to pet them. 

Sully, however, “warmed right up to me and even let me pick her up,” he wrote. “She’s so stinking cute!” Brissey wrote in a Facebook message to Stars and Stripes. 

Serving with the Maryland National Guard, Brissey said his “mind was blown” when he realized this morning that all the money had been raised through the Afghanistan animal rescue Nowzad.

“Last night when I went to sleep, finally it was at $2,256. Then I got up 4 hours later and it was $3,184,” Brissey said through Facebook. Donations are still coming in at https://fundrazr.com/nowzad-sully?ref=ab_b7OGV0_ab_7z4a5I1yysq7z4a5I1yysq.

Sully is “very sweet; she likes to he held,” Brissey said. She “loves human contact. She has a real soft meow, very lovable kitty.”

An update from a veterinarian at Nowzad told Brissey that Sully was doing great, and included a smug photo of the feline. 

Nowzad’s mission is to relieve the suffering of animals in Afghanistan and to provide and maintain rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities. A representative from Nowzad said the extra money raised will go toward the transportation costs of getting Sully to the United States. Anything beyond that will be used for the Nowzad shelter and clinic where Sully was spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. 

Nowzad is the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan, and it is home to more than 130 dogs, 40 cats and seven donkeys. 

It’s unclear just when Sully will make the trip to the United States but waiting for her will be Brissey’s wife and Sully’s new “sister” cat, Annabelle (also known as Jabba the Kitty). 

“It makes the deployment days a little better when you have a furry little buddy to spend some time with,” Brissey wrote on the fundraising page.  

Email: tibbetts.meredith@stripes.com
Twitter: @mjtibbs

Maryland National Guard Staff Sgt. Dan Brissey and his feline friend, Sully.
COURTESY OF DAN BRISSEY

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