CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WBIR) — Jimmie Nelson’s wife never let him get an indoor cat.
The 81-year-old stroke victim now lives alone, and wanted a cat as a companion.
That’s where Shelly the shelter cat comes in to the picture.
“He loves her, he doesn’t wanna act like he pays attention, but I’ve caught him actually petting and loving on her,” says Nelson’s daughter, Teresa Seals.
Seals picked out the cat from the Claiborne County Animal Shelter, and never thought Shelly would so quickly earn her keep.
“I think the Lord sent the cat to us to save my dad,” Seals says.
She did so by taking on a venomous copperhead snake.
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