Tyson Learns What Love Is

Tyson had a rough start to life.

Confiscated from his first home by the police, he was brought to the local Humane Society.

At approximately 7-years-old and 28 lbs., Tyson was a lot to handle.

Because of his hissy temperament, the Humane Society used him to test whether dogs were “cat-friendly.”

After 6 months unable to deal with Tyson or get him adopted, they were going to put him down.

Animal Friends, a no-kill organization, came to the rescue.

But they had a hard time handling him. Staff tried. Fosters tried. But Tyson was too much. He turned out to be ¾ Asian Leopard Cat.

After losing his two cats within 8 months of each other, Howard Ash never wanted to go through that pain again. He became a foster and worked with behavioral issues using clicker training to teach cats tricks and help them get adopted faster.

After Tyson spent 3 years with Animal Friends, they asked Howard to return his current fosters so he could take Tyson home.

Howard soon realized that Tyson had been badly abused. He couldn’t pet the cat, but Tyson would get into bed with him.

He worked with him for months, teaching him how to sit, stand, spin, speak, high-five, and give kisses.

Knowing that Tyson would regress if he went back to the rescue, he decided to make the cat a permanent family member.

In January, he’ll have had Tyson for 6 years. They have a nighttime ritual of tricks and treats before Tyson gets tucked into bed.

Howard donated a wellness clinic to Animal Friends in Pittsburgh. A life-size statue of Tyson, Feline Ambassador, sits in the lobby.

Howard's Generosity

In addition to helping cats, Howard also helps Hearts Alive Village as one of our most passionate supporters.

In fact, he’s agreed to match every gift this Giving Tuesday up to $10,000! Thank you, Howard!

This Giving Tuesday, you can help us provide the care that these pets need to have a happy life. Thanks to a generous match from Howard Ash, there has never been a better time to give. All gifts up to $10,000 will be matched!

Every animal deserves a second chance at a happy story. Hearts Alive Village has already saved more than 4,250 animals and with your help, we can save so many more.

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