ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Thalia Papadakis has always had a soft spot for the needy creatures of the world. A blind horse. A dying pig. A discarded dog, his tail and paws frozen.
She supports saving the whales, protecting endangered species great and small. Her Facebook page is full of gruesome posts excoriating the monsters who abuse animals with knives and ropes and neglect. She eats vegan.
And the cats. Lordy, the cats.
Papadakis has been fostering cats for years, many in such bad shape that even the kindest cat ladies might find some of them too far gone to save. Cats with no hind legs. Cats with no bladder control. Toothless cats. Deaf cats. Asthmatic cats. Angry, unsocial cats. And one cat with a skin disease called pemphigus, noted for oozing open sores that inspired Papadakis to nickname the ailment kitty leprosy.