She Was Plagued by Nightmares After Surviving the Las Vegas Shooting

January 18, 2018

Everything changed for Nichole Stone last October. The attended the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas—when 58 people were killed and over 500 people were injured.

Since returning home, Nichole has struggled to return to her normal life. The 24-year-old has had her friends and family to support her through the difficulties of processing trauma. But there is one friend that has been the most impactful on her recovery: her cat.

Nichole adopted her cat, Connor, from an adoption center in 2014. At the time, he was only three months old. He had a broken tail but just wanted love from people.

Since adopting him, Connor has helped Nichole through hard times. But now, he’s helping her cope with the trauma of the concert.

After first returning from the concert, Nichole struggled with nightmares. Any loud noises would make her panic. Whenever this happened, though, Connor would snuggle up next to her and remind her that it would be fine.

She recently shared with TODAY, “Connor knows when I’m not OK. He can sense it whether I’m sick or I’m emotional or going through a hard time. When I’m having an anxiety attack, I can sit there with him and just let my emotions go and there’s no judgment.

It has been months since the attack, but many people are still struggling with recovering from the trauma that they experienced. For Nichole, her cat is helping her cope.

It’s incredible to feel like there is an animal there to support you. According to a cat behaviorist, Samantha Bell, “To know that this creature needs you and loves you, it helps you keep going every day.”

Cats aren’t the only support animal. Some dogs can be trained to help people with medical conditions. Check out the story here.

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