He was surrendered to a shelter in New York City during the week before Christmas. He had a severely infected wound on his leg caused by a venomous snake bite, so the shelter sent him Second Chance Rescue for emergency care.
You can see photos of his surgery here, but for the purpose of our story, all you need to know is that there's nothing pretty under that pink cast.
Olaf's surgery helped him heal, but he was still in an unfamiliar place. He needed all the love and comfort he could get.
That's where Mariah made an entrance.