In February, Toby was given away to a new home. He had no idea why he was being forced to leave his family, however, he missed them so much… So the kitten decided to run away! After walking about 12 miles, he reached his house. Unfortunately, instead of being welcome, he was received in the worst way.
“They took him to a shelter and asked them to euthanize him,” said Tara Lynn, director of communications for the Wake County SPCA. “It was just so heartbreaking to know he made it all the way back to his family, and that was their response.”
The shelter refused to put Toby down. Instead, the SPCA begun his medical treatments and preparing the feline for a new home!
“He tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus, and also had an upper respiratory infection,” Lynn said. “We got him treated for the infection, which took a little while.”
Though he had no family, Toby quickly adapted to the shelter folks. “He was very friendly,” Lynn said.
After putting some photos on social networks, Michele Puckett of North Carolina rushed to the shelter and the rest was history. “She had no hesitation whatsoever,” Lynn said about Puckett. “She was on a job site and just dropped everything to come here.”
The feline found a loving house
Toby was officially adopted and it didn’t take long for him to join the family. In addition to two kittens to play with, Toby has two new human brothers. “He is just so sweet, cuddly and loving,” said Puckett. “He’s also pretty much taken over our bed, as if he’s lived here forever. He loves to relax and lay under our pillows.”
Seeing how Toby is comfortable with his new family, Puckett can not help but think about the sad fate his former owners had intended for him. “It’s shocking, but we are very grateful that he is safe.”
“There are tons of pets who are easily discarded by their families or a breeder,” Lynn said. “I really hope he inspires other people to go out and adopt.”
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Source: The Dodo