This is BenBen on his first days at the shelter.
Sad, alone and broken, waiting in a cage to be euthanized. This was a stray tabby cat that had given up hope. He came to the shelter in very bad condition. His signature look was sad because he had been so injured, his face hung with excess skin.
He had been attacked by a larger animal and arrived with multiple deep lacerations, a crushed spine, and cauliflower ear. He had been living on his own and having a very hard time surviving.
The shelter took him in and cared for him. They met his immediate needs and helped him be as comfortable as possible with all his ailments. They put him up for adoption once they felt he was well enough. He was taken home by a family, only to be returned a short time later. They just couldn’t meet his medical needs.
At this time the shelter decided he was not viable for adoption due to his excessive medical needs. The vet assessed him and said he would need to be on pain medication the rest of his life due to his spine injury. The vet also felt he would never walk again either.
With these circumstances, the shelter felt it was best to put him down.
Word spread and a woman who worked for an animal ER vet clinic heard about this tabby cat. She knew she had to do something to help save this tabby cat’s life.
Time was running out. The little ginger was scheduled to be euthanized and she needed to get everything in order to be able to adopt him before it was too late.
“We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home.”
While at the shelter BenBen, the name his adoptive parents gave him, wouldn’t eat or drink or move. They thought he knew he was on the list for euthanization and had given up hope.
BUT….once they got him to his real home….everything changed!
Upon getting home, his parents took him into a room by himself for him to get more used to the other cats. They spent an hour with him and by the end of just one hour he was purring, cuddling, and finally happy.
Image of his first day home
“I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.
“It only took about an hour for him to start getting curious about his surroundings.”
This was the first day of a new life for BenBen. He was a different cat from this day on. He gets along with the other cats and loves to check out what his mom and dad eat at every meal.
Remember earlier when the vets said he would not be able to walk? Well, BenBen has proven them wrong. He was determined to walk. Now he can walk, run and even jump shot distances. How is that for recovery?
“He’s doing so well! No one who knew him before can believe he’s turned out so awesome.”
This interview was taken in just nine short months from BenBen’s adoption. No one can believe this is the same cat that was brought into the shelter battered and broken. The transformation of adoption into a loving home is truly amazing. He might always have a sad face but now we know he truly is the happiest cat.