Cat walks 12 miles to be reunited with the family that abandoned him

In February, the family of this cat, named Toby, took him to a new home. He had no idea why he had to leave his family, but he missed them too much. So Toby decided to run away, and after walking 12 miles to his old family’s house, and arriving at their doorstep, instead of being welcomed, he received the saddest response.

Tara Lynn, director of communications for the SPCA of Wake County, told The Dodo:

“They took him to a shelter and asked them to put him down. It was so heartbreaking to know that he had made it back to his family, and that was their response.”

The refuge refused to sting Toby and contacted the SPCA, who immediately took care of him. The SPCA began providing him with the medical care he needed to prepare him for a new home.

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Cat walks 12 miles to find family who abandoned him

Tara says:

“He tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus, and also had an upper respiratory infection. We treated him for the infection, which took a while. »

Although he no longer has his family, Toby quickly bonded with the shelter staff.

Tara explains as follows:

“He was very nice. He’s just the typical sweet cat: he wants to receive love and love you. »

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Once the rescue group posted information about Toby on social media, the calls poured in. Michele Puckett, from Raleigh, North Carolinarushed to the shelter to meet him, and the rest is history.

Tara adds:

“She didn’t hesitate at all. She was on a construction site and she dropped everything to come here. »

Luckily, Toby was officially adopted last Friday, and it didn’t take long for him to settle right into the family. Plus two new sibling cats to play withToby has two new human siblings.

Seeing how comfortable Toby is with his family, Michèle can’t help but think of the sad fate his former masters had chosen for him.

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“It’s really hard to understand how anyone could let him get killed like they did. It’s shocking, but we’re so grateful he was saved.”

Tara thinks the same and hopes Toby’s story will help make a difference for other pets and that they can find a second chance through rescue groups, just like him.

Tara then launches a call of hope:

“There are tons of pets that are easily dumped by their family or a breeder. I really hope this inspires others to get into adoption. »

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