YOU may have seen the stories about BenBen, dubbed The Saddest Cat in the World. What this story tells me is that when it comes to adopting rescue cats, it's not about finding the perfect animal but being the perfect owner.
For those of you unfamiliar with the tale, BenBen (full name Benjamin Button) was taken into a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) animal shelter as a stray. He had deep cuts, a crushed spine and a califlower ear, probably after being attacked by a wild animal.
A family adopted him but soon returned him because of his serious medical condition. According to the vets, BenBen wouldn't eat, drink or move, and would never walk again. He was labelled 'unadoptable' and was scheduled to be euthanised.
But one woman, who works for a vet clinic, saw him on the charity's website and wanted to take him home and care for him. She and her partner managed to get all the paperwork sorted the day before he was due to be put down.
Since moving to his new home, BenBen has responded to their loving care and has made a remarkable recovery.
|Having cuddles with his new owner.|
"I think he started to feel safe pretty quick because we were greeted with purrs and cuddles and so much affection. It only took about an hour before he wanted to start exploring his new surroundings. I think at that point he knew he was safe. He knew THIS was his forever home.
"Now he's walking - even running and jumping small distances - and thriving."
|He's started to play, despite his disabilities|
"When he tries to turn around and look at you he has to turn his whole body. He has perma-sad, but beautiful green eyes. When he climbs stairs he has this weird bunny hop he uses to get up. And his walk looks like he almost can't bend the knees and elbows. And his personality is so unique. I can't really describe him.
"He's doing so well! No one who knew him before can believe he's turned out so awesome."
|Look at him now! The happiest cat in the world!|
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