Friday 17 August 2018

Cat who walked 19km back to family who didn't want him finds new home

Seven-year-old ginger cat's original family asked for him to be put down

Toby the cat settles into his temporary home at the SPCA shelter in Raleigh (SPCA)
Toby the cat settles into his temporary home at the SPCA shelter in Raleigh (SPCA)

Yas Necati

A cat whose story went viral when his original family asked for him to put down after he walked 19km from his new home to join them, has been placed with a new family.

Toby, a seven-year-old ginger’s original family had given him away to another one, because they did not want him anymore. But the feisty feline navigated the long journey back to his original home in Raleigh, North Carolina, so that he could be with them again.

Rather than welcoming him back, his original family took him to a local animal shelter and asked if he could be euthanised.

However, instead of putting him down, the shelter made a call to animal protection charity, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), who took him into their shelter to be rehomed.

Toby relaxing with his new owners. Pic: Instagram / @.a.cat.named.toby
Toby relaxing with his new owners. Pic: Instagram / @.a.cat.named.toby

When Toby first arrived at their shelter he was “laid back and “people-friendly”, but not too keen on other cats, the charity's communications manager Tara Lyn told The Independent.

He has now found a home with mum, Michele, and her children, the charity said separately earlier this week.  He also has two other cats around the house to keep him company and his family says they are “getting along well”.

Ms Lyn described Toby’s story as “heart-breaking”, adding that they did not know all the details about what the family asked for him to be put down but "he got a second chance."

Toby is infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which means that his immune system is weakened, but this should not prevent him from living a long, otherwise healthy life as long as he has people around him who look out for signs of secondary symptoms, and take him for regular appointments with a vet.

Toby and his new owners Michelle (SPCA)
Toby and his new owners Michelle (SPCA)

“If an owner is motivated to provide a good life for [an FIV positive cat], with regular veterinary care, vaccinations and so on,  then there is no reason that it will not live as long and happy a life as any other cat," according to the Cats Protection website.

“If people are moved by Toby’s story, we ask that they take action rather than just commenting on the story online,” Ms Lyn said.

“Toby wouldn’t have the happy ending that he has now if we didn’t have volunteers, staff and the funding to do the work we do. We hope his story inspires people to make a donation, consider adopting from a shelter or becoming a volunteer. Or all three.”

The creature seems to be adjusting to life with his new family pretty well, with his mum Michele telling the SPCA it is like “he’s always been here”.

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