Brought into the British Columbia SPCA with the saddest face ever seen, deep lacerations, a crushed spine, and a cauliflower ear, things did look good for BenBen, and they were only going to get worse………… until something amazing happens.
Many other shelters would have euthanized BenBen, but the BCSPCA wanted to give him the best chance at life. After his wounds were treated that seemed like it was going to be a reality when a family came to adopt him.
Unfortunately, he was soon returned to the shelter when his medical needs became too great for them to deal with. BenBen was put back up for adoption, however, alongside much healthier cats his chances at ever being adopted again seemed to go from slim to nil. Confirmation of this came from a vet who said BenBen would never walk again and would probably be on pain medication for the rest of his life.
There was nothing else the shelter could do, and BenBen’s spirit seemed to keep falling as the the day’s leading up to his scheduled euthanasia date loomed ever closer. He stopped eating and drinking, becoming very lethargic, sometimes almost never moving at all.
Then when it seemed like the inevitable would happen, a woman in the ER department heard about BenBen’s predicament. She knew about his medical conditions but knew she just had to have him. The day before he was due to be euthanasia all the documents were signed and BenBen found himself going to his new home.
“We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home,” the woman said in an interview with Love Meow.
When they took him home, he perked up almost immediately, and the depressed sickly animal at the shelter transformed into a loving cat. BenBen, the saddest cat in the world, had found a reason to smile again.
As BenBen’s spirit recovered, so did his body. “Even though the vets said he would never walk again,” the woman said, “he was determined to prove them wrong.”
Today, BenBen goes on leashed walks around the neighborhood, and he’ll even run across the room and jump short distances. He often demands to know what his humans are eating, and if they refuse to share, he takes matters into his own paws.
“We sat down with him for about an hour and he was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you’ cuddles,” the woman said to Love Meow. “I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.”