Nobody can deny that Toby, a 7-year-old ginger cat, is a sweetheart. He’s so loving and loyal, in fact, that he traveled 12 miles to get back to his family. Unfortunately, his journey home didn’t end in a heartwarming reunion.
Before Toby had embarked on his long journey, his previous owners had given him up, rehoming him with a different family. They didn’t want him anymore. Sadly, he didn’t know that when he escaped and made his way back to them.
Toby’s previous owners weren’t happy to see him. Shortly after he arrived, they took him straight to a shelter, where they cruelly asked for him to be euthanized. Fortunately, the shelter refused, opting instead to contact the SPCA of Wake County, a no-kill shelter in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The SPCA gladly took in Toby and began trying to rehome him. There, he tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), so he was placed in a suite with the other cats with FIV. Despite his medical issues, though, his sweet nature proved he’d be a great addition to any family.
He loved snuggling visitors and playing with other animals and with toys, making him popular with the volunteers at the SPCA. They described him as a “cuddly boy with lots of love to go around.”
But it wasn’t until the shelter eventually posted Toby’s story on social media that he finally got what he’d always wanted — a loving family.
After that, it didn’t take long before Toby found his forever home, where he will have another kitty sibling and two human ones. Now he gets all the snuggles he wants, and he’ll never have to worry about being abandoned again.
We wish Toby and his new family all the happiness — and cuddles — in the world. He certainly deserves it after everything he’s been through.