The tragic story of this beautiful ginger and white cat called Toby has a happy ending... so you're safe to read ahead.
Little Toby had been given away by his family, after seven years, and was struggling to settle in at his new home 12 miles away. He missed his old family so much that he walked the twelve miles back to their house just to see them, only for them to reject him and take him to a shelter. The unnamed family were so set on never having to deal with him again that they asked the shelter to euthanise Toby, so he could never find his way back to them again. Thankfully, the shelter instead then chose to call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and ask if they wanted to take him into their care and try and find him a new, loving home.
The 7-year-old kitty tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus and had a cold when he was taken in by the SPCA back in February, but was well cared for by staff and his cold soon cleared up. The SPCA did not identify where Toby came from or who his original family was, though many people online thought the family should be named and shamed, and stopped from owning any animals in the future. The SPCA chose to focus on the positives of the story, writing: "Toby is safe here at the SPCA Pet Adoption Center waiting to find his forever home. He would prefer to be the only cat in his home. We hope his story inspired you to take a stand for animals in need."
Luckily for Toby, his story went viral and was shared hundreds of time leading to visits and application from families all over America. One family in particular seemed like a perfect fit for the fluffy boy, and he was adopted on April 13th and is loving his new family and home. He even has his own Instagram page where you can follow him and stay up to date with all his fluffy going-ons and his new adventures with a family who would never give him up. According to the SPCA, Toby was welcomed into his new home by his three new siblings — two human and one feline. The SPCA encourages those moved by Toby's story to sign up for the 2018 Dog Walk & Woofstock.