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A cat travels 12 miles to return to his owners, but then they ask to have him euthanized!

March 27, 2019 • By Shirley Marie Bradby

Those who have never had a pet cannot understand, much less believe it when people talk about the deep bond that is established between humans and their four-legged friends.

There are numerous true stories that report how dogs or cats have remained to watch over the graves of their owners for years, or who have traveled long distances to find them.

This story begins with a bitter homecoming, but luckily the epilogue is sweeter than ever!

The scenario happened in the United States and the protagonist was Toby, a male stray cat that was adopted by a family. Shortly after, however, the owners had second thoughts because of the bad relationship that the pet cats that they already owned had with Toby, the newcomer.

Consequently, Toby was entrusted to another family, but apparently, he had instead become fond of his first home, so much so that he traveled for almost 12 miles (20 km) to return to those he considered to be his true family with his real "mom and dad".

After finding Toby, once again on their doorstep, the reaction of his old owners was dumbfounding, to say the least.


Instead of being moved by so much loving attachment, they took Toby to an animal shelter and asked for him to be euthanized.

Instead of carrying out the horrible death sentence, the staff took to heart the cat's fate and it was decided to find Toby a family that really wanted him.

Therefore, the Wake County SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), in Raleigh, North Carolinaan association active in the prevention of animal abuse, was contacted.

From a preliminary medical evaluation, the cat tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency) as well as for an infection in the respiratory tract.

However, thanks to the care and love of all the SPCA staff, Toby fully regained his health. His photo along with an adoption announcement was published on social media and the first to answer the call was Michele Puckett of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Consequently, Toby has found a new family of two humans and two other "step-sibling cats". He has adjusted very well to his new home and all its family members and now acts as if he has lived there all his life!


It is difficult to think that today there still exist people capable of condemning an animal to death just because they cannot or do not want to take care of it.

The story went viral and the hope is to stimulate people to give these sweet four-legged creatures a second chance so that many other pets like Toby can find someone who loves them.

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