Smart Living Cat walked 12 miles to get back to his family, and they tried to euthanize him

16:36  20 april  2018
16:36  20 april  2018 Source:   today.com

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Toby the cat walked miles to return to a family who had given him away. They took him to a shelter, but now he finally has a happy home. The 7-year-old orange-and-white kitty took off and slowly made the 12 - mile trek back to their house.

A family asked for their cat to be euthanized after he was given away but walked 12 miles back to his old home. The unnamed North Carolina family decided they no longer wanted the orange-and-white cat named Toby and gave him away.

TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby the cat's sad story has a happy ending!© Will Anzenberger TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby the cat's sad story has a happy ending!

After walking 12 miles to get back to the place he thought was home, Toby the cat's original family took him to a county shelter and requested that he be euthanized.

Luckily for the 7-year-old Maine coon mix, the shelter, not wanting to euthanize a seemingly healthy cat, contacted the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina, for help. "The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family," the nonprofit wrote on Facebook. "Of course we said YES!"

Cat walked 12 miles home only to find family wanted to euthanize himToby walked 12 miles to his old home.© TODAY, image courtesy of merchant website Cat walked 12 miles home only to find family wanted to euthanize himToby walked 12 miles to his old home.

According to Tara Lynn, SPCA of Wake County communications manager, Toby's former owners tried to give him away to another household, but the strong-willed feline found his way back to them.

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The second to last dog I had to euthanize I waited a half-day too late and it was horrible and she half-died in the car on the way back (yes, back He, like the cat before him, purred his way out of life. Much love to you and your girl. posted by teleri025 at 10:53 AM on September 12 , 2017 [4 favorites].

It helped me with my decision to euthanize my first cat , and 2 more cats in the years that followed. I don't want to put her to sleep because it would be easiest for me to get away from trying to keep up with the messes She also appears to have trouble walking in her back legs in the last month or so.

"It's a hard concept for me to understand: somebody asking that a pet be euthanized," Lynn told TODAY.

Although it's unclear why his original family had such a strong request for the county shelter, Lynn said the shelter told the SPCA that Toby struggled to get along with the family's other cats. Toby also has feline immunodeficiency virus. Lynn speculated this condition could have been another motive for the family's decision.

Cat walked 12 miles to be with his original family, who wanted to euthanize himToby naps in his new home.© SPCA of Wake County Cat walked 12 miles to be with his original family, who wanted to euthanize himToby naps in his new home.

FIV behaves very similarly to HIV, weakening the immune system and therefore making the cat more susceptible to illness. However, Lynn said that with proper medical treatment, FIV-positive cats can live out healthy, happy lives.

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I had tried to trim his nails earlier that evening, something that he used to behave very well for. Our usual walk route lasted 1 / 2 mile when he was younger, now it was down to the yard and back The seizures are awful, the state after is terrible also, my family has made the hard decision to euthanize .

After 45 days at the SPCA of Wake County, Toby finally found his fur-ever home. He was adopted by local resident Michele Puckett and her two children on April 13.

TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby loves his new mom!© SPCA of Wake County TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby loves his new mom!

Puckett first heard Toby's heartbreaking story from her sister in New Hampshire who read about him through celebrity animal activist Beth Stern's Instagram account.

"North Carolina friends: Ok sorry to be Debbie Downer but this just about killed me," Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern, wrote in the caption to her 416,000 followers. "He still needs a home as he's at the shelter - a home with someone who will not only love him, but guard him as he'd likely try to get 'home' again."

Toby the cat walked 12 miles home only to find out his family wanted to euthanize himToby © Will Anzenberger Toby the cat walked 12 miles home only to find out his family wanted to euthanize himToby "became a volunteer favorite pretty quickly," Lynn told TODAY.

"I think there was actually some debate in the family about which of the three sisters was actually going to keep Toby," joked Lynn.

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I walked This walk 12 months ago, I have had some friends support me and some not. Ripped his sleeper off him trying to bite his back . at that point I was able to get ahold on her. Ten days later, I had to go to the shelter and sign a release to have him euthanized .

We can assist him to get on his feet and he can, with a little help, still get out the dogie door There are vets that will come to your house to do it so that your dog/ cat doesn't have to leave the home. Posts:9 From: Canada. RE:How to euthanize old dog at home? (Date Posted:07/02/2011 12 :55 PM).

Toby's adoptive family is already embracing him with open hearts (and paws). They even made him an Instagram account to document all the family fun, and it already has more than 16,000 followers. According to Lynn, Puckett said, "It's like he's always been here."

The SPCA of Wake County is holding its 2018 K9-3K Dog Walk & Woofstock on May 6 to take a stand for homeless pets and help thousands of other animals in need. They're hoping that Toby's inspiring story encourages locals to participate.

"Toby's story is very special. It's resonated with a lot of people," Lynn said. "There are a lot of Tobys out there. That's why we're asking people to walk or donate or get involved with their local rescue. We can't save them all unless we have the resources to do so.

"With people's support, we were able to say, 'Yes, we can save Toby.' There are many more animals that have been abandoned, neglected and need our help."

—Hilary Sheinbaum contributed to this story.

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