When Samuel was brought to an animal shelter in Texas, his appearance was horrifying. He had spent two years in a cramped plastic cage normally used to carry cats. Samuel was rescued from the home of an owner who had «Plushkin Syndrome» and had turned his house into a garbage dump. There was trash and stench all around and Samuel only survived because of his owner’s feeding.
The cat was emaciated, his fur was covered in urine and feces, and his eyes were covered in pus. Despite all this, when he was taken out of his carrier, he reached out to the humans and purred. But Samuel ended up at the city shelter, where animals are put to sleep after a certain amount of time if they don’t find an owner.
Without help and treatment, Samuel had no chance of survival, but his fate changed thanks to the help of Leslie Raines, a veterinary assistant in Houston.
Leslie saw Samuel’s photo on social media and immediately contacted Purrfect Cat Rescue, a group of animal advocates, to work together to take custody of the cat and begin his treatment.
Samuel was taken to the veterinarian’s office for a checkup and his condition was dismal. He had anemia, scabies, damaged corneas, poor dental health and his liver and kidney values were poor. Moreover, the cat tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).
«Purrfect Cat Rescue decided to cover all medical expenses for Samuel’s treatment. The cat was very young and bravely tolerated all the necessary shots and procedures. After treatment began, he began to gain weight. When Samuel was cured of his scabies and eye injury, Leslie began taking him to her home to care for him, petting, stroking and showing the suffering cat that human company can be very pleasant.
This is a truly beautiful story of how love and care can change an animal’s life. Samuel has been through a lot, but thanks to Leslie and Brian he has found his home and a real family.
This story also reminds us of the importance of patience and perseverance. Samuel’s treatment was a long and difficult process, but Leslie did not give up and continued to fight for his recovery.
It is also worth noting that each animal has its own unique character and certain fears and problems. But if we find an approach to them, we can help them overcome their obstacles and become happy and healthy.
Hopefully Samuel’s story will serve as an inspiration for all of us to continue to care for and help animals in difficult situations.