By the time Samuel was found, his rescuers believed it was too late.
Trapped in a small cat carrier for most of his life, Samuel was skin and bones when he was brought to BARC, a municipal shelter in Houston, Texas. His eyes were swollen shut from mange and he was suffering from a long list of expensive medical issues. With such a poor prognosis, Samuel was scheduled to be euthanized as soon as the shelter’s required holding period was up.
“Somebody had posted a picture of a really skinny cat that had tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). I knew that wouldn’t give him a good start at trying to get out of the shelter, and he just looked so pathetic,” Raines told The Dodo. “So I posted to some of the rescue groups saying that if I could get backing I would foster him.”
With no time to spare, rescuers with Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue (SAPCR) took in Samuel, and one of Raines’ clients at the clinic offered to be the sick cat’s “freedom ride.”
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