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Last year, Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue (SAPCR), a charity based in Houston, Texas, shared the heartbreaking story of Samuel. The two-year-old cat had spent most of his life in a cat carrier and suffered immensely as a result. Thanks to the help of a special rescue organization and his loving home, this special cat is transformed beyond recognition!

Samuel was brought into BARC Animal Shelter in Houston after he was rescued from a hoarding situation. He was found shut in the small carrier and it was estimated he spent the majority of his life in it …


The neglected cat was scheduled for euthanasia in the city shelter. Fortunately, SAPCR was notified just in time – and Samuel “went from death row to a veterinarian’s office.”

Samuel suffered from mange, his fur was yellowed from contact with his own urine, and he had burns from sleeping in excrement. He was painfully skinny, anemic, had a corneal ulcer in one eye, bad teeth, poor kidney and liver function, and he was FIV-positive, Love Meow reports. The poor animal was taken to Central Houston Animal Hospital where he began his treatment with Dr. Lucy Faulkner.

Soon, Samuel moved into a foster home with Leslie Raines and the slow process of his recovery began. He had to learn to walk all over again and how to trust people and stop being scared of other cats.

“As a vet tech and a long time rescuer, I knew many would be turned off by how awful Samuel looked, but I just kept saying that there was a healthy, handsome kitty in there, just waiting to bloom,” Raines told Love Meow.

“It is a process that has resulted in a purring, filled-out, long-haired boy who likes to be held, and likes to watch kittens play, perhaps wondering why he was never given the chance to do the same,” his rescuers write.

“Samuel has moved from hoarded to happy, from sick to healthy, from starving to full.” shared his rescuers. The little survivor found his forever home with a man named Bryan who had lost his 13-year-old cat to cancer.


It is hard to believe that the beautiful fluffy cat Samuel has grown to be is the same animal that came to SAPCR a year ago. We are so glad his rescue story ended with finding a wonderful person with whom he had an instant connection!

To learn more about Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue, click here.

All image source: Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue/Facebook

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5 comments on “Cat Who Spent 2 Years Locked in a Pet Carrier Looks Totally Different Thanks to Rescuers (PHOTOS)”

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Jovy Jergens
5 Months Ago

This is such a wonderful story thanks to all Samuel\'s saviors including his new person. Best wishes for a long and happy future together!

5 Months Ago

My sister-in-law adopted a cat that had been rescued from a bad situation. The woman kept the cats in carriers and allowed them out for an hour a day. "Hilda" was a sweet and loving cat who had a great life with my sister-in-law and brother. Unfortunately, she ended up with kidney disease a decade later. So sad. We need to reduce the number of domesticated animals out there--especially cats and dogs. PLEASE spay and neuter!! And ONLY make adoption an option. PLEASE do not breed.

Pamela Tate
5 Months Ago

Who on earth would keep any animal in a pet carrier, they\'re clearly barmy. Hopefully this lovely cat, with a new and loving owner, can live happily for the rest of it\'s life.

5 Months Ago

That would not have been euthanasia but killing. There was no reason why he should not have been ended. It is sad that there would have been people turned off by his appearance. I would not have as I am sure others who could see what he had been through. He did indeed eventually appear as the handsome cat who lurked inside him just waiting to come out given the chance.I am grateful there were people who saw that cat and rescued him.

Muriel Servaege
5 Months Ago

Long live this Lucky cat!


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