Love Meow reports that a sweet cat with a swollen nose was abandoned in Northern California. A couple found a cat in their neighborhood with what looked like a swollen nose.

The cat’s condition worsened when the couple fed him. After rushing the cat to the vet, the couple found out the cat was afflicted with cryptococcus, a fungal infection caused by inhaling fungus outdoors.

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Luckily, Milo’s Sanctuary was able to provide care for the cat when the couple was unable to.  The LA-based organization brought the cat, Khy Shadowstryder, into their care.

“When he arrived at Milo’s, he was very sick, emaciated and felt so bad physically and mentally. It was hard to tell his true personality. The entire left side of his face was so ulcerated and infected that he just sat curled up,” Michele Hoffman, president and founder of Milo’s Sanctuary, told Love Meow.

Khy was a trooper through his injury and is feeling much better now. His personality is on full display. “After a visit to the vet, medications, lots of love and TLC, he started to feel better. We kept telling him how handsome he is and that he is loved and safe,” Michele shared with Love Meow.

We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to adopt instead of shop. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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Read more rescue stories in One Green Planet, including this dog that was rescued from an irrigation pipe. 

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