Life is tough when you’re a homeless animal. Domestic animals like cats and dogs are not like their feral counterparts, who grow up wild, stay wild, and belong in the wild — for many domestic animals who were abandoned by humans, survival is a struggle. Some of them may come across as a little people-shy, but we imagine that comes from an unfortunate past where they learned that not all humans can be trusted. Others may have learned somewhere down the line that they could rely on food and water from kind humans.
Most of us have probably known a stray cat who lived in our neighborhood, going from door to door asking people for scraps. That is likely the history behind Thomas, the cat in the photos below. Thomas (whose full name is Sir Thomas Trueheart) was probably doing nothing more than asking humans for food and a little love when somebody decided to pour acid on his head. When poor Thomas showed up on a woman’s porch with an eye missing and no collar around his neck, she did the compassionate thing and brought him to the vet immediately.
When Thomas’s rescuer brought him to the vet, the doctor did little more than administer antibiotics, run a few tests, and then suggest that he be euthanized. His rescuer wouldn’t let Thomas die, so she contacted Milo’s Sanctuary, a rescue and sanctuary for special needs cats.
Thank goodness she did, because they patched him right up. Just after surgery, Thomas was feeling in high spirits with the help of humans and his new teddy bear.
It took a month of pain medications, antibiotics, and being wrapped in bandages for Thomas to recover from his surgery. According to the sanctuary, “Through it all, Tommy was so brave and purred and kissed the people taking care of him.” Even though this poor cat went through a traumatic experience, he still loved humans.
Thomas showed everyone that he’s a survivor — and life just keeps getting better for him. He has moved on to his Lifetime Care Foster home, where he gets plenty of love and attention daily.
From life on the streets to a loving foster home, Thomas’s journey is proof that every animal, no matter what they’ve been through, deserves a second chance. We’re so grateful that his rescuer and Milo’s Sanctuary were there to give it to him and that he found a forever foster home that will love him for who he is. Under the Lifetime Foster Care program, Milo’s Sanctuary will be provided with all the medical care that he needs, for as long as he needs it.
Even though Thomas’s rescuer was able to take him to the vet, safely capturing an injured animal is best left to the professionals. If you ever find an injured animal, please contact your local animal rescue hotline.
To learn more about Milo’s Sanctuary, visit their official website.
Lead image source: Milo’s Sanctuary/Facebook