From Beaten to Beloved – Heartwarming Story Contest

This pet rescue story is an entry in the Most Heartwarming Story Contest, by Helen Woodward Animal Center. The Most Heartwarming Story Contest is open to any and all participating Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet organizations. The winner will win $1,000 for their facility or rescue! Your organization can become a Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays partner today. This story will now have an opportunity to be featured in the finalist pool in February, 2016. 

Munchkin’s Story: From Bound and Beaten to Beloved

Munchkin with his new family

Munchkin with his new family

From Helen Sanders CatPAWS, located in Seal Beach, California

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We celebrate every cat who goes home, and each has a story. We’d like to share the story of one 6-month-old tabby cat who came into our care recently.

The call came in at 6 a.m. Someone had found a cat, all four limbs trussed, mouth and snout bound in duct tape.

He was young, still a kitten at 6-months-old. Taken straight to a veterinarian by animal control, the tape was gingerly pulled from his body, and he was examined. There was evidence of bruising on the inside of his throat, indicative of choking. He limped slightly, as if he had been beaten, perhaps kicked or thrown. The blood vessels around his eyes had ruptured, consistent with being struck in the head. In flailing to free himself, he had ripped out a claw.

Nicknamed Munchkin, he was transferred to a public shelter, one that was notoriously overburdened. So now Munchkin found himself in a crowded shelter environment, where, weakened as he was, he was at risk of getting sick. If that happened, his chances of getting adopted would be slim.

Through rescue networking, Cat PAWS found out about this young guy, described as sweet and friendly, and we got him out. We had x-rays done, as had been recommended by the shelter vet who examined him to check for internal injuries, and got him neutered. Another lady had been following the social media posts about him and had tried to get him out, but because he was on “stray hold,” only a rescue could. She contacted us about adopting him, and we agreed she would give him a wonderful, loving home.

So within the course of a week, Munchkin had gone from being cruelly bound and gagged and left for dead to being safe and cherished.

During the 2015 Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays campaign (Oct. 1, 2015 – Jan. 4, 2016), participating animal organizations are encouraged to enter heartwarming adoption success stories. Submissions can be made weekly by email or tagging stories with #LightTheirWayHome, and at the end of each week Helen Woodward Animal Center will select a winning story to be featured on this very blog! After the campaign ends on Jan. 4, 2016, the weekly winning stories will be compiled into a pool and voted on by partnered organizations, animal welfare fans and the public. The story with the most votes will win a $1,000 donation for their animal organization and will be announced on Helen Woodward Animal Center’s blog in February, 2016. For more rules and guidelines, please click here.


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