Bringing home a new pet is a truly exciting experience for a family. It’s a little extra special when the animal comes from a shelter. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3.4 million cats find themselves in rescue centres in the United States every year. Sadly, approximately 1.4 million of those felines are euthanized. This is in part because there are not enough families able to adopt these loyal creatures. Still, for those that do take a leap and welcome a pet, they reap the benefits of unconditional love while being directly responsible in saving a life.It appeared that the feline had not eaten in days. He was immediately taken to a shelter and put up for adoption. However, he looked weak and malnourished, not making him an ideal candidate. Shortly after he was labelled “unadoptable.” This meant he was on the list to be euthanized.
The couple wanted to bring an older cat into their home. When Hannah heard about a cat at the shelter who was about to be euthanized, she contacted the staff.
JJ was seriously malnourished at the time he was adopted and weighed about seven pounds.
Within a month with his family, JJ was active and began exploring the apartment. “The shelter that found him estimated his age at 10 but as he gets healthier he seems younger and spryer! Our best guess is that he’s in the six to eight range,” Danny speculates.
Now that JJ has finally recovered from his near-death experience, he seems to have finally gotten over his troublesome past.
“He’s back to full health and causing mayhem around the apartment,” Danny jokes. The cat has doubled his weight and energy over the year since his rescue.
They’re proud of JJ and all the progress he has made in such a short period of time.