Man Saves Cat No One Would Touch From Life of Suffering

Man Saves Cat No One Would Touch From Life of Suffering

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On a hot summer day in Hawaii, a desperate call was made to a rescue group about a cat spotted in horrible condition.

A cat with severe mange was helplessly wandering the forrest blind and on the verge of death.

Keep reading to learn how one man’s love and commitment saved this cat from a life of pain and suffering. 

A Shocking Discovery 

A concerned individual made a post in Catopia Hawaii about a cat with horrible mange spotted in a local hiking area.

Bret Thompsett, a local rescuer and foster, sprang into action after hearing the news.

Bret and his girlfriend, Aimei, rushed to the site where the cat was spotted, but it was pitch black outside.

“At the last minute, just as I was about to leave, I spotted him,” Bret shared. “He looked like a rock.”

The cat’s mange was so bad that he hardly resembled a cat anymore. 

His fur had hardened and his eyes were glued shut from the mange.

This poor cat had been wandering the forrest blind and in pain.

They couple knew they needed to act fast. 

Rushing to the Rescue 

Bret had some of his rescue equipment with him, but he did not have a net. 

“He immediately bolted into the bushes,” Bret said. “But, I couldn’t stop thinking about him.”

Bret and Aimei returned to the site with a net on July 4th hoping to find the cat again.

“I found him and I netted him,” Bret said. “He didn’t put up much of a fight. He was clearly exhausted.” 

Bret placed him in a carrier and took him to a fellow rescuer’s home.

They got to work on making the cat as comfortable as possible until he was able to see the vet. 

Upon examining him, the truth was much worse than they imagined… 

Assessing the Damage

They named the cat Bomber after being rescued on the 4th of July. 

The rescuers friend spent the 4th of July bathing Bomber and assessing his condition. 

Throughout all of this, Bomber didn’t make a peep.

It was clear he had given up hope a long time ago. 

“He was super skinny, decently hydrated, and covered in sores,” Bret shared. 

A Fighting Chance

After seeing Bomber’s picture, members of another rescue organization said that he had the worse case of mange they had seen in 30 years.

They advised the couple to euthanize Bomber, but they refused to accept this as an answer!

After the years of suffering Bomber had endured, Bret and Aimei were determined to give him a second chance. 

Luckily, a vet tech paid a visit to Bomber at the foster’s house.

“The vet tech came along and said ‘No, he can be saved. We’re gonna save him’,” Bret said. “I’m all in!”

That night, Bomber began his treatment while Bret and Aimei waited by his side with fingers crossed.

“He got treated for the mange with Revolution,” Bret said. “He got subcutaneous fluids, vitamins, dewormer, and a bath. The whole time, he didn’t make a sound.”

Bomber waited patiently as his rescuers attempted to ease his pain. 

Beautiful Bomber

After his initial treatment, Bomber was taken to the vet as soon as they opened. 

It was there that they discovered Bomber was microchipped by a local shelter. 

Bret called the shelter for more information.

Bomber was roughly 3.5 years old and had been neutered as part of a TNR project. 

Sadly, there was nothing the shelter could do for him.

Bret and Aimei were Bomber’s only hope. 

Road to Recovery

Apart from being FIV+ and having severe mange, Bomber was healthy. 

Unfortunately, Bomber had to have half of his tail amputated because of irreparable damage caused by a fishing line. 

Throughout all of his treatment, Bomber never complained.

He somehow knew he was in good hands. 

Learning to Love

Thanks to Bret and Aimei’s endless love and patience, Bomber has made a full recovery from his mange!

He still needs time to rest and regain his strength after years of suffering.

However, Bomber now has a new challenge to face. 

“He needs a lot of socializing,” Bret said. “We’re going to bring him back to being a socialized cat.”

It was clear Bomber had been abused in the past. 

The couple started to notice some disturbing signs that confirmed his suspicions. 

“We think he was badly abused because he recoils back, flattens his ears and squints his eyes when you touch him. Especially with men.”

Right Where He Belongs

The initial plan was for Bomber to be adopted out, however, Bret and Aimei soon realized that Bomber was already a part of their family.

Bomber had grown to love and trust his rescuers. He depended on them– he needed them.

After all he’d been through, it wouldn’t be right to make him start all over with a new family.

Bret and Aimei had fallen in love with Bomber. They needed him just as much as he needed them.

The decision was clear: Bomber wasn’t going anywhere!

He was right where he belonged all along.

Bomber, The Best Surrogate Dad!

It’s been almost a year since Bomber’s rescue and he’s made great strides in being socialized.

When he first arrived at Bret and Aimei’s home, he was scared and defensive.

Now he loves to be pet, snuggled, and will even play dress-up!

“It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, BomBom wouldn’t let us look at him without hissing and growling!” said Aimei.

Not only is Bomber exceptionally loving and affectionate with his human parents, but he’s also volunteered to help Bret and Aimei with foster duties!

“Bomber is amazing with foster kittens. He loves to clean them and for the most part is very gentle,” said Bret.

Bomber is a doing a fantastic job at being a foster dad.

It’s not uncommon to find him laying in a snuggle puddle of kittens.

Considering how hard Aimei and Bret worked to earn his trust, it’s as if Bomber is paying it forward with the kittens.

“He sure loves his kittens. He’s a really good surrogate dad,” Bret laughed.

Bomber now spends every day being showered with love, attention, and delicious chicken flavored squeeze treats from his forever family.

For the first time in his life, he knows he is safe and taken care of. 

“He will never be a colony cat again. We will do whatever it takes to show him what true love is,” Bret shared. 

About Our Hero

Without Bret and Aimei’s help, Bomber wouldn’t be alive and healthy with a loving family by his side.

The couple selflessly sacrifices their time and resources to rescue cats that would otherwise suffer on the streets.

Bret and Aimei are entirely self funded and rely on the donations of kind hearted individuals to continue their life saving missions.

Please consider donating food or supplies directly to them through their Amazon Wishlist.

If you’d like to donate toward a rescue cat or kitten’s medical treatment, please click here.

Every cent goes toward the medical rehabilitation and long-term care of cats and kittens in critical condition.

Be sure to stay updated on Bret and Aimei’s latest rescue missions by following them on Instagram!

Click here to follow Bret: @hawaii_cat_dad_rescue

Click here to follow Aeimi: @mayiseeyourkitties

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15 Replies to “Man Saves Cat No One Would Touch From Life of Suffering”

  1. I am a rescue and foster for 4 yrs now. I am also a cna for 15 yrs. I am currently fostering a 14 year old female since last year June. last year I fostered 4 cats adoptedout 3 through Paws watch East Providence chapter. Paws watch is a very successful rescue group. I can and have rehabilitated them so they can be adopted. Three yrs ago i fostered 3 females all beautiful and black adopted out 2 i kept precious. When I read the story about Boomer it reminded me of this poor female black cat that I kept she was the same way as you go to pet her her ears go down her head goes down oh my God the poor thing. They we’re all outdoor feral cats I rehabilitated they became more relaxed and people-friendly.

  2. Euthanize? People are helped at all cost even when they are have a terminal disease. This guy had mange albeit an extreme case. He deserved the chance to heal and get the love he should have had all the time he was out there struggling to survive. Bravo to Bret for not listening to that rescuer who suggested euthanization, a term that is used far too many times when it is really killing that is what it is. I am not saying that was her intention but that should have been the last option.

  3. Thank you for rescuing Bomber. It’s sad that in this day and age, humans are so cruel and uncaring. So grateful that there people out there are still rare individuals that will do whatever it takes to save a life. THANK YOU!

  4. Thank you for saving him you are his angels 😇 so adorable 💕 and precious baby. Thank you for sharing his story i have 2 rescued cats i adoted and they are my life they are both very adorable ❤ and precious to me,have a great day and God bless all of you

  5. It is wonderful the amazing recovery Bomber had. Such kind people to give him all the medical help and lots of TLC. It is sickening how he was abused by whoever had him originally. So heartless! It is so heartwarming though that this story has a happy ending … which is only the beginning for this precious kitty … 🙂

  6. Thank you caring for the helpless. Your hearts are as big as the outdoors. If I had the resources I would do the same thing. God bless you both!

  7. I am glad that Bomber has a great and safe home home. That is wonderful that he was given a second chance to live.

  8. Thank goodness he found Bret and Aimei. I am disappointed that the other shelter recommended “euthanizing” hime. He just had mange and he is FiV plus his tail. No cat should be killed for that. What a chunky and handsome guy he is now. Such a good story it is. He was always a beautiful guy but just needed people to help him show it.

  9. Well done guys, and thank you. Bomber is a wonderful cat and I wish him and all of you a long, happy relationship.

  10. Brett & Aiemi thank you so much for saving and rescuing Bomber. Y’all are Heroes God Bless y’all and Bomber with long, healthy and happy lives. Again thank you.

  11. They are all worth saving. There was another case just like this (video still on You Tube last I knew) The mange was awful but that cat wasn’t quite as thin. It took to it’s rescuer immediately. All it wanted was love and a home and he got it. Bomber looks so handsome here.

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