In the summer of 2015, a two year old stray cat followed a woman home while she was out walking her dog.
Just looking for a little love, he hadn’t even realized yet that this decision would change his life for the better forever.
Read on to hear about how this little cross-eyed kitty found a way off of the streets!
Just Tagging Along
On a hot June afternoon in Jonesboro, Arkansas, a local shelter rescue and foster volunteer was out taking her dog for a walk.
While she was out, a stray cat approached her and started following her.
He must have known she could help, because he followed her all the way home.
When she realized he was friendly and wanted some attention, she got a better look at him.
This poor baby definitely wasn’t doing too well.
He seemed to be around 2 years old, but was extremely skinny, and obviously had ringworm and fleas.
But, despite being down on his luck, he seemed to maintain a chipper, playful attitude.
Because of his crossed eyes and goofy demeanor, it didn’t take long for her to give him the name Homer, after Homer Simpson.
She took him to the vet as quickly as she could and had him neutered, cleaned, and treated for fleas and ringworm.
While he was at the vet, she set up for a foster to come and take over from there.
Finding a Foster
The foster who originally agreed to pick up this cat fell through last minute.
The woman had no idea what to do and was struggling to think of other options.
She couldn’t keep the cat while he finished out his ringworm medication, because she was taking care several cats already and couldn’t risk a ringworm outbreak.
The shelter also couldn’t take the cat in for similar reasons.
But, she remembered one other person who might be able to help: Holly Dodson, a pre-veterinary student volunteering in the area.
Holly agreed to foster the cat for the three weeks it would take to get the ringworm out of his system.
Homer soon moved house to live with Holly and Hammy, Holly’s dog.
A Change of Plans
Holly was happy to help and wanted to make sure that Homer got the care he needed.
But, she needed the original rescuer to take care of him once the ringworm was gone.
However, it seems she had underestimated Homer’s charm.
“She actually called me after the three week foster period was up to see when she could get him and I said ‘never’ because I’m keeping him,” Holly shared.
She fell in love with Homer during his treatment and he’s been living with her ever since!
Homer moved to Louisiana with Holly for vet school.
Homer is lucky to live with Holly, who is now a veterinarian and can take care of all his special needs.
Now, Homer spends most of his days inside with supervised outdoor play time.
His favorite thing to do is ride around in the car with Holly’s other cat, Valentino, and her dog, Hammy.
Homer, Valentino, and Hammy are all best friends!
When they’re not playing together, you can find them snuggled up on the couch or in a laundry basket.
Holly continues to treasure Homer and we know he’ll live the rest of his days in healthy, chunky, happiness!