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Woman Holds Cat No One Would Touch, Saves Him From Life of Suffering

Woman Holds Cat No One Would Touch, Saves Him From Life of Suffering

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Valentino sat in a cage at a Los Angeles shelter, isolated, depressed, and unloved.

Nobody wanted to touch poor Valentino because of his mange.

With the shelter’s limited funds to treat Valentino’s condition, euthanasia seemed like the only option.

Just when he had almost lost hope, one woman’s kindness and devotion changed his life forever.

Keep reading to hear how Valentino’s life was saved by a simple act of kindness!

Abandoned and Unloved

Valentino showed up at the shelter with a terrible case of sarcoptic mange, a highly infectious disease that causes extreme itching.

Because of the irritation and itching, it often causes animals fur to fall out and their skin to scab.

Valentino’s case had gotten so bad that even his eyes were swollen entirely shut.

To many, he looked like a monster.

But to Elaine Seaman, a shelter visitor and founder of the At-Choo Foundation, he looked just as sweet and loveable as any other cat.

A Kind Soul

Elaine’s heart hurt for Valentino. He had already suffered so much.

As she passed his cage in the shelter, she saw his paw reach through the bars, begging for someone to love him. 

Even though sarcoptic mange can infect humans as well, Elaine didn’t let that stop her from showing Valentino the love he desperately needed.

She picked up him and tenderly hugged him, giving him the love and attention he had deserved all along.

“When I picked him up, he put his little head on my shoulder,” Elaine told the Dodo. “That was it. I had to get him out.”

Elaine decided that she would take Valentino and give him the love and medical attention he needed in order to be adopted down the road.

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Hopeful Hearts

Many people at the shelter thought that Valentino was close to death when he was abandoned.

They knew it was only a matter of time before his life ended. 

However, once Valentino realized there was someone out there who would love him, he mustered the strength to bounce back to life!

With the little strength he could gather, he eked out a tiny “meow”.

Elaine knew this was only the beginning.

Seeing how critical his condition was, she sprung into action before she even set him down.

With Valentino still in her arms, she called her friend, Toby Wisneski, the founder of Leave No Paws Behind

Toby happily agreed to join Elaine’s mission to foster Valentino.

Because of Toby and Elaine’s efforts, Valentino’s life was saved.

Seeing the World with New Eyes

When Toby brought Valentino to the veterinary clinic, he could barely move and open his eyes.

However, the vets worked tirelessly to give him the best medical care possible.

Slowly but surely, his eyes began to open and he began to gain back his strength!

As his energy returned and the treatment really began working, Valentino started to regain his beautiful coat. 

Behind the terrible disease the poor cat suffered from, Toby and Elaine knew there was a beautiful heart ready to love.

As he recovered, that heart began to show on the outside as well!

Valentino made a full recovery and was put up for adoption.

Happily Ever After

Los Angeles resident, Tania Menjinar, knew she had to adopt Valentino after seeing his photos and videos online.

Tania was always more of a dog person, but something about Valentino spoke to her heart.

Tania knew she was capable of giving Valentino the special love and attention he needed after a life of suffering.

Just like that, Tania was the proud new mom of Valentino!

Now Valentino is a friendly indoor cat who is happy and plump in his new home.

He enjoys sunbathing and cuddling with his mom and dog friends.

Back at full strength and in his forever home, Valentino will enjoy the good life from now on!

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42 Replies to “Woman Holds Cat No One Would Touch, Saves Him From Life of Suffering”

  1. A big “thank you” to the lady that rescued Valentino. That was wonderful of her! Every animal is a precious soul and I am so glad this kitty was given a chance and did so well from much TLC ….

    1. THANK YU LORD FOR BRINGING VALINTINO A GOOD PERSON BY JUST AT RIGHT TIME TO SEE HIS NEEDS N SEE HIS PAW REACH OUT AS TO SAY PLEASE LOVE ME AN HELP ME I NEED LOVE AN A FOREVER SAFE HAPPY HOME.GOD CREATED VALINTINO TO BE LOVED NOT KILLD AN THANKS TO THE LADY WHO CARED N THE LADY WHO ADOPETD HIM AN THANKS TO THE VET DOCTOR WHO TOOK VERY SPEACIAL CARE N NEVER GAVE UP ON VALINTINO

  2. I loved your stiry on Valentino poor sweet cat I was so happy he was found and rescued and now with a forever home with those who love him so very much. I was so thankful that when Elaine passed by his cage that poor baby with all he had in him reached out as she passed by and I think God was the reason she saw that little paw come out from his cage. Thank you Elaine and Toby for seeing this baby and helping him I honestly feel he felt you was his last hope which is why he was able to get his paw through that cage and by Gods grace you saw that little paw. Bless you from my heart.

  3. I am so happy for Valentino. God bless Elaine, Toby for saving this sweet baby, and Tania for adopting him. They are all his angels that watched over him. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story.

  4. What an incredible transformation. It just takes that one special person to transform a shelter animal’s life. God bless everyone in this story.

  5. That was one of the best stories I’ve heard in a while now ! God bless you for saving his life ! That’s what I’d have done if I could have ! You man are a hero in my book

  6. A very nice story two very happy ending for a cat that almost had no life left. Thanks to one sweet lady who put a little extra money into helping this cat out before it was to be adopted. Directions to other animals receiving New Life very happy ending. 😹

  7. A very nice story two very happy ending for a cat that almost had no life left. Thanks to one sweet lady who put a little extra money into helping this cat out before it was to be adopted. Donating time to other animals receiving New Life very happy ending. 😹

  8. I adopted a cat who showed up at my house to steal my cat’s food. He had no hair perhaps due to flea bites. It took me months to get nearer and nearer to him. He was a most handsome cat with black hair with white on his chest. He had the best nature but was only with me for three years when he passed away.

  9. I ALSO LOVE CATS ,I HAVE 2 VERY SPOILED ONES AND IM SO HAPPY VALENTOE FOUND HIS FUREVER HOME WITH LOTS OF LOVE ,SAD HE HAD TO SUFFER SOS MUCH ,I SO HATE ANIMAL ABUSE OF ANY KIND.

  10. What a wonderful story. There needs to be more people out there willing to give love to an animal in need.

  11. I love that he was helped. What a beautiful boy. I would surely do the same to make him better but it would be hard for me to give him up

    1. I was deeply touched by, regardless of his relentless pain, Valentino reached out with all he had left to reach his law thru the cage bars to find someone to help him live. This despite his eyes were unable to open and search for help. Bravo to those who saw and felt the love in him and the desire to be loved. He looks magnificent now! God bless him and his rescuers!

  12. I have followed Valentino’s story from the start and love seeing his pictures. He has come a long way. I’m so glad he has a good home. The only better place would be here with me! Love me some Valentino!!

  13. Had a similar situation, fed a stray every day & would pet him for a while each night. Omalley, (the grandkids named him) bit me one day and was caught and taken by animal control. We told them RE would adopt him after quarantine. He got really sick at the pound and they were going to put him down. We argued and finally they let us “foster” him. He went right to the overnight vet who said he may not make it. Picked him up 7 am went to our vet and he and the staff nursed him back to where we could take Omally home after 14 days in intensive care and a week after. He had to go in our pool bath since we had 2 other strays. I went in 4 times a day fed him then hold and talk to him for about an hour each time. After 2 weeks of isolation he came into the house. Best cat ever and ever and never leaves my side. Stays between me and anyone who comes in the house. My guardian angel.

  14. What truly beautiful ❤️ warming story , so happy for happy Valentino ❤️🐾🐾 🐈

  15. Too many kitties like this little, or not so little one now. My boys are both rescues. Don’t buy, rescue. Mine had cat flu and cungivivites when I took them on. Both big beautiful love babies now

  16. Bless you all ! Can’t even imagine getting from “point A to point B”, and YOU ALL DID IT ! I guess it really does take a village. Happy Life Valentino !

  17. Such a beautiful story, thank you to all the wonderful people that care enough to help and love animals in need. I love animals and this touched my heart. Sarcoptic Mange is just a miserable thing, nasty little critters!

  18. I’m so glad that Valentino was rescued and found a Loving and Forever Home. This story makes me wonder how many other cats that are suffering from mange don’t get rescued. Maybe more people should help these poor Kitties.

  19. Such a touching wonderful story. I am so glad there are people out there with big hearts that save animals in desperate need of help such as this little kitten …

  20. So many times, the “throw aways” in life are the diamonds in the raw. Thank goodness this was recognized in Valentino and he was loved despite his outward appearance! Too bad more people don’t recognize this, both in animals and people. Be blessed!

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