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.
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!