Ben didn’t have many prospects in life. He looked down, and not simply because excess skin on his face gave him sad cat eyes. The ginger tabby had a crushed spine, cauliflower ear and cuts on his body, and a label: unadoptable.
But the love of a happy home turned Ben’s life around, as the Instagram account benbencatcat shows. Ben was recently adopted from the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, where staff said he likely suffered a large animal attack and would never walk again.
“We adopted Ben because we instantly fell in love with his face,” Sandra, who preferred to use only her first name, told Petcha.com. “Even though he was broken and had a poor prognosis we knew he deserved a second chance!”
With Sandra’s kindness, his outlook has changed. Not only can Ben purr and play, but he rabbit kicks and goes on walks as well.
“Ben started to turn corners once he had a forever home,” Sandra told us. “It’s hard to get lots of one-on-one time when cats are in shelters and they are confined to kennels that can barely fit litter boxes let alone toys and room to move around.”
“Once he got to our place and had a whole apartment to stretch and toys to play with, we think that was a turning point for him,” Sandra said. “We never pushed him, we just continued his medication and let him decide when enough physical activity was enough.”
The final achievement came when Ben began to not walk, but run and even jump small distances. Photos of Ben walking outside on a leash or strolling the aisles of a pet store show that he’s become a very confident, capable cat.
His progress speaks to all the amazing potential that shelter cats have, and Sandra wants people to see that.
“We truly hope Ben’s story inspires others to adopt!” Sandra said.
It’s far cry from his unadoptable days. Things are really looking up for Ben the cat.
Want to help with Ben’s care and ensure that happy days are ahead? You can donate to his GoFundMe page here.