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Ben Is — No — Was The Saddest Cat In The World

Ginger tabby Ben was spared from euthanasia and turned his life around in a loving home.

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From sad to glad. Via benbencatcat/reddit

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 “Even though he was broken and had a poor prognosis we knew he deserved a second chance!”

Sitting in the BCSPCA waiting for someone to take me home… But no one wanted to.

A photo posted by BenBen (@benbencatcat) on

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.

Mom caught me playing in her shoes!!!!!!

A photo posted by BenBen (@benbencatcat) on

“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.”

Dis is my favourite toy in the whole world! My obese pony!

A photo posted by BenBen (@benbencatcat) on

“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.

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  • Thank you for loving him, for giving him a chance, he’s beautiful xx

    Jacqueline Huggins November 18, 2016 11:09 am Reply
  • I am so happy to see Ben become who he was meant to be. I treat my pets like little people. We don’t communicate the same, but I think we understand each other. I know the feelings are the same. This has made my day. People who torture animals need to pay severely for their crime. Thank you.

    Carollee November 19, 2016 4:43 am Reply
  • GOD bless you and all who help truly care for and love all animals! xoxo

    dan November 19, 2016 10:30 am Reply
  • So happy for you and Ben. Adoption is the only ethical way to go.
    Every pet I’ve had in my adult life has been adopted from shelters, and I wouldn’t have it any other way

    Anne Watson November 19, 2016 5:14 pm Reply
  • Yahoo

    Anne November 19, 2016 5:17 pm Reply
  • Ooohhhhh i saw Benben 1st story that he was adopted and with notation that he cant be able to walk again .. and now when i saw this clip that Ben is walking and even running its so amazing how love changes everything!!! i am so happy to this sad cat turns out to be a well loved & a happy cat!!! God bless your human mommy Benben.

    Ribbonette Co November 20, 2016 4:10 pm Reply
  • Every sweet creature deserves a second chance you are a beautiful person to give him that xx

    Colleen morgan November 20, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • God Bless you for taking this poor broken cat into your lives and giving him love – love that has made him whole again and living the kind of life that a cat should have. Great job!

    Debbie Brunelle November 22, 2016 7:25 am Reply
  • This is really wonderful. You are a loving soul and we can only wish that your story will bring out the best in all of us. Love Ben. Hope he lives a long, happy life with you.

    margo November 22, 2016 8:06 am Reply
  • I salute you for adopting this kitten. He is so cute! You are truly God’s angels!

    Jean A Ray November 22, 2016 8:50 am Reply
  • I am glad you got a good home.

    Stephannie Burlew November 22, 2016 9:27 am Reply
  • Ben is so lucky to have found a great home, full of love and lots of toys and space. What a remarkable cat. Love you Ben.

    Joyce November 22, 2016 11:19 am Reply
  • He is beautiful! He no longer looks sad but happy!

    Ruby Nelson November 22, 2016 11:36 am Reply
  • I think BenBen looked so sad because he just gave up. You can see the difference in the pictures where “mo one wanted him” to the next one where he was “caught” with the shoes ツ Same injuries, but totally different expression. This shows what love and kindness, and a bit of time, can accomplish ♥♥♥ Sandra and her family are just as beautiful as BenBen.
    And I wuv BenBen’s teefies.
    Onion thing going here – gotta go.

    KatWrangler November 22, 2016 3:26 pm Reply
  • What a great story! Great forever home! Great cat! Never underestimate the power of love.

    AnnieLaurie Burke November 22, 2016 7:36 pm Reply
  • You are a awesome person to take in this sad broken kittie! I’m so happy for him an how much he has improved! This is just amazing an awesome! God bless you!

    Cynthia November 25, 2016 8:51 pm Reply

    I would of done the same thing. My heart went out to this cat and what he has been through. I also have an orange and white tabby. He is my best friend who gives a lot of unconditional love. People could learn from cats.

    Julie November 26, 2016 9:29 pm Reply
  • Thank you so much for saving him. What a wonderful story!

    Sylvia December 14, 2016 8:58 pm Reply

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