A cat stepped out of the bushes when he found someone who wouldn’t give up on him.
Last year, Donna, an Ohio-based animal rescuer, spotted an elusive orange tabby in the cat colony that she cares for. He appeared to be “feral”, but something told her to keep trying to get to know him.
After months of gaining his trust, the cat began to warm up to Donna as he realized she meant good. The cat likely had been abandoned for quite some time, and adopted “feral” behavior as a defense mechanism.
“For their safety, cats like him have to go in that mode,” Donna told us.
Donna came back with a carrier one day, in hopes of getting the cat off the streets. When she called out his name, Ollie (aka Oliver), he emerged from the bushes and made a beeline to her.
He greeted Donna with head bumps and happily received some back scratches. He then let her pick him up and place him in the carrier without a fuss.
Oliver was pleased with his new living arrangements – a quiet, comfy room complete with amenities and food. “He is a grateful, loving little ginger boy.”
After getting neutered and vetted, Oliver quickly found a home, but it turned out to be the wrong fit. He was returned two days later by no fault of his own. Little did they know that this was a blessing in disguise.
Donna was determined to find the right family for Oliver. She thought, “certainly, his forever home is out there.”
A few days later, she noticed that Oliver’s left eye started watering a bit. She took him to the vet for a wellness check, and discovered that he also had bad teeth and gum issues.