Last year, a charity based in Houston, Texas, shared the heartbreaking story of Samuel. The two-year-old cat had spent basically all of his life locked inside a cat carrier and suffered immensely as a result. Thanks to the help of a special rescue organization and his loving home, this special guy is barely recognizable!

Here’s the original post from Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue:

As most know, Save A Purrfect Cat Rescue is not a shelter. It is a foster-based rescue, and the majority of the cats who pass through on the way to their permanent families are brought in by people who have found them, and who care for them until they are adopted. But there are occasions when SAPCR hears of cats in situations that cannot be ignored, and who we have to help, even if that means scrambling to find someone to foster them. Samuel, the second cat in our 12 days of Christmas, is one of those.

Samuel was brought into BARC, the city of Houston’s shelter, from a hoarding situation. He was found living in a cat carrier; it was estimated he was at least two years old, and it seemed likely most of his life had been confined to that carrier. He was emaciated, weak, and uncertain on his legs. And at BARC, he was scheduled for euthanasia.

Luckily, SAPCR was notified, and Samuel went from death row to a veterinarian’s office. His fur was yellow due to lying in his own urine. He had mange. He had burns from sleeping in his own excrement. He was basically bones with a loose covering of skin. He was taken to Central Houston Animal Hospital where Dr. Lucy Faulkner did his exam and started his treatment. Thankfully, two of SAPCR’s benefactors agreed to cover his medical costs.

And then a skilled vet tech at Houston Cat Hospital, Leslie Raines, agreed to foster him in her home. It was a slow recovery. Samuel had to learn to walk again, and trust people again, and not be afraid of other cats, all of which is an ongoing process. But it is a process that has resulted in a purring, filled-out long-haired boy who likes to be held, and likes to watch kittens play, perhaps wondering why he was never given the chance to do the same. 

We are so happy to report that Samuel has found his forever home with a man named Bryan. He lost his 13-year-old cat to cancer and was looking for a new furry companion to love. We wish them both all the best!

Can you believe Samuel’s miraculous transformation?