All animals need affection. They require frequent petting and cuddles. Those strays rescued off the streets with medical issues deserve all the love as any other cat or dog. Some illnesses though can be transferred from animals to people. Even at the most caring of shelters, staff and volunteers are reluctant to handle every cat or dog.
One cat named Valentino contracted sarcoptic mange which can be transferred to humans. Valentino was being held at a Los Angeles animal shelter. The poor kitty was a sad, pathetic sight. He remained in his cage, his eyes closed, whimpering and crying.
But soon, someone would respond to his pleas for help: “He reached out with his little paw and made the tiniest meow,” Elaine Seamans, founder of the At-Choo Foundation, told The Dodo at the time. “It was like he was screaming without verbalizing it: ‘Please help me.’”
Despite this type of rash being contagious, Seamans didn’t hesitate to lift him from his cage and hold him. Her love went viral in the video:
“When I picked him up, he put his little head on my shoulder,” Seamans said. “That was it. I had to get him out.”
Seamans reached out to Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind. He agreed to find Valentino a home once he made a full recovery: “There are times when it’s not an option to keep walking,” Seamans said. “You just have to stop. This was one of those times.”
Will you be his Valentine ? <3 Valentino will be in need of a local foster in the Los Angeles, Ca and surrounding areas. Please e mail firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Monday! Look who wants to say hello ❤️ Pictures and update to follow ❤️ His eyes are slowly starting to open ❤️ He has a long way to go and it is so heart breaking to watch him however each new day brings small improvements ❤️ Tiny steps Valentino, you are getting better and stronger with tiny steps and we are right here with you ❤️ All he wants is love <3
Posted by Leave No Paws Behind, Inc. on Monday, February 13, 2017
Valentino was a little fighter. He battled and beat his illness. He finally opened his eyes. Looking around, he discovered all the kind humans who weren’t giving up on him. They were determined to give him a happy ending. Thankfully, he wouldn’t need to wait long.
Valentino was eventually ready to be sent to a foster home. Los Angeles resident, Tania Menjivar had seen the sorry video of Valentino crying in his cage. Oddly enough, she wasn’t known for being a cat lover, even though she’d taken in an older cat thought near death. Kitty, the cat, lived in her care for five years before passing away.
“When I saw Valentino crying in his cage in the video, I was like, I need to foster this cat,” Menjivar told The Dodo.
Just five weeks after moving into his foster home, Valentino was formally adopted by his new human friend, Menjivar. The rest, as the old saying goes, is history.
“Valentino is doing AMAZING today,” Frank Wisneski, VP of operations for Leave No Paws Behind, who recently visited Valentino for a photo shoot for his rescue anniversary, told The Dodo.
Menjivar noticed Valentino fears nothing. The 3-year-old kitty loves other animals, particularly dogs. He enjoys his perch on the window sill. And he likes rolling about on the front stoop.
“He’s spoiled rotten, and a little chubby,” Menjivar said, adding he’s quite the foodie. “He wakes me up at 6 in the morning for food — we snuggle for about a half hour, and then I feed him … He loves it.”
For what he’s been through, I say Valentino should be spoiled.