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Smart Living Cat walked 12 miles to get back to his family, and they tried to euthanize him

16:36  20 april  2018
16:36  20 april  2018 Source:   today.com

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After Toby the cat walked 12 miles to get back to the place he thought was home, his original family took him to a county shelter and requested that he be euthanized . Luckily for the 7-year-old Maine coon mix, the shelter, not wanting to euthanize a seemingly healthy cat

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After walking 12 miles to get back to the place he thought was home, Toby the cat's original family took him to a county shelter and requested that he be euthanized.

Luckily for the 7-year-old Maine coon mix, the shelter, not wanting to euthanize a seemingly healthy cat, contacted the SPCA of Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina, for help. "The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family," the nonprofit wrote on Facebook. "Of course we said YES!"

Cat walked 12 miles home only to find family wanted to euthanize himToby walked 12 miles to his old home.© TODAY, image courtesy of merchant website Cat walked 12 miles home only to find family wanted to euthanize himToby walked 12 miles to his old home.

According to Tara Lynn, SPCA of Wake County communications manager, Toby's former owners tried to give him away to another household, but the strong-willed feline found his way back to them.

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Hero attacked by cat after trying to rescue her from a tree. Putting one paw in front of the other, Toby the cat managed to walk 12 miles back to where his old owners lived after “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him ,” explained the SPCA

This cat walked 12 miles to get back to a family that didn't want him. They still don't. But Toby missed them and walked 12 miles back to his home. When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak. The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him

"It's a hard concept for me to understand: somebody asking that a pet be euthanized," Lynn told TODAY.

Although it's unclear why his original family had such a strong request for the county shelter, Lynn said the shelter told the SPCA that Toby struggled to get along with the family's other cats. Toby also has feline immunodeficiency virus. Lynn speculated this condition could have been another motive for the family's decision.

Cat walked 12 miles to be with his original family, who wanted to euthanize himToby naps in his new home.© SPCA of Wake County Cat walked 12 miles to be with his original family, who wanted to euthanize himToby naps in his new home.

FIV behaves very similarly to HIV, weakening the immune system and therefore making the cat more susceptible to illness. However, Lynn said that with proper medical treatment, FIV-positive cats can live out healthy, happy lives.

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When Toby the cat 's family no longer wanted him, they gave him to another family . But Toby missed them , and walked 12 miles back to his home.

His former family asked a local animal shelter to euthanize him . Things are looking up for a North Carolina cat who walked 12 miles to get back to his former home, only to have his owners surrender him to an animal shelter and ask that he be euthanized .

After 45 days at the SPCA of Wake County, Toby finally found his fur-ever home. He was adopted by local resident Michele Puckett and her two children on April 13.

TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby loves his new mom!© SPCA of Wake County TODAY, product courtesy of merchant siteToby loves his new mom!

Puckett first heard Toby's heartbreaking story from her sister in New Hampshire who read about him through celebrity animal activist Beth Stern's Instagram account.

"North Carolina friends: Ok sorry to be Debbie Downer but this just about killed me," Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern, wrote in the caption to her 416,000 followers. "He still needs a home as he's at the shelter - a home with someone who will not only love him, but guard him as he'd likely try to get 'home' again."

Toby the cat walked 12 miles home only to find out his family wanted to euthanize himToby © Will Anzenberger Toby the cat walked 12 miles home only to find out his family wanted to euthanize himToby "became a volunteer favorite pretty quickly," Lynn told TODAY.

"I think there was actually some debate in the family about which of the three sisters was actually going to keep Toby," joked Lynn.

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A cat whose story went viral when his original family asked for him to be put down after he walked 12 miles from his new home to join them , has been placed with a new family .

After his family gave him to another family , the 7-year-old cat walked back to them — a whopping 12 miles . "When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak. The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him

Toby's adoptive family is already embracing him with open hearts (and paws). They even made him an Instagram account to document all the family fun, and it already has more than 16,000 followers. According to Lynn, Puckett said, "It's like he's always been here."

The SPCA of Wake County is holding its 2018 K9-3K Dog Walk & Woofstock on May 6 to take a stand for homeless pets and help thousands of other animals in need. They're hoping that Toby's inspiring story encourages locals to participate.

"Toby's story is very special. It's resonated with a lot of people," Lynn said. "There are a lot of Tobys out there. That's why we're asking people to walk or donate or get involved with their local rescue. We can't save them all unless we have the resources to do so.

"With people's support, we were able to say, 'Yes, we can save Toby.' There are many more animals that have been abandoned, neglected and need our help."

—Hilary Sheinbaum contributed to this story.

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