A foster volunteer from Virginia named Debbie received a call from her coworker about a homeless cat. "She asked if I could help with a homeless neighborhood cat that she has been feeding. Of course, I said, 'yes,'" Debbie told the reporters.
A cat named Ragdoll was left behind by his own family. They have sold the house and moved out but without the cat. He had no choice but to start roaming the streets, going from one house to another, searching for shelter and food. Finally, he reached a house of a kind woman who wanted to help him.
"He has been outside to fend for himself since the fall. Here in Virginia, the winters are very cold, so luckily, he found shelter in my coworker's home."
Unfortunately, her husband is allergic, so she converted her garage into a short-term home for the cat and provided everything he needed to feel comfortable.
"He had a bed, heat lamp and water and food bowls. The cat followed her around like a puppy and he even liked to hang out with her pug dog."
She thought that the cat could use more human contact, so she called Debbie for help.
Debbie picked him up and welcomed him in with much kindness. "He is absolutely magnificent. His temperament is very sweet and docile, and he is confidently walking around like he owns the place already," Debbie said.
The cat seems very pleased to have a roof over his head and warm laps to lie on. He doesn’t walk far away from his foster parents because he is fed up with being alone.
"He is such a love bucket, a totally gentle giant. I named him Valentino since Valentine's Day is approaching (and he's such a lover)," Debbie says.
Roaming the streets had some consequences. He had an upper respiratory infection and had some tangled fur on his coat.
"I made a vet appointment to get an exam, blood test, vaccinations, and grooming."
The vet estimation was that he is 2-3 years old. They eliminated the tangled areas and started him on an antibiotic for the cold.
"He greeted and rubbed on everyone and just purred away. The staff gushed over him!"
Valentino cuddled with everyone he met at the clinic and even tried to "help” them while they were working on the computer.
They’ve chosen the right name for him.
The kind-hearted neighbor took the cat off the streets so he could provide a better life for him.
"He deserves a happy life and I'll make sure he gets it!"
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