Without the compassion and kindness of those who care for cats in difficult circumstances, many felines in shelters or roaming the streets would never have the chance to find a happy ending. One such lucky cat is Milton Longcat, a beautiful Siamese kitty who had a tough start in life. Fortunately, fate smiled upon him in the form of a couple who devote their time to helping cats like him.
Milton’s owner, Dan, got in touch with me to share his pet’s story, which touched my heart. I believe it will do the same for you once you read it. With Dan’s permission, I’m sharing the tale of Milton’s happily-ever-after, so keep a tissue handy and read on. I assure you that it will bring a smile to your face, particularly if you’re someone who has a soft spot for homeless cats.
Dan’s account of Milton’s journey:
My wife and I are active volunteers at a local animal shelter. We wanted to extend our help by fostering a cat, in addition to our five lovely pets. We completed the necessary training and reached out to the foster coordinator. A week later, we received an offer to foster Milton, who needed medical attention.
Milton is a stunningly marked lynx point Siamese cat with a tragic past. Prior to his arrival at the shelter, he had been through a lot. He was hit by a car, attacked by a large animal, and even shot with a BB gun. Unfortunately, these incidents had taken a toll on his health. Upon examination, we found out that Milton was about seven years old, FIV positive, and had heartworm and mycoplasma. It was heartbreaking to know that this beautiful creature had suffered so much.
Without hesitation, we accepted the offer as our shelter has active adoption programs for FIV+ and FeLV+ cats. We were well-informed about FIV and felt prepared to take care of Milton in my office, which became his designated safe space. As soon as we opened his carrier, Milton’s affectionate personality shone through as he head-butted my hands and eagerly purred while being petted. It did not take long for him to learn how to open the door to his safe room. We first found out when we heard his distinct meow coming from the hallway, where he was peacefully sniffing around with our senior cats. Seeing how well they got along, we decided to let Milton explore freely. As he wandered around the house, he would sing loudly until he encountered one of our cats who would hiss at him. In response, he would change his song to something like “Why the hiss? We’re friends!” before resuming his regular tune. But the most surprising thing was how quickly he bonded with Fred, our two-year-old former stray.
Milton and Fred are two inseparable friends, despite their vastly different personalities. While Fred is incredibly timid due to being abandoned and living on the streets, Milton has a confident and outgoing demeanor. They often playfully race down the hallways together, creating quite a ruckus. Shortly after arriving at their new home, Milton developed an abscess on his paw that required frequent visits to the vet clinic. To make the trips more comfortable for him, Milton’s owner created a custom harness and walking jacket in a beautiful blue shade that matched his eyes. Milton was proud to wear it and strutted into each visit as if he owned the place, receiving plenty of attention and affection from the staff.
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For a couple of weeks, we were known as Milton’s foster family until we realized we couldn’t bear to part with him. Adopting him was the obvious choice. Nowadays, he shares our bed and is a beloved member of our family. Although he suffers from abscesses (which we assume are related to his FIV), he’s generally healthy and incredibly affectionate. We’re committed to providing Milton (as well as our other pets) with the happiest and healthiest life imaginable.
I want to express my gratitude towards Dan and his wife, Nancy, for granting me permission to narrate Milton’s inspiring story. Their efforts towards the welfare of our feline companions are commendable, and it’s because of such kind-hearted individuals that cats can lead a better life.
If you think someone would appreciate reading about Milton’s uplifting journey, feel free to share this story with them. We all need more heartwarming tales like Milton’s to brighten up our days.
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