From Neglect to Affection: Shibby’s Remarkable Rescue and Recovery
Posted October 24, 2023 by: Admin
A charming feline sought to capture the attention of passersby, and after two years, his dream became a reality. Shibby, an exceptionally mellow cat, emerged from a home crowded with over 40 feline companions. Despite the harsh conditions, he displayed his affection by gently rubbing his head against those who came to his aid.
Ashley Anderson, from Hearthside Cats, tirelessly collaborated with five rescue organizations to secure the well-being of all the cats. “We offered to take in the cases with significant medical and behavioral needs, and that’s how Shibby came to us,” Ashley explained.
Shibby received immediate medical attention for his eyes, mouth, a facial wound, and stomach issues. Gratefully, the sweet feline expressed his appreciation by nuzzling up to Ashley, pressing his nose against her in a heartwarming gesture.
“He’s been through so much and never lost an ounce of his sweet nature.”
Shibby was born with microphthalmia, a condition resulting in underdeveloped and unusually small eyes. He underwent bilateral entropion surgery to correct the painful inward rolling of his eyelashes.
Following the procedure, Shibby visibly relaxed, showing his gratitude by rubbing his cheeks affectionately against his caregivers.
As he gradually recovered, Shibby underwent a transformation. His fur became soft and lustrous, and he exuded a genuinely sweet disposition. “He is exceptionally sweet, adores snuggles and playtime, and remains unperturbed by the presence of other cats, given his background in a multi-cat household.”
Wearing a warm and endearing smile daily, Shibby’s eyes reflected pools of affection. At the slightest touch, he melted into the embrace of his human companions, filling the room with his comforting purrs.
Shibby adored people and endeavored to capture their attention with his delightful temperament, willingly becoming their devoted shadow and the most charming companion.
“He moves at a leisurely pace, always trailing closely to be right by your side,” Ashley shared.
Even during visits to the vet, Shibby’s joy was palpable as he rubbed affectionately against the carrier when the door opened. His love was as boundless as the open sea.
Shibby’s playful spirit would occasionally ignite, and he would dart around the house with the vigor of a kitten. “He is playful, goofy, remarkably gentle and affectionate, and relishes the company of both humans and other cats.”
Over time, he observed numerous cats and kittens arriving and departing, his heart longing for a place to call his own.
Yet, his beautiful, soulful smile remained unwavering, even as weeks turned into months and months into years. He stood as “the last remaining boy from this rescue.”
Earlier this month, after two years of waiting, Shibby finally received the news he had been yearning for.
Julie and Greg, a couple, visited Shibby and instantly fell in love with the sweet feline
. Shibby approached Julie, planting adorable kisses on her cheek, as if he knew that they were there for him. His dream had finally come true.
“(This is) the part of rescue that makes it all worthwhile. Our sweet boy has finally found a loving family of his very own – the kind of love and life we always hoped he would find.”