This cat was subject to horrible abuse and struggled to stay alive after being trapped in a backpack and thrown into the garbage. Thankfully, he was rescued and has since regained his health, happiness, and even trust in humans.
Last year, when a woman was taking out her garbage, she noticed a backpack and what she saw inside shocked her. Inside the partly opened backpack, was a sealed bag containing a still breathing, but sickly-looking cat. Astonished, she quickly called the Alberta Animal Services, a shelter and animal care center in the western province of Alberta, Canada.
The shelter sent the abandoned cat for emergency medical treatment. The poor cat was diagnosed with a broken pelvis, head trauma, blindness, and neurological problems due to appalling abuse. He was frail and terribly malnourished. Most seriously, he almost suffocated inside the backpack.
After learning of the cat’s plight on the news, Jennifer and her husband, James, responded to the animal shelter’s Facebook post and adopted him last July. Going through surgery and receiving a lot of care at the shelter, Hiro the cat, named after the television show “Heroes,” gradually recovered and settled down in his new home.
But for about six months, Hiro kicked and struggled during his sleep, seemingly suffering from nightmares. According to Jennifer, Hiro’s new owner, it was like “he was trying to get out of a bag.”
After surviving all that terrible abuse and going through all those nightmares, Hiro kept positive.
“He’s a fighter,” said Erica Coomber, Alberta Animal Services’ Director of Operations. He purrs and enjoys the affection he receives from the staff and vets who worked hard to restore his life, according to the animal center. “He loves everyone,” said Comber. “He’s an inspiration for sure.”
The couple now calls this courageous cat Hiro Stanley. Jennifer’s father, Stanley, was diagnosed with blood cancer 22 years ago. Despite being told he’ll only have another two years to live, he’s still alive and kicking two decades later. Jennifer said they are “both too stubborn” to be taken easily.
After one year of tender loving care, Hiro has regained his sight, has stopped kicking in his sleep and seems to be free of nightmares. He is now the feline leader of the couple’s three cats. Hiro is now enjoying a happy life with new owners who adore him, and is “feeling like a cat again.”