Fate wasn’t always kind to Scrubbles the cat, but finally, things are looking good for him. He spent six and half years bringing joy to staff at the Sequoia Humane Society (SHS), a no-kill shelter in Eureka, California. But despite his lovable nature, Scrubbles just couldn’t get adopted until two humans came to take him home.
Meet the shelter’s longest resident!
Scrubbles is a victim of some people’s heartlessness. When he was just a kitten, someone put him in a paper bag and threw him in the dumpster. He arrived at the shelter on July 1, 2010 in a bad condition. Scrubbles was malnourished, emaciated, dehydrated and had severe respiratory and eye infection. One of his eyes is blind. Scrubbles has since recovered, but due to the virus he contracted, he still has episodes of chronic congestion.
During his time at the SHS, the shelter’s longest resident learned how to walk with a harness on. That would make it easy for staff to take him to daily walks. There was no shortage of treats and toys – and most of all, attention for Scrubbles. However, nothing beats having a family and home of your own.
SHS staff start to fear for Scrubbles’ future, considering he is the longest resident they have. But fate has been kind after all. Cassie Roney saw Scrubbles and read about his story on a Facebook post by the shelter. Cassie decided to go and meet Scrubbles and that is where the happy story began.
Cassie and husband Nick have a 10-acre property. Not only did Scrubbles gain a new home and a mom and dad but he also shared the love with his two siblings, the Roneys’ rescue dog, Taco and Echo.
Taco is a Rat Terrier and is already 17 years old while Echo is a mix of Rhodesian Ridgeback and a Boxer, who suffers from seizures. The great thing about Scrubbles is that he is used to being around with dogs.
On Feb. 3, 2017, Scrubbles, known as the cat nobody wanted, finally moved into his new home. He waited almost seven years for this moment and because of that, shelter staff assumed that the Roneys may need to extend their patience and allow the cat to adjust.
However, Cassie didn’t have any challenge when it comes to adjustments. Scrubbles simply made himself comfortable in his new home, exploring all the rooms casually.
As for the rescue dogs, both are happy to have Scrubbles around. According to Cassie, who told Times Standard News Echo is rather “obsessed” with the new family member that she would follow him around wherever he goes.
It’s a great thing SHS never gave up on its longest resident, Scrubbles. But it’s more awesome when the Roneys stepped in to help a cat that was once unnoticed.
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H/T to Times Standard News