November 26, 2020

The ‘Saddest’ Stray Cat Finally Found His Forever Home

Six-year-old cat Mister Bruce Willis has had a hard life. He spent those six years of his life in the streets lonely, injured, and unloved.

Due to that, Bruce has has significant health issues including an eye injury, chipped teeth feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and scars around his eyes which make him look sad.He looked as if the struggles of being a stray cat roaming the streets for years were written in his eyes. Thankfully, the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota took Bruce into their shelter so he could find a home.

He looked as if the struggles of being a stray cat roaming the streets for years were written in his eyes. It took him years to finally find a loving owner—Sandra, who, ironically, also had to go through quite a few obstacles to bring him home, be use her landlord had a no pet policy for her apartment, but finally, she convinced him to let her keep the cat. Mr. Willis has now found the human that is willing to care for him in every way — he went from the “saddest” to the “happiest” cat.

Check out Mister Willis’ full story below!

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Bruce Willis was wandering the streets for years until at around 6 years old, he was rescued by the local humane society

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The AHS shelter knew it wouldn’t be long before Mr. Willis was adopted. He was such an affectionate and caring cat. He purred constantly and so loudly whenever he was being cuddled.

“Bruce is the sweetest and most affectionate boy around. All cheeks and love, he will brighten every day you spend with him,” the shelter wrote.

While he was in pretty bad shape, people around the state fell in love with him after the shelter’s Facebook post described his loud purring any time someone picked him up. It was clear this little guy was a lover at heart and just needed a real owner to take him in and care for him.

He had battle scars, an eye injury, chipped teeth, and was FIV positive, which led to catching a cold and upper respiratory infection at the shelter

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A woman named Sandra saw his photo online on August 8th – International Cat Day – and even though she knew her apartment complex wouldn’t allow pets, she was determined to go and say hello.

“When I saw his picture, it just spoke to my heart,” she told Love Meow.

Meeting him in person was heart-wrenching. Sandra posted a photo of Mr. Willis from his cage with the caption:

“I looked even sadder in real life than in the picture. A dog walked by and I got so scared, but I didn’t have any energy to even move.”

But the most heartbreaking thing about him was the saddest look in his eyes Image credits: mrwillisthecat

Sandra went home that day, heartbroken. She hoped a good family would snatch him up soon but couldn’t stop checking for him on the website every day. When she learned that he was down with an upper respiratory infection, she went to visit him, and kept going back to see him.

After a month, Bruce still hadn’t found a home. Sandra knew it was meant to be.

She convinced her landlord to make an exception to her apartment’s “no pets” rule. “I sent a picture of him to my landlord (how can you say no to those eyes) and I got permission to get him!”

The weeks passed by and he was still at the shelter, so they labeled him as a “forget me not”

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Bruce finally had his dream come true. Within a minute, he lied down on the floor at his new abode and started purring, stretching his paws as if he knew he was home.

“He didn’t stop purring all night. Since that day, he’s been following me around no matter where I go,” Sandra told Love Meow.

It took a few days for Bruce to get used to all the new things around him and to realize he no longer had to fight for food and fend for himself. Now, he has a human to love and protect, and the tabby boy is the happiest he’s ever been.

Watch Bruce’s journey to forever home in this video:

“He came into the bathroom when I was showering one day, and looked at me and started meowing as if he was trying to call for help to rescue me from the water,” Sandra said.

As soon as Sandra sits down on the couch, Bruce comes running and cuddles right up to her.

He is an expert purrer. When his motor goes off, it reverberates throughout the room. At the vet, he was purring so loud that the doctor couldn’t hear his heartbeat.

Until one day, Sandra, who had no intentions of getting a cat, saw him in an Instagram post and her heart sank

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He wakes up next to his human mom every morning and goes to bed curled up, purring in her arms at night.

After years wandering the streets, Bruce is now living the good, joyous life he always wanted.

She convinced her landlord with a “no pets” rule that Mister Willis was worth making an exception, and their lives changed forever

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According to the RSPCA, FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a viral infection that affects cats. It causes affected animals to have a weaker immune system in comparison to non-FIV positive cats. FIV initially results in a short-lived illness which is often not noticed by a cat’s owner. Cats then enter a stage of progressive immune system decline but many remain without symptoms of the disease for many years. In fact, research indicates that FIV cats may have a similar life expectancy to uninfected cats. Whilst these cats may be prone to a variety of common diseases, there are no symptoms that are specific for FIV cats. An FIV positive cat may be more prone to chronic respiratory infections, skin problems, mouth inflammation and certain types of tumors but there is no definitive rule

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The first night at home, he wouldn’t stop purring

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It’s been a year since Mister Willis found his furrever home, and he’s transformed unrecognizably

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