Almost Lifeless Cat Who Found a Second Chance Marks 2nd Rescue-sary

When animals are in danger, they don’t have the voice to call out for help. But thanks to this woman who is an emergency responder. She’s sharing the amazing rescue story of a cat who found a second chance.

Cat Who Found a Second Chance

Hi. My name is Benben. My mom named me after 711 because that’s where we first met. I always capture the hearts of many over the internet but not all really know my rescue story. It took one brave woman with the purest of hearts to give me a second chance in life. I am celebrating my second rescue-sary (2nd year) this month. If you haven’t heard about me, my mom is gonna tell you my inspiring rescue story. I was just an almost lifeless cat back then who found a second chance.

Story of a Cat Who Found a Second Chance

It was Saturday around 1 in the afternoon when I saw a post from Saving Strays Cebu. Saving Strays Cebu is an instrument of HOPE for unfortunate stray animals through evoking community participation to care for helpless animals in Cebu. In a place nearby, a cat was found in an extremely poor condition, covered in mud and couldn’t even stand up. The fact that he’s been there for three days without any help meant he’s fighting for his life. Passerby’s are afraid to help because he was showing aggression.

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I read comments from that post saying the cat was already dead. A reporter even said he’s no longer moving. Who would have the energy to move after three days of lying there helpless? My husband and I immediately rushed to the place after his work. At 4 PM the same day, we found the almost-lifeless cat beside the road. When we tried to approach him, he’s not actually aggressive contrary to what the reporter said. He’s just afraid. It’s completely different although fear awakens aggression if not handled properly.

What puzzled me until now is of all people who went and checked the cat, why did they declare that he was already dead? Sometimes, people quickly arrive at conclusions without trying to do everything they can do.

My husband carried and held him in his arms, and the cat completely surrendered to our help. He knew at that moment he’s in good hands. With the help of some kind-hearted people, funds were raised to admit BenBen to the animal hospital.

There’s no giving up…

Benben spent about a week in the hospital. The first few days were critical. He refused to eat. Every time the vet assisted him to stand up, he would shout like he’s in pain. However, his body temperature was improving the next day. Still, he had no appetite though he’s drinking water, thank God!

Me and my loving husband

We offered everything, but he still refused every single time until he was given his favorite food. Can you guess what? It’s tinolang isda (Fish in gingered chicken soup). Benben regained his appetite and I continued to visit him every day after work. His body temperature still fluctuated the first few days due to bacterial infection. His temperature was normalized on the 7th day and was advised to be discharged.

No one volunteered to foster Benben. So, I did the honor although I didn’t have any plan of having another cat. But, who could resist a cat who fights for his life?

Benben continued to make progress…

Benben couldn’t even carry himself. So me and my other cats shared the responsibility to take care and entertain Benben throughout his healing process.

My husband and I felt good about adopting Benben. Today, Benben is becoming more and more acclimated to being just another member of the family. Looking back to the time when he was too helpless, I could say that the reward of him being healthy now is all worth it.

My cats kind of teach him how to be normal again, and they also give him confidence. He follows the other cats on what to do, and he’s really smart and a quick learner. I’ve got him house broken already with the help of Munchkin, my first cat.


Meowmy and I won during Furrenting 101’s SMILE CONTEST.
I’m so cute, I know!

Thank you so much!

The connection between me and Benben is something I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Contributor: Edah Villamor

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Julia D. Stege
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Wow you and your husband are saints. This article was very touching. I am sad that nobody else wanted to help this poor cat, but obviously waiting those 3 days for you was meant to be, because now he has a great home and is looking wonderful!

joy
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happy almost 2 years! what a miracle. thank you for sharing. my sweet dog was rescued from a slaughterhouse so i applaud you for helping rescue your cat.

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Stacie
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This restores my faith in humanity. This story touches me on such a deep level. You’ve given that cat such a great gift. <3

Colleen
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This is such an amazing story! I love that you did such an amazingly kind thing.

Ina Shinoda
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Ina Shinoda

Thank you for giving Bem Bem a chance to live.

Sara | mshealthesteem.com
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I am so glad this cat found your family. Thank goodness! You guys are saints ♡.

Christy
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Great story of second chances.

Erin
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This post made my heart so happy! We have two rescue cats and they are 13!!!

Nyxie
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What a beautiful story. I’m so glad this kitty found a home. We rescued our cat from a life on the streets and we never looked back!

Cyndi Buchanan
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It makes my heart so happy that you saved his life. I’m so glad you gave this kitty such a loving home.

emman damian
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Oh wow! Your cat is so healthy now! I love the monthsary cake. So cute!

Deborah Butler
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What an amazing story and how incredible that he found you guys. He is a very lucky boy and I love his name, too! Benben – it suits him!

Steph S
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Wow what a comeback! Amazing what you did for that cat! Poor thing would have died!

Ashli Ferguson
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I LOVE stories like this – thank you for helping that wonderful baby!!!

Searcy
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Searcy

Aw what a sad and touching story. I’m glad that kitty was able to find a forever home with you and your husband.

Roman
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Awesome story. I like most of animals more than people.

Mira
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I don’t know what to say ! You really are a great person! more people should learn from you! thanks for sharing this !
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Kiwi
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OMG the initial images of the cat broke my heart. What a beautiful couple you are to rescue so that is such a beautiful thing!

Alessia
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Alessia

Thank you guys for what you do! <3 He is sooooo lovely. How can people do such things! :'(

Lyka
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Wow. I adore you for being so kind to animals. Amazing story it is.

Krysten Quiles
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This is absolutely amazing. Rescue can do so many great things. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

Amber Myers
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What a great story! I am so glad this kitty is okay. I just love cats. It’s wonderful when people step in and help. We feed the stray cats in the neighborhood and put out a small shelter for them when it’s cold out.

Cris
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Oh, poor kitty. I am so happy that she is ok, and that you are such wonderful people!

Vasundhra
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Vasundhra

OH my! This is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. Thank you for sharing this story – faith in humanity restored 🙂

GiGi Eats
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Cats truly do have 9 lives 😉

Melanie williams
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Melanie williams

Oh my what an amazing story. so sad and at least this has a good ending and the cat is healthy and doing well xx

Play2WinApps
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good job. not everyone or creature gets a second chance…

Tara Pittman
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That is one lucky cat. You have such a kind heart for animals

Jessica Joachim
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What a heart touching story! That poor cat, so blessed to have y’all and looks so sweet and happy now!

Tiffany Grau
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Tiffany Grau

Ohhh, this made me cry. I have a friend who does rescue. The sight is never easy, but I am so thankful for people who love animals this much.

Marie Phillips
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He looks amazing! Thank you so much for caring and being willing to do what it takes.

Heather @ US Japan Fam
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What an amazing story!! Thank you for sharing, it’s lovely to see the good there is in the world!!

Surekha-dreamingloud.com
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Surekha-dreamingloud.com

That’s a nice story, thanks for sharing it. So glad to see how healthy BenBen looked now. God bless people like you

Ruth I
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Ruth I

Both of you have a kind heart. Not everyone will do this. I am glad to see how you saved that cat’s life.

Joanna
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Awww, poor soul! Who knows what happened to him before you found him. He looks so much better now, look how happy he is when he is surrounded by love.

Blairvillanueva
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Blairvillanueva

Cats are adorable pets and blessed him for having New loving family. Shame on those who maltreatment him.

fashionandstylepolice
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Amazing job you and your husband are doing. Well done guys! We need more saints like you both around.

Candace Hampton
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God bless your hearts! What a wonderful miracle!! This is such a touching article that it made me cry. I’m so happy that Benben found loving, caring and responsible cat-parents. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

Janay
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This is so beautiful and heart warming! A truly beautiful story! I loved reading this!

Mommy Sigrid
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Oh my gosh! that kitty is so lucky you have found him! tinolang isda ha. hahaha ang cute. nice job of rehabilitating the poor kitty. he’s so cute now!

Susan1375
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Susan1375

Shame no one came to help him but he is so lucky you did in the end!!

Martin
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SO sad to see any animal in this state. I love animals more than humans. Your amazing people for looking after this cat. Well done!

wanderlustbeautydreams
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Wow, what a story. Thanks for sharing it and your journey. Loved the cat cake, so cute!

Sonali
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Omg that’s so sad to hear about Ben Ben the poor cat. But you guys are awesome 👏 I must say. You both saved the cat gave him a new life home and everything. God bless you both and your family.

Amelia Pollock
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Amelia Pollock

Such a sad and really touching story. I’m glad you guys saved her life. This restores faith in humanity. God bless you.

Adventures with Shelby
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This is amazing! What an inspiring story