Meet BenBen – a beautiful cat that coincidentally has the saddest face in the world. He had given up hope on being adopted, until a kind couple came into his life. And just in an hour, everything changed.

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BenBen came to the shelter with a crushed spine, numerous lacerations, and a cauliflower ear. He had had a hard time fending for himself out in the wild.

“It appears he was attacked by a large animal… His face permanently looks sad because he has a lot of excess skin on the face, and no one knows why,” BenBen’s new owner says.

The shelter cared for him until he was adopted by a family. But sadly, the family returned him due to his medical needs.

“At that point he was deemed ‘un-adoptable’. The vets said he’d never walk and he’d be on pain meds for the rest of his life.”

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The shelter decided to put him up for euthanasia.

But thankfully, an affectionate woman who works for an ER vet clinic learned about the ginger tomcat and knew she had to save him.

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Since the cat didn’t have much time left, she and her boyfriend went to the shelter and adopted him.

“We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home.”

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The shelter informed them how BenBen wouldn’t eat, drink, or even move while he was there. “Almost as if ‘he knew he was going to die and had just given up hope’.”

But his personality changed as soon as they brought him out.

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“When we first brought him home we brought him into the bathroom to give him a moment to adjust to our other cats,” the couple says.

“We sat down with him for about an hour and he was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you’ cuddles.”

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“I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.”

“It only took about an hour for him to start getting curious about his surroundings.”

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BenBen is now a totally different kitty.

He acts as a tiny supervisor in his new house, always keen to know what his humans eat during every meal.

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“And even though the vets said he would never walk again he was determined to prove them wrong.”

BenBen can not only walk, but he can run and even jump small distances!

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“He’s doing so well! No one who knew him before can believe he’s turned out so awesome.”

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Almost nine months have passed since BenBen was rescued. He still has a sad face, but deep down he is happy!

“We’re so proud of this little monster.”

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