Sadly, there are still many stray cats and dogs roaming the streets. Many of them become feral when they become scared and untrusting of people and other animals. As it’s almost impossible to tame one, most people won’t approach them or will call animal control.
However, for this man, it does not matter how many scratches he gets from the cat he rescued.
A man passed by a feral cat that got its head stuck inside a can. The cat was probably struggling to lick some leftover canned food, and it unfortunately got itself caught in a potentially life-threatening situation. Luckily, this man took the poor cat inside his car and helped it get its head out of the can.
After removing the can, the cat started to hiss aggressively at his rescuer.
Instead of getting a purr of gratitude after saving the cat from its demise, he received a furious response. The cat tried to get out of the car but instantly realized that his escape paths were blocked. The cat then kept its distance from the man by sitting on one of the car’s headrests.
Seeing the wild cat, the rescuer thought hard about what his next step would be.
The man saw how the cautious cat showed its aggression against him no matter how calm his approach was. He was stumped and so he asked himself while filming the video,
“Should I let him free? Or, should I take him with me?”
Still stuck with no answers, he tried to open his car door to give a cat a choice – whether to stay or go back onto the cold street.
He counted ten seconds but the cat remained on the warm headrest. Since the cat gave him that answer, his only choice was to take the cat to the vet.
In the process of taking care of the feral cat, he was inflicted with a lot of bites and scratches. However, the kind rescuer never gave up on feeding the cat and trying to get it to trust him.
It only took five days until the cat finally showed appreciation to his rescuer. The cat let the man pet him and even rubbed his head against his hands without fear. It was a wonderful story of how the man turned this wild cat into a calm, loving animal.
The cat’s savior actually owns an animal shelter.
Theoklitos Proestakis, or famously known as Takis, was the cat’s rescuer from the featured video from The Dodo. He founded the Takis Shelter, a non-profit animal shelter that currently houses over 400 dogs. Their shelter is based at Crete Island in Greece, specifically in the town of Ierapetra.
Takis was once a disc jockey, but now, he rescues strays and takes care of them on a daily basis.
The Dodo also featured the story of Takis’ transition in another video titled, “Guy gives up everything to save stray dogs.” Takis shared that he doesn’t care that people think he’s ‘crazy.’ It doesn’t matter to him as doing this job is not only making him happy but also helping animals.
“The people, they think I’m crazy. But for me, when I see these dogs suffer from pain, they have a soul…so I want to help them. It makes me feel so good, ” Takis wrote on his website.
If you loved this wholesome video, show your heartfelt support to Takis and his animal shelter, by subscribing to his YouTube channel. Or, drop by to his website to set up for a small donation that will greatly help these rescued mutts and felines.
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