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He turned up just before Thanksgiving. I thought he was a kitten, with a head too big for his body. Then the vet said he was between two and three and I realized he was just hungry. But he was affectionate and unafraid. Neighbours said he would sit on the porch all day while I was at work, and he was friendly when they approached to give him attention.

I fed him and built him a shelter while I looked for a new home for him. I already had two cats and felt three was just more than I could handle. Leads came and went, and I was starting to think he was going to become mine. The nights were also getting colder and I worried about him being outside. By chance, a friend from out of town, staying with me for just one night, offered to take him if I could keep him until after Christmas while they completed a home reno. I was relieved and so excited to know he had a good home waiting!

I planned to take him in a few days before he was scheduled to be neutered and keep him separated from my other cats. That changed when I discovered another neighbourhood cat was terrorizing him. I brought him in right away and, much to my surprise, my cats accepted him immediately. Carter kept her distance, but he and Miles became best friends and grooming buddies.

A couple of months stretched into more as the reno dragged on. He was treated for tapeworm, ear mites and over-grooming due to stress when I had to leave him with friends over the holidays. Finally, two weeks ago, after six months with me, I delivered him to his forever home.

They named him Linus in memory of the husband, father and grandfather they lost in 2012. He now has a family that includes three young kids who are thrilled to have a new cat! I was sad to leave him, but he's already settled in. A great ending for everyone, but especially for Linus!

Toronto, ON, Canada

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