3-years-old cat, Jacque was always facing rejections when all he wanted was someone to love him.
In May 2016, His first owner moved away leaving him in a foreclosed house when he was only seven months old. Founder and President of Michigan Cat Rescue, said, “He was found in a house that was foreclosed upon. The person who owned him left him there and didn’t care. He was found by the realtor and brought into the shelter. This happens quite often, sadly.”
No one seemed interested in adopting Jacque as the shelter was overcrowded with dogs and cats. Therefore, he was kept on the euthanasia list. But later, a visit from Hutchinson saved his life.
“I saw him in his cage and felt so bad for him,” Hutchinson told. “I opened up his cage and … sat on the floor with him for a while and he sat on my lap. I thought, ‘Wow. What a nice cat.’”
Hutchinson pulled Jacque from the shelter and took him into the care of Michigan Cat Rescue after realizing how special he was. Then, along with other volunteers, she searched for a home for him.
Hutchinson said, “We advertised him as a lap cat. This woman came along, and she adopted him.”
But unfortunately, this was not his permanent home that everyone hoped for. “After about a year, she said she didn’t want him anymore,” Hutchinson said. “She said, ‘He’s constantly trying to sit in my lap — I can’t stand it anymore. I’ll have to return him to you — this is not what I signed up for.’”
This statement left everyone at the rescue group so stunned.
“Actually, it is what she signed up for because she requested a lap cat specifically,” Hutchinson said. “But she just became tired of having him.”
When Jacque returned to the rescue group, he ended up getting sick, and he was visibly distressed. “He didn’t eat for a few days,” Hutchinson said. “I think he was confused and upset by the rejection. Stress can take its toll — not just on people, but on animals — and it broke down his immune system. He had a horrible upper respiratory cold; his eyes were swollen and infected.”
Later, the team started looking for a new home after nursing Jacque back to health. This time lots of people were interested in adopting him.
“We received a lot of applications for him, but a lot of them weren’t appropriate for his personality,” Hutchinson said.
Then a woman named Liz Myziuk and her husband applied to adopt Jacque. Hutchinson set up a time for them to meet Jacque as she had a good feeling about them.
“We met Liz and her husband at one of our veterinary hospitals, and we put them in a room together,” Hutchinson said. “I let him out of the carrier, and he walked around a little bit. Then they picked him up and put him in their laps, and he just stayed there. They were crying and so happy — they were so in love with him.”
“I left him in the room with them, and they came out and said, ‘We want to give a home to him. We want to take him,’” Hutchinson added. “Then I started crying. I was just so, so happy. I think Jacque was relieved, too. I think he knew he finally had his happy ending.”
Jacque then got a new name — Giuseppe after being settled into his new house.
“They absolutely love him,” Hutchinson said. “He’s doing really well. It’s just really great.”
Hutchinson is now pleased that Jacque finally got the home he deserved.
“We were so upset when he was returned to us by his owner,” she said. “I was just so heartbroken for him, and I can tell that it hurt him as well. So, to find him the perfect home is just a beautiful, beautiful thing. It makes me cry because that’s why we do all of this, and that’s why we struggle every day just to save their lives, so they have good, happy lives.”
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