Happy ‘Valentino’ Day: Neglected cat wanted to be held and loved February 14, 2017/9 Comments/in animal cruelty, Cats /by Cheryl HannaToday, on February 14, rescue organization, Leave No Paws Behind announced Happy ‘Valentino’ Day. If for a moment, you thought this was a misspelling, be assured that was not the case at all: “Happy ‘Valentino’ Day. He is so enjoying his morning meal and is doing great,” announced Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind on the group’s Facebook page. The Doc was telling me when she walks into his room she greets him with ‘Hi Buddy, how you feeling today.’AND he gets right up, purrs, meows and waits patiently for his treatments and food.” Last Saturday afternoon life was a lot different for this neglected and seemingly unwanted cat. Animal activist and talented photographer John Hwang, captured a heartbreaking moment in time for this boy in desperate need at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California. So moved by the helpless cat’s plight, John asked for help on his Facebook page: “… He barely lacked the strength to meow. Parts of his fur were hard, caked with mud and feces. His eyes were shut with mucus and other fluids. His past story is not known, but his very difficult life was evident. He placed his head on Elaine’s shoulder. His paw resting on her arm. A staff worker wrote on her kennel card ‘nice cat.’ That despite everything he has endured he longs most to love…and be loved,” John wrote. Animal advocate, Elaine Seaman’s didn’t care that the cat with the caked and swollen eyes suffered from a highly contagious mange infection. From the moment she picked him up, with his tiny paw reaching out, she knew he was special. And now just four days later, Valentino, grateful for the kind rescuers he was lucky enough to encounter on a day which may have been his last, a new life begins. Valentino will need a foster home once he is released from the vet. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. To help Leave No Paws Behind, please click here. Read Valentino’s original story here. Click here and check out Valentino’s short video. Be sure to share your thoughts.