Animal lovers have been left emotional after a disheveled cat whose life hung in the balance was rescued by a kind-hearted stranger.
A woman called Haley took to TikTok to reveal how she was coasting along in the Bay Area of California when she spotted ‘a bony orange butt’ poking out of a huge pile of trash on the roadside.
She quickly turned around to inspect what the unusual shape was, and came across a dishevelled feline, who she named ‘Shambles’, determined to give him a loving home because he’s ‘never known a life without suffering’.
Shambles was on the brink of death and ‘wouldn’t have lasted a few more days’, in his state, according to the cat advocate.
People have been heartbroken by the footage of the suffering animal, with one person going as far as to say they would ‘die for Shambles’.
The feline names Shambles (pictured) was found on the side of the road after Haley spotted him among the trash. She believes he probably would have only lasted a few more days had she not discovered him
The woman who wants to one day open her own animal rescue, explained she ‘had to go back’ for the cat.
The TikTok video that now has 5.2 million views, shows a timid, orange cat shyly staring with his wide yellow eyes.
Haley divulged that the animal was so feeble and starving, he had begun trying to eat the trash surrounding him.
However, his paws were severely injured, burned, and suffering from rotting and degloving – so he could make very little movement.
Degloving is a dreadful injury, meaning that the top layers of skin and tissues begin to tear away from the underlying bone, muscle, or connective tissue.
In humans, degloving mostly impacts the legs and is often related to underlying fractures.
It is likely had Shambles not been saved, he would have only lasted another few days because of his life-threatening issues, according to Haley.
The feline has made strides in his recovery, however the vet reportedly told the cat advocate there his nothing he can do for Shambles’ lasting kidney failure, which was likely caused by the ingestion of toxic material when he was in the pile of trash
A portion of the video showcased the two-year-old feline’s gut-wrenching journey back to health, from veterinary assessments to being nursed back to health, with food and a dry place to rest.
Constantly throughout the emotional videos, the cat advocate can be seen embracing and showing the animal a great deal of love to the animal who ‘likely [has] never known a life without suffering.’
On September 16, Haley published an update on Shambles after being inundated with requests.
Thankfully, the feline is still alive with fully healed paws. Shambles’ anemia was also cured after a trip to the vet according to the cat rescuer.
But it wasn’t all positive news for the animal, as the vet could not resolve his ‘lasting kidney damage’.
The damage to the animal’s organs was likely caused as a result of him eating something toxic whilst he was starving among the trash.
Haley told her following of over 29,000: ‘It breaks my hear thinking about him so hungry outside that he ate something that did this to his little body.’
She added: ‘I will do everything I can to make sure those boy gets to live many happy years to make up for his time suffering on the streets.’
Viewers have flooded the comments with messages of support for the animal who has endured a great deal of suffering in his short life, with one writing: ‘Shambles deserves the world’
Users flocked to the comments of the viral video to offer their love and support to the animal who has likely ‘never known a life without suffering’
Another person said: ‘If something happens to Shambles I truly will be in shambles.’
Others were broken hearted to find the feline resembled their own beloved pets, an individual stated: ‘Shambles looks so much like my girl kitty Winnie. Exact same coloring. This makes my heart hurt.’
Whilst one commenter stated: ‘His poor tired eyes. He’s been through a lot in so little time.’
Some noted how the pet who had experienced so much anguish was still open to receiving love, one quipped: ‘And he still wants love. Even after humans failed him.’
Another continued: ‘Tapping his paw on your hand had me crying.’
One emotionally pointed out: ‘The fact his feet hurt and he’s still making the effort to get pets and love you.’