Apollo needed a home. Simple as that.
The senior cat was surrendered to a shelter after his owner was moved to a nursing home. He was lethargic and just moped all day long. Nancy Hutchinson, of Michigan Cat Rescue, still gets teary-eyed when she tells Apollo's story.
"He had been [at the shelter] for a while. Probably a good two months. It's a high-kill shelter and they felt sorry for him so they didn't put him down yet — they kind of kept him longer to give him extra time," said Hutchinson.
Nancy ended up rescuing Apollo from the shelter and fostering him until a permanent home could be found. Since he was a senior cat, there were few applications coming through the door.
Things got even trickier when Apollo developed an infection, as well as pneumonia. His eye got infected and eventually he lost it. So now, not only was he a senior cat...he was a senior cat with one eye. Not the most adoptable animal.
Nancy Hutchinson was doing her best to find Apollo his forever home. She knew there was someone out there who could give him the love he needed. She brought Apollo to an adoption event with the shelter and encountered a horrible woman.
"I recall one time in particular a lady came up to him at an adoption event," Hutchinson says. "He was sitting in a cage and she told him to his face that he was ugly. I truly believe that he understood her because he put his head down. I could tell that he felt bad and it made me cry."
WHO DOES THAT? Does this look ugly to you!?
But Nancy wasn't giving up. She even paid to have a post about him boosted on Facebook which ended up reaching over 130,000 people. Once that post went out, a whole new wave of applications came in to adopt Apollo. But Hutchinson knew she had to pick the perfect match.
"We're very selective about who we give our cats to," she says. "We want to make sure they stay indoors and go to a nice family who's going to take care of them. Otherwise, we do all this for nothing."
Then, finally, THE application arrived.
A woman named Denise, who lived alone in Michigan, wanted to adopt Apollo! She was in her 50s, was financially secure, and was looking for a new friend. Hutchinson says she knew there was something about Denise that made this a perfect match.
"I don't know what it was, but I just started crying and thought, 'This is the one,'" she says. "I called her and said, 'We've been waiting for you for so long to come along. We both started crying.'"
Denise and Apollo finally met and the two hit it off right away.
"He waits by the door for her when she comes home from work. He sleeps next to her," Hutchinson says. "It's a happy ending for him."
We are so happy that Apollo has found a second chance at life. Big thanks to Nancy for fostering him and to Denise for choosing an animal who's waited longer than most for a home!