Original post by Nicola Oakley

A cat with a heartbreaking story has won the hearts of thousands after pictures of his astonishing transformation were shared online. BenBen, a ginger tabby, was living out his days at an animal rescue shelter.

Or, rather, he was simply existing. but the saddest cat finally gets a home!!! Horray.

Staff at the shelter believed he had been attacked by a big animal, according to BoredPanda , as he had “a crushed spine, several deep lacerations and a cauliflower ear.”

But his permanent sad face is his most endearing quality.

This is BenBen in the shelter


He was hours away from death


BenBen was scheduled to be euthanised and workers at the shelter said it was as if he knew – he had stopped eating, drinking or even moving.

Luckily, a kind-hearted woman decided to take BenBen in, despite the fact he was very poorly and on pain medication.

“We managed to get everything sorted out the day before his scheduled euthanization and brought him to his forever home, ” she told LoveMeow.

Within an hour, he had transformed

“He was instantly full of purrs, smiles, and ‘thank you’ cuddles, ” his owner said.

“I like to think he knew he was safe and had his forever home at that moment.”

On his Instagram account, there are photographs of BenBen settling into his new home – and he looks incredibly happy.

He slept for a few days


Suddenly, he looked much healthier


Now he loves playing with his toys


And games on the iPad


He loves to watch his humans eat


He’s still got a sad face – that will never change


But he’s one very happy cat