Everything about Valentino suggested people not give him the one thing he needed more than anything: human contact.
The cat’s hardened fur was riddled with grime. He suffered from sarcoptic mange, a condition that’s highly contagious to both cats and humans. His eyes were so caked and swollen, they were sealed shut.
And Elaine Seamans didn’t care.
While passing by his cage at theBaldwin Park Animal Shelterlast week, she heard his faint cry for help.
“He reached out with his little paw and made the tiniest meow,” Seamans tells The Dodo. “It was like he was screaming without verbalizing it: ‘Please help me.’”
“There are times when it’s not an option to keep walking,” she adds. “You just have to stop. This was one of those times.”
And she opted not to wear gloves, but to press Valentino directly to her heart.
“When I picked him up, he…