Lurcher Blue Boi was found by the side of a main road, weighing only 9kg and so badly starved that his skin had broken down to expose his backbone, and he had huge, open abscesses on his thighs.
He was promptly taken to Gwent-based Vale Cat Rescue, and there, thanks to the kind-hearted care of Denise Selway and other volunteers, along with donations from CSJ Products, has since gained 6kg. His skin, sores and abscesses have healed, and the hair has grown back.
The charity was founded in 2009 to rescue cats in the local area and has since helped over 600 cats and kittens, along with a litter of four-week-old puppies, rabbits, hamsters, hedgehogs and, of course, Blue Boi, thought to be between three and five years old.
Denise said: “The lady who brought Blue Boi in was convinced he would have to be put down, but despite his horrific state, he still had a twinkle in his eye and I was determined to save his life.
“We are so grateful to CSJ for their generosity, kindness and products. Their products and food have helped him so much, and it is wonderful the personal care they give their customers.
“Blue Boi is being fed on CSJ’s Lamb and Rice food and their Skinny products really helped his sores – you can see from the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos how beautifully they have healed.”
Blue Boi is now in a foster home. He bonds very quickly with people who show him kindness and, unsurprisingly given his experience, suffers from separation anxiety when left alone.