Trouper, an elderly, cranky stray with everything seriously wrong with him—a total “hot mess” of a cat. Trouper was very depressed, wouldn’t eat, and wanted to be left alone. That was about a year ago. During that time, Trouper has been in rehab at our veterinarian’s office. He has had surgeries for his conditions, and lots of time to heal and get used to having the staff shower him with care and kindness. He still has some physical issues, but even though he does not yet come out of his rehab cage, he looks and feels so much better. He has gone from being a recluse of pain, fear, and no eye-contact, to cautiously accepting stroking, petting, and sweet-talk. We will never know the sad life he had before we saved him—Trouper’s life on mean and angry streets, in pain every day and fending for himself. But he's a survivor, and has fought hard to live. It is so rewarding to see Trouper, an old man of a cat, give eye-contact, purr and roll over for tummy rubs, and show interest in things again. Not adoptable? Not so! He just needs a loving, calm and quiet home, finally out of his cage, where he can stretch his legs, sleep by a sunny window, and live out the remainder of his time surrounded in comfort.