But some stories are more horrifying than most. And this is one of them.
Unwanted and unloved
Dilly was named after the Dilmun Stables, where he was found alone in a small, dirty, plastic crate in Bahrain. At first glance, there was nothing particularly strange about his case that stood out for his rescuers – just another poor cat who became unwanted by his family.
But once word got out that the cat had been brought back to Bahrain Animal Rescue, something unbelievable happened.
The cat's previous owner got in touch with the rescue, just to try and claim his crate back. He had no interest whatsoever in the state of his animal. The rescuers asked whether he would be willing to pay for vaccines, or neutering, or even just make a small contribution, no matter how small, to help with Dilly's upkeep. But no, the man was just interested in getting his crate back.
Perhaps he assumed that rescuers would just collect the cat and leave the crate where he had left it. In any case, he had no intention of donating the crate to the rescue, and did everything he could to get it back.
In search of a happy ending
Dilly, a gorgeous grey cat, has been given a clean bill of health by his vets.
Lana Furman, a volunteer from Bahrain Animal Rescue, told Wamiz that Dilly is under a year old, and described him as a “lovely, friendly boy”. The rescue's hope is that he will find a forever home in the UK, where he can live his life in a better way than it started.
If you'd like to make a contribution to their rescue efforts, you can make a donation through their Paypal: Dogfatheranimalrescue@gmail.com