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If you don't think 12 miles is far, try telling that to a four legged feline and see how long you have your eyeballs.
Because this is exactly how far Toby the cat walked to get back to his home - only for his owners to take him to a shelter to actually ask that he was put down.
But don't fear, because luckily for the fluffy orange cat, the shelter refused to do so. Instead, they transferred him to another shelter.
He was sent to the SPCA of Wake County, USA, where he was put up for adoption.
The SPCA announced this week that Toby had found a new, loving family on a day renowned for being unlucky - and we couldn't be happier for him.
The shelter posted to their Facebook page: "He was discarded by his first family and now truly has a forever home!
"If you missed the news, Toby was adopted on Friday the 13th! His lucky day indeed and the birthday of one of his aunts!"
Toby's former owners had tried to find him a new home because of conflicts with their other cats, SPCA of Wake County communications manager, Tara Lynn, told HuffPost.
She said: "Toby originally showed up to their home as a stray cat, and [Toby and the other cats] weren't getting along."
They gave him to another family around 12 miles away, but Toby soon packed his bags and left, showing back up at his former residence.
That was when the people brought him to a local shelter, not to be re-homed but to be put to sleep.
Tara didn't know why the family had asked the shelter to kill Toby, who is estimated to be about seven years old.
But she emphasised that it's a good thing the family brought him to an animal shelter, rather than abandoning him in a random location like others.
She added: "I think people's immediate reaction is to bash the family, rather than saying 'Hurray, the shelter saved his life,' or 'Hurray, he was adopted'."
Tara said Toby, who is 'very friendly' is settling into his new life well.
When he first got to the shelter, staff thought he might need to live in a home without other cats, due to clashes with other felines.
However, after being neutered, Toby has mellowed out considerably and has had 'no issues' with the two other cats he now lives with.
The now-famous kitty also has his own Instagram account, @a.cat.named.toby.
We can't help but have an internal round of applause for Toby and his new, loving family. LADs.
Featured Image Credit: SPCA of Wake County
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