Toby spent several days at the shelter, and the SPCA posted more updates pushing to find him a permanent home.
But the homesick tabby made a 20km walk to be back with its old one. But his owners didn't welcome Toby back into their house; instead, they took him to a local shelter and asked them to euthanize him.
A North Carolina cat walked 12 miles to find his family and nearly ended up being put to sleep instead.
That's when the owners asked an area animal shelter to euthanize Toby.
Toby had a cold and tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus when he was brought in to she SPCA in February, but shelter staff took care of the sweet boy. SPCA of Wake County said in a Facebook post.
"We're all fighting over him", Puckett said.
Those who saw Toby's story on social media expressed anger and frustration towards the family that was so easily willing to put Toby down. Toby the cat loved his family so much that walking 12 miles to reunite with them seemed like a simple and small task.
This is the tale of a cat named Toby who did everything possible to find the family who didn't want him.
Toby plays with a toy, happy as he waits for his new home.
On Monday, the SPCA reported on its Facebook page that a loving home had been found.
"We were thinking he would need to be an only cat because he was kind of feisty with some of his roommates but his mom says he's gelled with his roommates at home", Lynn says.