Benedict Cumbercat knows what it's like to get a much-needed hand in life.
When he was just a kitten - abandoned and suffering from from a litany of health issues - Ellen Carozza took a chance on him.
As a veterinary technician who has rescued countless cats, she couldn't resist taking him home.
"The moment I saw his scrawny hot mess of a body, I wanted him," Carozza tells The Dodo. "I fell in love even with the snotty nose and his horrible eye infection. I knew he was supposed to be mine."
So, Benny found just the right place in Carozza's heart.
And, as he grew up, he kept the same place open in his own heart for others in need.