With Benson on the verge of being homeless, a neighbor of his former owner took him in. Unfortunately, after a year, the neighbor decided he no longer wanted Benson, and the search for a new home began again. That's when Krissy O'Conner came into the picture.
"I rescue and foster lots of animals and I was looking for an older cat to add to our permanent family," O'Conner told The Dodo.
The family members of Benson's original owner heard that O'Conner was a frequent animal rescuer in North Carolina and contacted her. She quickly agreed to adopt Benson. She was shocked, however, when she took him in and realized how little he had been taken care of in his most recent home.