After Josh Marino returned home from serving in a war, he found it difficult to adjust to normal life. He had served in the military for many years and suffered both mental and physical trauma, including PTSD.
He decided to take his life after struggling to adjust, he couldn’t cope with the tormenting memories of his days serving in the military.
The night he decided it was time, he went outside to smoke his last cigarette before ending his life. He sat in the rain, deeply depressed, when he heard a noise from the bushes. As he listened closely, he then heard it again before a tiny kitten slowly wandered out from the bush.
“He just walked up and started rubbing up against my leg and let me pet him, I broke down crying, burst into tears. Maybe he knew there was something I couldn’t quite handle.”
After that, something changed and Josh began to feed the kitten every day and slowly started to forget the troubles from his past life.
The one day the kitten didn’t show up, and it made him realize the impact the cat, which he named ‘Scout’ had on his life. Josh and his girlfriend decided to head to a local animal shelter to find a cat to adopt.
When he arrived, there was one face amongst the many kittens that he recognized; it was Scout.
“All of a sudden a little black and white paw shoots out from a crate and starts smacking me in my left arm,” he said. “I looked inside, it is the same little black and white cat. I opened up that cage, and I pulled him out, and I held him tight.”
Of course, Josh adopted him and as you can imagine, the two are now inseparable. Since the adoption, day by day, Josh is getting over his traumatic past experience and is learning to deal with the issues he’s faced in life.
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