Feline Friends of Destin recently received a special plea for Honey, a sweet orange tabby in need of a temporary home. His owner was being forced to relocate and she had a very short time period to find a caretaker. If she could find a place for him to stay, she hoped to eventually take him back once she was settled.

Something was unusual and different about Honey. He was born with a bone disorder which caused a severe deformity in his front legs.

Fortunately for Honey, his loving pet-parent was committed to his care, and he learned to use the litter box and move around without any special assistance. Feline Friends of Destin was her last chance to save Honey from either a life outdoors where he would be defenseless, or an overflowing kill shelter where his chances of rescue were slim considering his disability.

Being in the midst of kitten season, Feline Friends of Destin has no available foster homes at this time. However, committed to doing whatever possible to assist cats in need, we offered to share his story on our Facebook page hoping to reach someone that could help.

We had no idea that our post would reach more than 3,000 people in just a few days! Soon we were contacted by a woman in Georgia named Kara.

Honey's story had reached across state lines. She immediately agreed to foster him for one year while his owner looked for a new living situation that would enable Honey to come back and live with her. We even received several private donations to cover the cost of Honey's vet bills.

Transportation was coordinated, vet appointments were made, and Honey was off to Georgia. His new home would be with Kara and her husband at Cat's Meow Framing in Pine Mountain, Ga. Kara has an affinity for special needs cats and even has a feline shop mascot named Brutus.

Harnessing the power of social media, Honey's story has touched the lives of many and expanded what assistance Feline Friends of Destin could have provided locally. We are so thrilled to be a part of Honey's journey and to help loving pet-parents when they can't do it alone.

So far so good, we hear from Kara and Brutus that he is especially fond of tuna.

Special thanks: Melissa Smith is an extraordinary volunteer living in Crestview yet volunteering every week at the adoption center in Destin. She went the extra mile to make sure Honey's story reached thousands on Facebook.

She visited Honey and his owner, took pictures, fostered Honey for a few days, and drove halfway to Pine Mountain, Ga., with Honey to hand him off to his new foster mom. Thanks Melissa!


Ashley Ribando is PR Coordinator for Feline Friends of Destin.