Josh Marino was in a pretty bad place after coming home from the battle zone. He was suffering from some injuries and also developed PTSD. He had trouble every day to focus on normal day things. He then decided enough was enough and began to smoke his “last cigarette” in the rain. An overwhelming feeling came to him, he was ready to just end it all.
But out of nowhere, he heard a little meow coming from the bushes and a little kitten poked its head out.
“He just walked up and started rubbing 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,” said Josh.
He went to feed the kitten outside everyday and then he would end up taking naps on Josh’s lap. Whenever Josh called him, the cat came running and Josh felt like he had a purpose again.
But one day, when he came back from work, the cat, Scout, was nowhere to be found. He had a huge effect on his life and months later Josh and his girlfriend went to an adoption center at Fort Riley Stray Animal Shelter.
As soon as they saw the crates of cats, he saw a tiny paw and was taken aback.
“All of a sudden a little black and white paw shoots out from a crate and starts smacking me in my left arm. 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,” said Josh.
So, he ended up adopting the little Scout and bringing him home to live with him forever. As you can imagine, they are inseparable now.