SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (CBS/KPIX) - The U.S. and Iran may not see eye-to-eye politically, but that doesn't mean diplomacy between the two countries is dead. A special needs cat took an 8,000 mile trip for a good home.
Maloos was found near death on the streets of Iran. Deputy Director of Animal Control Kat Brown says Maloos was, "Stuck to the pavement he couldn't move around."
He is forced to walk on his front legs. Brown says, "His left leg was grown into his spine and it had to be removed."
Maloos has a tiny scar above his nose where he was hit by a bullet. If the saying is true that cats have nine lives, Brown says, "Maloos has gone through 3 or 4 at least."
A few weeks ago a good Samaritan found him in Tehran and took him into the local shelter, but they could only do so much. Brown says, "They asked us being the city of St. Francis if we could help."
Little Maloos had a one way ticket to the City by the Bay and found a new home at the city's Animal Care and Control where they put him on the road to recovery.
Applications have been flooding in for people who want to bring this little guy home. Next Wednesday he will officially be adopted, but it's going to take a very special family to make little Maloos part of their lives. Brown says, "He doesn't like to be held so much and he is still a little fearful, but in the right home he is going to thrive."
His name, Maloos, means lovable and when you meet him, you realize the name fits him perfectly. Brown says, "Isn't it amazing the inspiration that these guys bring to our lives. They just seem to go on no matter what."