The cat was starved, dehydrated, and suffering from a severe upper respiratory infection.
But just when all hope was lost, Rachel Brown inquired about the winter-white cat for possible adoption.
She had spent several weeks in search of the perfect cat to welcome into her home.
When she arrived to finally meet Jon Snow, she saw just how tired and sad he was, but knew she finally had found the right kitten.
“As soon as I saw him, my heart leaped and then sank,” Brown told Inside Edition.com. “I instantly loved him, but he looked so sick and so sad.”
Brown said the minute she saw him, she couldn’t get him off her mind. Although the employees at the shelter told her the cat wouldn’t make it, she was determined to bring him home.
“When I took Jon out of the shelter, I think he knew he had been saved,” said Brown. “While we were traveling on trains to the vet, he wanted to keep me in his sight; if he couldn’t see me through the mesh, he would meow.”
When they arrived to the vet, the doctors informed Brown that Jon had no chance of survival.
According to Brown, they discovered he had coronavirus, which is typically fatal and incurable.
They gave her an ultimatum to either treat Jon Snow to euthanize him. But luckily, Brown wouldn't listen.
“I couldn’t give up on him,” she said.
On the third day of his hospitalization, the cat began to eat normally after being placed on an IV drip. He had a surprising boost of energy and even began to play to his heart’s content.
After the fifth day, Jon Snow was better than ever. The doctors took him off the IV and his blood tests came back completely normal.
The curious cat now lives peacefully, following his new owner around the house and sleeping soundly on several pillows.
“He is the happiest kitty and that makes me so happy,” Brown said.