When the band Chumbawamba sang, “I get knocked down, but I get up again, You are never gonna keep me down” in the 1997 hit tune “Tumbthumping,” they probably didn’t have Toby the cat in mind, but they may as well have.

You see, 7-year-old Toby has had a real hard-knock life: He had been abandoned by his original owners and given to a new family, then walked over 50 miles back home only to be rejected again and turned in to local animal authorities to be euthanized, according to WRAL.com.

When PEOPLE caught wind of the feline’s sad story, we reached out to the SPCA of Wake County in North Carolina to learn more about this determined kitty — but we weren’t the only ones concerned about him. Communications manager Tara Lynn told us, “This has been crazy! He’s gotten so much attention, but it’s certainly very, very cool.”Go to Next Page To See More…