Kingston was discovered in the Clarington area in September 2011, where he was wandering as a stray. It took several months for the local animal control officer to catch him, and he spent a harrowing winter outdoors before finally being taken into safety in February 2012. But his safety was short-lived. After failing to find a home for him, Kingston was put up for auction, meaning that he could have been purchased by anyone, including someone who would slaughter him for meat.
In early March 2012, following a story publicizing his fate in Toronto Star, a Wishing Well supporter attended the auction and purchased Kingston for $100 and brought him to Wishing Well.