ASPCA Happy Tails: The Roomie Bunch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:30pm
Two black and white cats playing

When Hunan and Adore came to the ASPCA at the height of kitten season, they were less than 4 weeks old. The tiny kitties had been found together as strays, and both were suffering from untreated infections that left them with serious eye damage. Though we hoped to keep them together, we were struggling to find one family willing to take both babies home. Fortunately, two roommates from Brooklyn came along and adopted Hunan and Adore—proving that in the end, family is whatever you make of it. Here is their doubly-happy Happy Tail.

Sam and Kaylie have been sharing an apartment in Brooklyn since January, when Kaylie moved to New York from California. After a few months together, the lifelong cat-lovers realized that their apartment was missing something very important: a feline! Not content to share a cat, the roomies decided that they each wanted a furry friend of their own, and in May, they headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center.

“Kaylie and I both wanted to adopt,” Sam recalls. “We thought it would be great to adopt a pair so that when we have to leave the apartment, it will be a bit more bearable.” After meeting many cats, though, the roommates hadn’t found any that felt like the perfect fit. They were nearly ready to leave when they spotted two tiny tuxedo kittens, Hunan and Adore.

Two black and white cats playing with a pink feather

At just a few months old, Hunan and Adore were far from the adult cats that Sam and Kaylie had envisioned before their visit. But they were drawn to pair and asked to meet them. “We took them out and immediately they started running around and playing with each other and falling all over themselves,” laughs Kaylie. It didn’t take long before one duo was sold on the other. “When Hunan looked at me with her one eye in a perpetual wink, I found her so heart-meltingly charming that I knew she was the one for me,” Kaylie says. Sam felt the same way about Adore: “With the distinguishing white-dipped tail, I knew my kitten was a star.” The new foursome headed home together that very same day.

Back at home, Sam and Kaylie’s new four-legged roommates settled in easily. “There was barely an adjustment—they both took to the apartment almost immediately!” Kaylie tells us. “Having a buddy throughout the whole move seemed to give them both an added boost of courage,” adds Sam.

In the weeks that followed, things only got better. Adore quickly established herself as the “house musician,” thanks to her tendency to walk on Sam’s piano, while Hunan is known as the family “techie” who loves to pounce on phones and computers. Looking back, both Sam and Kaylie are thrilled with how their home has grown. “It was a great decision to get both cats,” Kaylie says. “They bring us so much joy every day, and we couldn’t be happier with our new roommates and family members.”

To help provide more Happy Tails for deserving animals like Hunan and Adore, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.

Two roommates holding black and white cats

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Sam and Kaylie, your delighted, proud faces say it all. Your little Hunan and Adore must bring you so much joy! It is wonderful that you adopted these absolutely adorable, soft and sweet bonded kitties. I love the photos and I wish you years of pure bliss and fun with your beautiful cats. You are both guardian angels.


Yes, I agree with what others have said. I am thrilled that these sweet, adorable kitties have gone to such sweet, adorable people.
It feels so good to see the pure joy and fun and goodness in these photos. Thank you, Kaylie and Sam.


Both of you look so happy with you new pets. I, too, adopted two kittens, and I see the love on your faces and know exactly how you feel. I can't imagine my life without my two babies. Thank you for sharing your story and love with the rest of us!


Sam and Kaylie, you guys rock! And kittens are such a delight! All of you just melt my heart!


I absolutely agreed with your observation of Sam and Kelly, and of course...the beautiful cats.


I recommend you join the Tuxedo cat Facebook group! We would love to see more pictures of Hunan and Adore! Just look for Tuxedo Cats on FB.

Avery Gordon

Thanks for the Tuxedo Cat Group info! My darling Billy Budd was a Tuxedo cat - and a peg-legged one at that. He'd escaped a dog attack, but when I found him his left rear leg was gone below the lower joint. He was SUCH a gentleman! You're gonna have some fun, ya'll!


My heart just melted looking at those beautiful kitties. They're so in love with one another. Thank you for providing a forever home where they'll be well cared for and loved!

Cindy Davenport

Great story & Pics!

Joan Davenport

I think so too !!!