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From Newborn to New Home: Leo's Happy Tail

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 11:45am
Small gray cat laying down on kitchen floor

This June, it’s raining cats and kittens at the ASPCA. That’s right—it’s the height of kitten season and it’s also “Adopt a Shelter Cat” month, so we’ve got nothing but meows on our mind. Though we’re working double-time to find a home for every cat, sometimes we get lucky and fate does the job for us. That’s what happened when Sabrina C. met Leo, a newborn kitty who was adopted just hours after becoming available. Here is their Happy Tail.

Leo first came to the ASPCA at just nine days old. He, his six siblings, and their mother were found living in the home of a hoarder, and they were brought to our Animal Hospital for immediate medical attention. Because of their age, the newborns were placed under intensive neonatal care, which includes round-the-clock monitoring of health, temperature, weight, and food. Their mama was close by to tend to her babies, as well.

While all of this was happening, Sabrina C. was across town with her fiancé considering cat adoption. She had lost her older cat, Jack, to stomach cancer in early 2013, and finally felt ready to open her home to a kitten again. “When I finally decided it was time, I knew I wanted to adopt and not shop,” she says. So they headed to the ASPCA.

Young couple sitting with grey cat on bed

Had Sabrina visited our Adoption Center on any other day—or even any other hour—she might have left empty handed. But as luck would have it, Leo completed his neonatal care and was transferred to adoptions just two hours before she arrived.  “When I first looked into his little kennel, he was laying there almost not wanting to be bothered. I loved that kind of ‘too good for this’ personality!” Sabrina laughs. “We picked him up and immediately knew he was ours.” As if to further cement the deal, Sabrina noticed that Leo’s birth date fell on her anniversary. “It felt it was a sign!” she says. After less than three hours in our Adoption Center, Leo had found his forever home.

Back at the apartment, the teeny kitty adjusted right away. “He is so energetic and silly,” says Sabrina. “He is very playful and loves to do weird things that just make you laugh.” They settled into their new life easily, and Leo’s early days in the home of a hoarder are nothing but a distant memory. “He’s like no pet I’ve ever had before,” says Sabrina. “He was the cat we were waiting for.”

June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month, and there are tons cats and kittens waiting to meet their matches in shelters across the country! Visit the ASPCA Adoption Center—or any local shelter—to meet homeless animals in need of loving families.

Cat jumping in the air to catch toy

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Carol

Enjoy every moment with your beautiful kitty! I am glad you adopted from the ASPCA. My last kitty also came from an SPCA....he is the best cat I've ever owned!! Have fun with your adorable Leo!!

Margarita

Happy tails, indeed! What a gorgeous kitty! What a beautiful family xo

Carol

It is NOT! Luck, or Fate, it is GOD!/JESUS! intervention.

Brenda

Please keep your religious views out of this.

Sue

I love to see a happy kitty like this sweet one. He sure does love to play. Thanks to all of the hard-working people at the ASPCA for caring for the tiniest of God's creatures. We are to be the caretakers of these beautiful animals, not abusers. Even though we hear about all of the evil going on towards animals in this world, there is still so much more good going on to care for and love all of these sweet little creatures, or as I call them - four-footed children. I have three wonderful cats sharing my home in this world, and there is never a dull day. What's not to love? A home without a cat is a very quiet home.

Leonora

Pets love you uncondicionally in my house we have 4 cats 1 dog a 2 birds and at 1 point we had 8 birds but unfortunatelly they don't live forever. We also like hamsters. The parakeet we have now my dog found it in the back yard my daughter saw her jumping and when she was walking towards her she noticed the dog had something in it's mouth so she put her hand out and the dog put the bird on it, the bird was very little we don't know where it came from it's been almost 5 years now and she's still with us very happy. So every morning as soon as I wake up all the pets get fresh water and food we all love them.

cathy c

this is a wonderful story, i commend the aspca, you are streets ahead of the australian equivalent, the rspca, this kitty would have been euthenased, unfortunatley the rspca have a massive kill rate, very very sad.they should read this site,, instead of wasting donated dollars on other things beside animal rescue.all the best to leo!!!!

cathy c

this is a wonderful story, i commend the aspca, you are streets ahead of the australian equivalent, the rspca, this kitty would have been euthenased, unfortunatley the rspca have a massive kill rate, very very sad.they should read this site,, instead of wasting donated dollars on other things beside animal rescue.all the best to leo!!!!

Diane

Sabrina, I hope that You, Leo and your fiancee enjoy many happy days together. Leo looks like he is a fun, cute kitty! All three of you are lucky!

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