Twice the Love: Lucca and Zoe's Happy Tail

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 4:30pm
Two cats napping together

Bonded animals—pets who must stay together—can offer adopters twice the love. Unfortunately, they can also be twice as hard to place into a permanent home. Such was the case with Lucca and Zoe, two bonded kitties who were adopted and returned to the ASPCA three times. But these pals stuck together through thick and thin, and now they’re living a doubly good life because of it. Here is their Happy Tail.

Lucca and Zoe first came to the ASPCA in November, 2012. They were left at the door of our Adoption Center in New York City, and at the time they were less than 6 months old. The two tiny kitties were adopted four days later, and we were pleased that they had found a home so quickly. But then a pattern emerged: Zoe and Lucca were returned in July 2013, then adopted again, and then returned a third time in March 2014. Though the cats were cute, we learned that little Lucca had a tendency toward accidents that was proving more than adopters could handle. In each home, he had urinated repeatedly on couches, beds, and rugs.

We set out to find the cause of Lucca’s problem, and that’s when we discovered the blood in his urine. As it turns out, this fussy feline wasn’t behaviorally challenged—he had a massive amount of bladder crystals. At our Animal Hospital, he received surgery (a cystotomy), and was given a life-long prescription for urinary-friendly food. Though we had solved his health problem, we were back to square one in terms of adopters.

Because of all they had been through together, Lucca and Zoe were listed once again as a bonded pair. We were worried about their prospects, until we remembered that one of our volunteers, Michelle D., had expressed interest in adopting bonded kitties. Michelle was introduced to Zoe and Lucca, and it was love at first sight. “When I first saw them, they were snuggled together with their paws wrapped around each other,” she says. “I called my husband Will and he was able to come see the two cats right away, and he fell in love as well.”

Two cats grooming each other

Before rushing into a fourth adoption for the pair, though, we made sure that Michelle and Will learned everything about their health and history. “We found out that these two year old cats had been through some tough experiences from the time they were kittens, and that made us even more determined to give them a happy home,” Michelle says. “At the ASPCA, people work so hard to give each animal the medical, nutritional, and behavioral care he or she needs. Everyone is rooting for them to find the right match, and we really wanted to adopt cats who were in need of a home.”

Fortunately, the fourth time proved to be the charm, as Lucca and Zoe are now thriving in Michelle’s home. She tells us, “They bonded solidly with us. Lucca loves to be picked up and held, Zoe loves to sleep with us, and they often follow us as we move from one room to another.” The kitties now spend their days playing with toys, snoozing around the house (Lucca loves the armchair; Zoe the ottoman), and sitting on the windowsill watching birds.

Michelle adds, “At some point each day, we’ll find them nestled together, cuddled up and bathing one another. We love these cats and feel lucky to be loved in return. We’re so grateful to the ASPCA for their commitment to find a home not only for Lucca and Zoe, but for all the other cats who come through their doors.”

With such a long history of bad luck, Lucca and Zoe are finally getting the love they deserve. We’re so glad this bonded duo found their forever home—and that they found it together.

Two cats snuggling

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Sweet story! FYI, unless part of the story was left out, Lucca and Zoe were returned twice, not three times, and when Michelle took them home that was their third adoption.

L. O'Callaghan

If you count the time they were dropped off initially, there are three with Michelle being the fourth. The main issue here is that everyone should know that when a kitty or pet urinates inappropriately, there is usually a health issue but not always. However, they should always be evaluated medically first. Thank you ASPCA for all of the wonderful work you do. Those of us in the rescue world know how much pets suffer. God Bless you and all of the volunteers.

S. O. Rooney

I appreciate that ASPCA respects the important bond between animals such as these sweet guys. The depth of emotion that animals feel is often underestimated, often disregarded. It says a lot to me about the heart and understanding of the ASPCA that they respect their bond and try to keep buddies like this together. They've been through enough without losing their best friend too.

Lesley Currie

Love your Happy Tails and posts. I live in Canada, but am so impressed with what ASPCA does - you go above and beyond. Thank you for all you do.


Thank you Debbie for the beautiful comment you wrote. I too believe as you do and believe that animals are for life. You are just like me. Thank you Michele for adopting these beautiful cats. Just love it. Thank you all for your most wonderful comments. Thank God for good Human beings. God bless you all.

roxane twisdale

Thank u all for being so compassinate and have such big hearts to take care of the animals at the aspca. We love yall so much. Make sure to take care of urselves as u take care of those presious babies. Thanks agin and God Bless yall.

Aayesha S.

Surprising they aren't't related, you can feel the love radiating from the pictures, a match made for the 4 th time, in kitty heaven, just sweet <3 ¿(;·}


Glad that this tail has such a happy ending. Unfortunately, even vets can miss these medical issues. Pushing for an answer by doing research on the internet, seeking a second opinion from another vet, or talking with rescue people can help determine the cause of a "problem." One of my "boys" was recently hanging around the litter pan. I kept an eye on him--he was having trouble going. I immediately took him to the vet--he was blocked! He is fine now--on special food. I continue with the "plan" that my vet laid out--make sure he is eating his special food, make sure he is drinking plenty of water, and make sure he is urinating!