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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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Leo is spectacular! i adore that photo of the flying pussycat! (I cannot help but compare the love and care that is lavished upon this gorgeous, sweet, gray, New York cat with the sadistic brutality that was visited upon King, another sweet, gray, New York cat, by that dumb punk in Brooklyn. I hope the law takes care of him!) Thank you to Sabrina and her fiance for setting the example of kindness and compassion and love.


Emma, I think the Andre Robinson case where he brutally assaulted King will be a watershed case on pushing for more stringent animal cruelty laws. Leo is a joy! He is very much loved and safe. His confidence is so obvious! What's so nice is that I know King is enjoying a similar life.


I live in Australia, but I always look at this site as I love to hear about the animals and also love to read that the cruel arsholes that hurt them get put away. The ASPCA is fantastic and I am pleased I can support you from across the Globe. I just read about that poor cat King, and I hope that twat and all his friends laughing get punished.


Awesome Choice I applaud you!!! So glad this beautiful kitty got a loving home!!! Catgrats to you!!!

Margie Kinlaw

Anyone who hurts an animal deserves the worse punishment possible.These beautiful creatures are put on earth to be our life companions by God.They should all be treated with love


I agree with you, Margie! Thank you.


Love your comment, Margie, and agree with every word. God blesses those who answer the call to mercy for His Most Innocent Ones. Always stand up to animal cruelty! We are their voice!

Dianne Yonan

He is gorgeous. So happy for you and him. May he live long and prosper.


What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!

daisy goecker

what a nice story, it's really wonderful when an adopted cat is so in tune with his/her new parents, thanks for the good work you are doing............