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ASPCA Happy Tails: Foster Kitten Becomes a Forever Pet

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 2:30pm
Tiny orange kitten

At the ASPCA, we have nothing but love for the members of our Foster Care Program. These generous, kind-hearted people open their homes to young, sick, or small animals that are not yet ready for permanent placement, and give them love and comfort until they’re ready to move on. So when we heard about Leia, a tiny kitten who won the heart of her foster mom, we had a feeling she was something special. We tracked down Emily H. to find out just how Leia went from temporary resident to full-time family member. Here is their very Happy Tail.

“When I first met Leia, she was so tiny,” recalls Emily. “She was smaller than her littermates, Han Solo and Padme, and she wouldn’t eat.” An expert foster mom, Emily syringe-fed Leia baby food for a week to help her gain some weight and find her appetite. The Force must have been strong back then, as the intimate feeding experience bonded the two in a way that Emily could not deny. “When the other foster kitties went back to the shelter to find their forever homes, I already knew that Leia’s forever home was with us.”

In the year since her adoption, Leia has grown into a perfect pet. Thanks to Emily’s persistence, the teeny kitten mastered the art of eating—in fact, Emily is thinking it might be time to cut back! She is so curious and playful that it’s almost easy to forget how timid and small she once was.

A true testament to the power of fostering, Emily left us with an encouraging message. “Shelters are full of beautiful cats with incredible personalities, and I cannot recommend the foster program enough. Your new best friend might be waiting for you right now at the ASPCA!”

For more information on Fostering, please visit the ASPCA Foster Program Page. To submit your own Happy Tail, email [email protected] and we might feature it on the blog!

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What a teeny-tiny, sweet little kitten and what a gorgeous, majestic girl Leia has grown into! Thank you, Emily, for fostering and adopting this glorious pussycat.You and your Leia are both angels!


Oh my goodness, this brings just joy to my heart and i hope all blessings to Emily and her family this day forward. It's people like her that restore my faith in the two-legged animals. I wish I could do more than just supoort the ASPCA for my love for animals is what keeps me sane and stories like this happy

Judy Guy

This story just made my day! She is a beauty and reminds me a lot of one I lost not to long ago. You are a hero!

J Oppy

What a pretty girl Leia is. Bless you for letting her into your home and heart.

C Bosch

Please go on facebook and find the video of broad throwing puppies into river and get this person arrested if anyone knows her Imagine if someone had not given this baby the love she deserves


i saw that one; i think it was in a european country; this said female was laughing and giggling all the while throwing the puppies into the water; what a sick mind!

micheline dm

Which video was this?I live in Belgium and would like to know .So far It is not here as there has not been reporting.I know we would get after that bitch fast.I can't believe it how cruel that is.An evil bitch does this,dangerous with kids too I guess!;

R Thompson

Was it the video from a few years ago? If it was, I think they caught that girl.


My belief is this.... What you inflict on an innocent animal is what your destiny is and what you should be inflicted on you.. - i would be the first to push her in the river.


Beautiful cat very happy she is safe and well.