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The storms and hurricanes that have hit recently have been devastating and terrifying. There’s no shortage of stories about loss. But, amid the chaos, are stories of compassion and love. This is one of those stories, a story of a man who decided to evacuate Hurricane Irma with a friend, instead of going alone. In a thread on Reddit, the man tells the story of him and his new friend.

Before Irma hit Florida, Reddit user danknissan went to the Humane Society of Miami and adopted a cat. He figured if he had to evacuate, he might as well not evacuate all by himself. He found and adopted a white and ginger kitten named Ryder and made a promise to her then that he’d make sure she got out of this storm safely.

After work the next day, the pair hit the road. “(It) was a 3 hour 30 minute trip. She slept for the first three hours but those last 30 minutes is when she got bored and spent it on my lap,” danknissan said. They rested for the night at a hotel in Sarasota, where he says the kitten cuddled up to him.

They stayed at a hotel in Sarasota for the night, and the kitty cuddled up to him, feeling safe and loved. However, they had to get a move on, again, when Irma started shifting her direction.

Danknissan wrote about the little kitten’s gratitude and how she was so calm and peaceful … as if she was just happy to have a companion.

“Now four days later, my kitty is potty trained, eating and drinking well, staying calm in the car during evacuation, and she is so active and loves her toys,” he said. “She has traveled more than 700 miles already.”



The pair is safe thus far and we are wishing them the absolute best together. The Hurricane has hurt many people and animals. In all this sadness, stories like this and others like it, remind us that we’re stronger together than we are apart.

Image source: danknissan/Reddit

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0 comments on “This Man Adopted a Kitten Right Before Irma Hit so He Could Have an Evacuation Companion!”

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Nancy Pariisi
7 Months Ago

Thank you so much for adopting this lovely little kitty. She looks so peaceful and content. I can\'t believe how good she is being riding in the car for hours, my cats cry, just taking them to the vets.May you both have a wonderful life together, i am so glad that you are both safe.

8 Months Ago

This is the kind of story that proves there is still hope for mankind. Thank you so much Dan.

8 Months Ago


PATRICIA KatWrangler
8 Months Ago

Your story and pictures made my heart soar. THANK YOU Dan, for rescuing Ryder - she lives up to her name <3
Prayers that you both are safe, warm, and happy. I know Ryder is :)

Jovy Jergens
8 Months Ago

Safe journey to you both! You share a monumental moment in history.

Alessandra Ferrari
8 Months Ago

Love you both!!

Silver wing
8 Months Ago


Patty M
8 Months Ago

Bless you Dan Knissen for your kind heart!


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