It might seem hard to believe but there are currently 70 million homeless dogs and cats living in the U.S. Some of these animals were born on the streets to feral populations but tragically, many others are abandoned and discarded pets. While it can be nearly incomprehensible to us, as animal lovers, that anyone would think to discard their pets, the reality is this happens all of the time. We have seen countless stories of people tossing their dogs on the side of the road or leaving their cats behind when they move and every time it breaks our hearts. As hard as it is to think about all of the cruel humans on the planet who would even think to do that, there are also many, many incredible individuals working to right all these horrible wrongs.

Just take Imgur user Falcorsauntie for example. This awesome animal over shared a photo with the simple caption “kitty,” that tells the story their furry friend.

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From being tossed in a box and thrown into a dumpster to happily celebrating their 21st birthday in a loving forever home, this cat has come a long way – all thanks to the kind person who saved them. We tend to forget that in the midst of so much sadness and abuse, we all have the power to make the world a kinder place for animals and all it takes is one simple action.

When we choose to adopt animals, we’re not only adding a new addition to our homes, in most cases, we’re literally saving their lives. This sweet cat is living proof that compassion can go a very, very long way.

So, if you are thinking about adding a four-legged friend to your home, consider adoption. Saving one animal might not change the world, but for that one animal the whole world is forever changed.

Rock on, Kitty – we hope there are many more happy years to come.

Image source: Falcorsauntie/Imgur