While many humans were able to evacuate their homes and bring their pets to safety in preparation for Hurricane Matthew, things played out a little differently for homeless animals. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 70 million stray animals living life on the streets instead of the security of a forever home or animal shelter. Even if we divide that number by 50 states, that’s a staggering number of animals who should not be sentenced to a life of struggling to survive every day. Luckily, the tiny kitten in the photos below narrowly escaped what could have been a terrible fate. Thanks to a nameless rescuer, he was saved from the torrential downpours and powerful winds of Hurricane Matthew and was brought to Banfield Pet Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina where he could receive proper treatment. Lucky for him, he was in good health, so he joined the ranks of adoptable cats and was found particularly charming by Twitter user crysomemore, who shared the following photos.
After his rescue from the store, the tiny kitten received a custom-tailored sweater that was upcycled from a tiny sock. Note his minimalist sense of style. So chic.
Not long after his rescue, a family looking to adopt a cat fell in love with his fuzzy good looks and the former homeless kitten went home with them that day.
We’re so glad this little kitten found a home so quickly and we wish him the best of luck with his forever family. While this cutie had a happy ending, he most likely came from a family of stray cats with a mother and a litter of siblings who were left in the storm. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but we have the power to make life better for these animals. By agreeing to never purchase a pet from a pet shop and always adopting instead, you are not only saving the life of your new best friend, but you are also opening up space in the shelter for somebody new.
When it comes to feral kitties like this little guy likely was, there are a number of ways that you can help. To learn more, read the following articles:
- Tips on Caring for Feral Cats Year-Round and What Not To Do
- Get Involved to Improve the Lives of Feral Cats Through Trap-Neuter-Return
All image source: crysomemore/Twitter