21 Cat Adoption Photos That Will Melt Your Heart
These cats were in dire straights until their rescuers came along and gave them a second chance at life. Get ready to see some amazing before and after cat adoption photos.
Johanne was just four months old when a stranger found her on the street and brought her into PetitsPawz. Susan Mackasey, president of PetitsPawz, immediately took her to the vet where Johanne spent over a month healing and recovering from worm infestation, anemia, and dehydration. When she was released from the vet, Mackasey brought Johanne home to foster her while she waited for a forever home, but then poor Johanne developed an upper respiratory infection. She fought that and slowly gained back her health again. By then, Mackasey was undeniably smitten with the now loving and vibrant kitten and adopted her. Johanne is now a healthy adult cat who loves affection, treats, and belly rubs. Discover the 17 things you never knew about your own cat.
Noelle and Neil Burke regularly feed and shelter stray cats outside their home. One day a cat showed up that Neil was certain was feral because he darted away when they approached him. It took about ten days, but the cat finally trusted Neil enough to let him pet him and pick him up. The couple decided they would take this little guy into their home, but knew he needed veterinary care before he could mingle with their other inside cats. Unfortunately, a prior business commitment took the Burke’s out of town before they could get this new cat medical care, then when they got back the cat was nowhere to be found. Luckily, he came back! They found him sleeping on their front porch and immediately took him to the vet. The cat, now named Wheels, has won over the hearts of everyone he meets, including all his virtual fans on his Instagram account. Before you adopt an animal, make sure to avoid these common mistakes.
Refugee came to Motley Zoo Animal Rescue looking like a mutant bat with bulging eyes and her health was in such dire straights the staff didn’t know if she would pull through. But Refugee is one feisty and spunky girl. Jme Thomas, executive director of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, was amazed at Refugee’s transformation. She grew and thrived each day. Thomas decided she wanted to adopt the miracle cat herself but already had a cat at home who hadn’t been keen on other cats in the house before. Luckily, Refugee won the other cat over with her big attitude and soft heart. Refugee is now a fluffy and gorgeous cat and is happy to pose for her own Facebook page. These are the major health benefits of owning a pet.
Beth McRae/The McRae Agency
Beth McRae is known as a “foster failure,” meaning she adopted a kitten she was fostering. Chewy is sure glad Beth “failed” because she might not be alive today without the care of McRae and the Arizona Humane Society. When she was brought in, the kitten was weak and malnourished. McRae nursed her back to health before naming her Chewbacca, after the beloved Star Wars’ character because they have similar brown fur. Today, Chewy is healthy and vibrant and acts more like a dog than a cat. McRae swears Chewy knows that she was saved and thanks them every day with her loving personality.
Remy was a very sick kitten when he was picked up by animal control. His eyes were infected and swollen completely shut and he was very weak. Animal control reached out to Secondhand Hounds (despite the name, they also have cat foster and adoption services) to try to save him. He was put on strong antibiotics and was given blood serum to boost his system that was actually donated by a dog that was also being fostered by the rescue. Remy bounced back quickly and got healthy enough for adoption. He found a forever home where he happily watches birds out the window, climbs curtains, and gets into daily mischief.
Kizzie came to Secondhand Hounds as a six-day-old orphaned kitten. A devoted foster mom bottle-fed Kizzie every two hours for two months because she was so weak. Once she was healthy, she was ready for adoption. Today she is a darling cat with a strong and sassy personality, living a wonderful life with her adopted family.
Mouse was literally stuck to the ground on his way to freezing to death in subzero temperatures when he was found. He had severe frostbite on his paw pads and ears and his ear tissue was so damaged that it died and fell off. Thankfully, he made an otherwise full recovery and was adopted by his foster mom. Now, Mouse gets to keep other cats warm and snuggly by being the big foster brother to many other cats that come through Secondhand Hounds waiting for their forever homes.
Pure Breds Plus/Connie Habash
This beautiful Siamese was dumped off at a high-kill shelter with his sibling. Pure Breds Plus in Santa Cruz, California rescued both cats for adoption. His sister was adopted, but people passed on him, probably due to his age (he was 11 at the time), shyness, and anxiety. Meanwhile, Connie Habash and her family had just started searching for a cat and saw Milo on the Pure Breeds Plus website. Santa Cruz was an hour away though so she decided to look closer to home. But each time she found another cat it just didn’t feel quite right. While her search continued, she checked back frequently to see if Milo was still available. One day she realized there was a reason she wasn’t finding a cat close to home. Milo was meant to be with her family! Although he is still a bit skittish, he has settled into his new home and enjoys the occasional snuggle session on Connie’s lap. Make sure you’re not guilty of making these 12 common mistakes when it comes to your own kitty.
This scruffy little guy was found as a stray full of fleas and covered in feces. He desperately needed medical attention but the shelter could only do so much to help poor McGregor. Thankfully, PetConnect Rescue was able to pull this sweet guy from the shelter and get him the veterinary care he needed. With lots of love and a bath, McGregor cleaned up nicely! He now enjoys clean living in his forever home with a loving family. This is the real power of adoption.
Kenny was found by a PETA fieldworker “working the pumps” at a rural Virginia gas station. His charming disposition proved a successful way to get handouts from the people who were gassing up. The cat was such an effective panhandler that employees said that the shop was constantly running out of cat food because customers were always buying it to feed to the silver tabby. But a gas station is no place for a cat. The PETA worker gently coaxed Kenny to go back to the Norfolk, Virginia shelter where he would get the proper attention he needed and eventually, a forever home.