We all know about the 12 Days of Christmas—the famous holiday carol about a lucky recipient receiving a series of gifts from their loved one. Although gifts can be a nice gesture, most can agree that the true joy of Christmas is being able to spend time at home surrounded by friends and family. Pets are entitled to the same comforts during the holidays, but unfortunately for the thousands of abandoned pets across the country, this isn’t always the case.
There are those pets who are lucky enough to receive the gift of love during the holidays—including those who may have not been ever able to experience this luxury before. In light of the season of giving, we’re offering 12 heartwarming pet adoption stories. These once-abandoned pets finally found their forever homes and are able to spend this Christmas surrounded by the best gift of all—love.
By Nikki Naser
We call her Little One, although the neighbors call her Midnight, and sometimes people call her the “stairwell kitty.” No matter which name she answers to, this sweet creature has a happy cat adoption story.
I don’t really remember when this cat rescue pet story began. It has to be at least 2 ½ years since we found her quietly sitting on our apartment building’s back staircase. We soon realized she didn’t belong to anyone in the complex, so we started including her in the morning and afternoon feedings of our other pets—a 13-year-old longhaired orange cat, a black Maine Coon who is also 13, and a black and white Choodle of 7 years.
She was very skittish and shell-shocked at first, and still is to some degree. I’m not sure what her life was like before, but she was definitely scared, and we think her pet story began when she was abandoned by someone who moved away. Little One soon won over several neighbors, and one couple took her to the vet for shots. It turns out she was fixed and in great health. This kitty claimed the gated garden area as her own territory, and in a month or so, was letting us pet her, although she still won’t allow the other neighbors to do so.
Little One has a lot of fans who look out for her whenever she needs us. One night as we returned home, we heard a distant howl coming from our building. We searched for our stairwell kitty everywhere, and finally spotted her stuck on a ledge that was about 15 feet high and 10 feet down from the roof. Luckily, the couple who had taken her to the vet worked as acrobats who have performed in Cirque du Soleil and in clubs in Miami Beach. We called, and they quickly rushed over, hopped up to the roof and onto the ledge, and rescued her in under 5 minutes. I think it was then that Little One realized she was very much cared for and protected from any dangers she might face. And we also realized that although we weren’t allowed to have another pet in our apartment, this adorable kitty was still going to be part of our furry family.
Nowadays, Little One always stays within the front garden area, gets regular cat flea treatments and goes to the vet for checkups, just like our other pets. Sometimes she’ll come inside and curl up on the bed for some cuddles. She even evacuated with us during Hurricane Irma, and the whole family weathered the storm together. She’s truly become a part of our lives and our hearts, and we can’t imagine not being a part of her cat adoption pet story.
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Nikki Naser, BeChewy Senior Editor
Instead of owning 30 cats, Nikki has an impressive collection of 30 cat-themed T-shirts, and just 4 pets—a ginger-haired senior cat, a senior Maine Coon, a middle-aged Choodle, and a young kitty who showed up one day on the back steps. A former Orlando resident, Nikki worked on several tourism publications before moving to South Beach. When she’s not stopping to take pics of community cats to post on Instagram, Nikki spends her time with the office pets at Chewy, writing for their BeChewy blog.