If you already have tears in your eyes because some callous owners dumped their 18-year-old cat at a shelter because “they didn’t want cat hair,” please dry your eyes. This story has a happy ending.
On Reddit, user DoctaEiffel posted a photo of Pumpkin the Ginger Tabby, and told the tale about the cat having been abandoned by her family into an unnamed shelter. Since the heartbreaking ordeal, Pumpkin had to have endured, she has since been adopted and appeared to be in good health.
Her photo showed Pumpkin lying on a comforter with one paw stretched out in front of her looking quite comfortable. It didn’t take long before the photo and the explanation elicited hundreds of responses and went viral.
Here are some:
“How the hell did you go without a pet after 18 years?,” asked DancesWithElectrons.
“Such people are empty and hollow. If you behave this way towards an animal, then you act this way towards people. This is how you behave towards your child. If someone treats an animal badly, he will treat everyone badly when given the opportunity,” posted Burens.
“You don’t throw away people or animals that you really love,” CreaTrish wrote.
Pumpkin is one of the lucky cats – she was adopted. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3.2 million cats enter shelters annually, and sadly only 1.6 are adopted into new homes. That just isn’t fair.