I was asked to share a special & personal adoption story in light of the 25 million pets adopted through @petfinder. I couldn't think of a story more special and inspiring than Roo's. .
For those who don't know, Roo was born with genetic abnormalities & was rescued by someone who witnessed him cruelly being thrown into a lake. He was adopted out shortly after, still a kitten.
Three years later he was returned emaciated. He was missing patches of fur, skittish, & in an adoption room surrounded by gorgeous cats.
He sat at the shelter, skipped over for 6 months until we met him, and fell in love with all of the reasons that one person literally threw him away & another neglected him, returning him like a defective product. Where they saw deformities & some neurological challenges we saw uniqueness, a sweet personality that was dying to be loved, & a cat that deserved a chance.
He has a condition called radial hypoplasia which is why his front legs are bent, & has abnormally large rear legs so he can stand up steady. He has crossed eyes, big ears, & a crooked tail but we all of those things about him! We chose him for the very reasons others looked away.
He was very skittish when we first got him but he looks so much different & has gone from a scared boy to a very affectionate trusting/friendly boy who jumps at every chance to occupy lap space. His purrs are so self rewarding & a daily reminder of how one man's trash can be another's treasure.
We hope Roo's story has inspired you to consider adopting a "special needs" pet. As much as we've changed his life, he's also changed ours. He has proven that something so beautiful can lie beneath an "imperfect" exterior. We feel like the lucky ones in this happy ending. .
Join us in celebrating Petfinder's 20th anniversary by sharing your special adoption story. Use hashtag #MetOnPetFinder so together, we can inspire more people to find their Furever fur kids through adoption. Click on the link in my Instagram bio to see how it works especially if you have room for another fur kid or go to www.petfinder.com.
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