We adore our fluffy felines, but we’re aware that cats aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Whenever we dare utter that we prefer cats to dogs, we’re met with a slew of remarks from haters and naysayers claiming that cats are the worst thing that happened to humans. “Cats are mean,” we hear them scream because they’ve been bitten by strays for trying to touch them without consent.
“Come on, your cat doesn’t even like you, she doesn’t wait for you to come home from work and she doesn’t wiggle her tail when you talk to her,” we agree that cats and dogs are different to settle the debate and end the conversation.
But we know we can never win because cats are seen as reserved, detached, and standoffish by people who don’t know anything about cats.
Before anyone argues how we don’t know what we’re talking about, there are scientific studies that suggest cats prefer hanging out with humans to eating food. Yes, that’s right. Cats might be self-sufficient and self-reliant, but they’re attached to humans more than they’re comfortable admitting.
Cats are empathetic, caring, and cute, and there’s nothing we adore more than to prove the people who hate cats wrong. We’re bringing you a story about Peter, the sweetest ginger and white tabby that’s going to change everyone’s perspective on cats. Where do we even start?
When Genesee County Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats took to Facebook to share Peter’s story and try to find a forever home for the affectionate tabby, they didn’t know what to expect. Peter was affectionate and appreciative. He wanted to hang out with everyone. He was huge but he wanted to be held.
When the shelter posted the photos, they mentioned that Peter was neutered and that they’d want nothing more than to find the perfect family that would spoil this gentle giant.
They knew Peter would attract attention, but they didn’t know that the photos would go viral within the first few hours of posting. They were over the moon when everyone started praising Peter for how cute and cuddly he was.
Peter had been rescued off the streets seven months prior, but the shelter struggled to find him a forever home. They turned to Facebook because they didn’t know how to help him, but they didn’t even dream they’d receive the type of comments they did.
Everyone was obsessed with Peter!
When they saw the photos that the shelter posted, the first thing they noticed was that he was a huge cat with a short, soft coat, odd markings, pretty eyes, and a big purrsonality.
He was cuddling with one of the caregivers at the shelter, holding onto her shoulders, and smooching her nose. He was showing off, looking at the camera, and smiling.
By the end of the day, twenty-eight people came to the shelter to meet Peter. Before the staff at the shelter figured out what was going on, Peter was adopted. Melissa Graham saw the Facebook post and rushed to Genesee County Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats to see whether she could meet Peter.
When the two saw each other, everyone knew they’d be going home together. Peter embraced Melissa right away. He hopped on top of her and started hugging her and smooching her nose. He kept looking back at the caregiver like he was saying “Are you seeing this?! She came here to get me!”
Melissa couldn’t hide her feelings, either. She was surprised at how calm and collected Peter was. She was holding onto him like she was afraid he’d run away. But he didn’t.
Peter snuggled with her for the rest of the day like he knew he was going home with her. Melissa filled out the paperwork and went home with Peter.
But wait, that’s not the end of the story. Before Peter went home with Melissa that day, he managed to get ten other shelter cats adopted, too.
When the people who saw the Facebook post about Peters started arriving at the shelter, the staff at the shelter greeted them with the news that Peter found a forever home.
Everyone was happy for Peter, and the shelter took the chance to show them a few of the other cats that were available for adoption. Even though the people came for Peter, they were more than happy to hang out with other cats.
At the end of the day, Genesee County Animal Shelter Dogs and Cats came to the conclusion that Peter managed to get ten cats adopted. Most of the people that day might have arrived at the shelter thinking they’d meet Peter, but that didn’t stop them from adopting the cute cats that didn’t get a Facebook post.
And, Peter was happy that he wasn’t the only one getting a forever family that day.
We’re bawling our eyes out over here! We’re rooting for you, Peter, and we’re praying you have a happy and healthy life!