Rescue Pets of Instagram – Pandy the cat with human assistant Tisha Haney
Their Mutual Rescue story: My husband and I woke up on my 31st birthday, and I said “Let’s go look at the adoptable cats this morning. I’m not saying we have to adopt one because it’s my birthday… I just want to look!!” We got to the adoption event and there were several rows of cages stacked on each other. One cage at the end of the table had a litter of tiny kittens. A woman from the rescue group stepped forward and asked if we were interested in adopting a kitten. We both said “No, we’re just looking!” I then asked if I could just hold one of the kittens, and was given permission from the volunteer. I opened the cage and grabbed an adorable kitten who was sitting at the front. She was precious. Right then a young couple approached and said “I’m sorry, we’ve just adopted that kitten.” I handed her over, and sighed. When I turned back to the cage of kittens, to shut the door, I noticed the most gorgeous, fluffy kitten curled in a ball in the very back corner. I hadn’t seen her at first glance. She literally took my breath away. I reached in and grabbed the tiny ball of floof and held her to my chest. My heart was beating so fast. It was love at first cuddle. I looked at my husband with wide eyes, and he said “Let me hold her…” It took only a minute (both of us quietly staring at this ball of love), and he said “You’d better start filling out the paperwork!!!” I’m so glad that other couple stepped forward and adopted that first girl, because I never would’ve seen our perfect tiny girl at the back of the cage. I’ve said it more times than I can count, but Pandy’s $95 adoption fee is the best money we’ve ever spent.
In the 5+ years that we’ve had Pandy, she has brightened every single day. Not one day has gone by that she hasn’t made us laugh. She knows exactly what we need when we’re sad, stressed, anxious, worried, etc. She will jump on our laps and purr away our negative emotions. She exudes love and gratitude from every bit of her tiny, less-than-8-pound body! We’re still stumped at how much love can fit in such a tiny package. Before we adopted her, Pandy’s littermates were all found abandoned and taken to a local kill shelter. They were all put on the kill list. Thankfully a local cat rescue organization pulled the entire litter off the kill list, and helped them find homes. When I heard her backstory, I was shocked to find out that even healthy, young, highly adoptable kittens are euthanized daily in some shelters across the U.S. I vowed to always choose adoption, and to help as many shelter animals as I could during my lifetime. Pandy inspired me to start @RescuePetsOfInstagram, an Instagram account where I share successful adoption stories, and encourage everybody to adopt! The account grows each day, and more and more people are exposed to pet adoption. It thrills me to show the world the type of amazing animals that are at shelters, just waiting for a second chance. Pandy has rescued me, many times over. And thanks to her, shelter cats and pound puppies across the world are getting exposure on social media, and proving to us all that adoption is always the best option!
Rescue Pets of Instagram