Sometimes love at first sight can change your whole life. Such was true for a tuxedo cat named George when his future owner, Kaitlin Zezeski, saw his photo on Petfinder.com and immediately fell in love.
She called Griffin Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania, several times that week to make sure George was still available. “I couldn’t get there fast enough.”
George doesn’t look like other cats. When he was just a homeless kitten living on the streets, an animal attacked him and he nearly died. An elderly couple found him and saved his life, nursing him back to health for as long as they could before giving him to a local rescue group. George bounced around a lot between foster homes and rescue groups before eventually ending up at Griffin Pond.
Though George was skinny and a little scared when Zezeski first brought him to her home in Scranton at the age of 1, he had learned how to be social through his various foster homes. “He was full of love immediately,” she said.
There was plenty of love to go around. Zezeski already had two male cats at her home, Mr. Belvedere and Thumbs, and was concerned about bringing a third male into the mix, especially because the two cats were already inseparable, the best of friends.
Turns out, she didn’t need to worry at all. “The day I brought him home, the three of them became immediate friends,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it! No hissing or aggression of any kind. I knew immediately that George was a part of our family.”
Eventually, that family grew to include more rescue cats for George to play with. Now one of five cats, George has grown up as part of a herd: Thumbs, a 5-year-old flame point polydactyl Siamese mix; Mr. Belvedere, a 5-year-old Russian blue mix with a heart murmur; Queen Latifah, an 8-month-old black kitten; and her littermate, Blue. “It usually sounds like a stampede in my apartment,” she said. “I feel bad for my downstairs neighbors.”
“I remember the first time George sat on my lap,” Zezeski said. “I was sitting on the couch watching TV and he jumped up on the couch. I pet him for a minute, expecting him to jump back down, and he started walking toward me. He curled up like a shrimp on my lap and my heart just melted. At that moment, I knew George fully trusted me and loved me. Now he won’t leave my side!”
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