A month ago, a small kitten found himself wandering the streets, searching for food scraps to survive. He caught the attention of Donna, an animal rescuer, when her veterinarian, Dr. Sue, sent her a message about the kitten spotted outside a local McDonald's. Dr. Sue had seen the little one lying in a parking space, but the skittish kitten would not let anyone near him.
Donna immediately went to the location the following day, but the kitten was nowhere to be found. She noticed food bowls left behind by people who had attempted to help him. Determined to find the kitten, she returned again to continue her search. Finally, she spotted him by the highway, right next to heavy traffic with semi-trailers and cars constantly passing by. Donna's heart sank, fearing for the kitten's safety.
In order to catch him safely, Donna set a humane trap with smelly food and waited by her car. When she checked, the trap had clicked shut, and it was 6:37 AM. She had successfully caught the kitten. She realized that this poor creature had either been abandoned or hitched a ride in a vehicle. Looking back at local posts, Donna discovered that someone else had posted about him wandering the streets a month ago. With the help of Dr. Sue, the kitten, now named Mickey D, was safe.
Mickey D was treated for fleas and worms and was also neutered. However, when he arrived at his foster home, he was still scared and slept in a litter box instead of his comfortable bed. With patience and treats, Mickey gradually came out of his shell and began to enjoy being petted. He flourished in his foster home, free from the noise and uncertainty of the streets. Mickey played with toys, cherished his bed and blankets, and happily napped.
When Mickey was ready to find his forever home, he went to the adoption floor at the Cats Are People, Too! Club, hoping to meet the right family. Although he snuggled up to another shy kitten, there was no interest in adopting him for two weeks. Mickey returned to his foster home, feeling stressed at the shelter. However, as soon as he arrived home, he showed his happiness by purring and playing like a lively kitten again.
Mickey formed a strong bond with his foster brother, Oliver, an orange tabby. They became best friends, with Oliver acting as Mickey's mentor. After a month without any potential adopters, Audrey and her family, who had known Donna for years, expressed interest in adopting Mickey and a feline companion. Audrey was ready to open her heart again after the loss of her beloved cats.
Mickey and Oliver went to their new home and quickly turned it into a playground. Oliver demanded attention from people and greeted them at the door, while Mickey watched him and followed his lead. The two friends raced around the house before bedtime and filled the days with playful antics.
With a loving family and Oliver by his side, Mickey grew brave and even behaved well during vet visits. Donna, seeing them thriving and showered with love, felt an overwhelming sense of joy. Mickey was truly living his best life.