As one man did his job in the Florida heat, he had no idea that his heart would soon be melting. However, his shift was about to take an eventful turn. And when, during the course of his work, he came across three cowering creatures, he vowed then and there to do all he could for the terrified trio.
In June 2017 an imgur member who uses the handle PuppyGotPeopleToBarkAtAndThingsToSniff69 was minding his own business at work. He was simply doing his job at a conference taking place in the Marriott World Center to the south of the city of Orlando. But, at some point during his duties there, something furry caught his eye.
Specifically, he noticed three tiny creatures huddled together in a corner just outside the conference center space. From what the man could see of them, moreover, the trio looked “scared and overheated.” And as they had no business among the delegates at the high-end hotel, he subsequently decided to figure out what they were doing there.
The man’s first port of call was the four-star hotel’s parking lot, close to the conference center. He approached a valet, who, as it turned out, knew exactly where the creatures had come from. According to the valet, the three animals had been sheltering in a car’s engine bay. But when something disturbed them, he saw them flee their hiding place and run towards the center.
The imgur user then returned to the center determined to assist the skittish creatures but also not to frighten them in the process. So, he decided to approach them slowly. And as he got closer, he was rewarded with the most adorable sight. He realized that they were three tiny kittens – one black, one tabby and one gray – all cuddled up together in the corner.
The baby animals were so small, in fact, that the man felt a paternal rush. Indeed, he forgot about the job he was supposed to be doing and instead put his kitty care cap on. As a result, he went in search of supplies he could use to help them. And the man came across a cardboard box, which he used to scoop the kittens up and transport them to his home.
Then, once the man had got the tiny cats home, he was able to supply them with all the food, water and shelter they needed. Furthermore, as he cared for the kittens, a loving bond began to develop between them. But no matter how much he wanted to, there was no way the man could keep the adorable animals.
As may be gleaned from his imgur name, PuppyGotPeopleToBarkAtAndThingsToSniff69 already had a house guest. “Hopefully [I’ll] find them permanent homes,” he wrote online. “They have warmed up to me and I already love them. Unfortunately, I can’t keep them because I have a dog that plays too rough with small animals.”
He wrote this under a picture of the furry threesome he posted online. If he could show the world how cute they were, they could catch the attention of a potential adoptee. In fact, he made it his mission to find the kittens the perfect family. “I’m flooding social media and anywhere I can to give them good homes,” he explained.
In the end, he pinned all his hopes on the online image sharing site imgur. “I know Florida has a lot of imgur users,” he posted to the site on June 12, 2017. “So, I’m hoping that some [exposure] on here will help. I will feed them, love them and give them all the socializing until then.”
And thanks to the love and dedication he showed caring for them, the kittens soon came out of their shells, transforming from frightened and timid little animals into the most loving and playful pets. Indeed, the tiny felines enjoyed nothing more than receiving head scratches and chin rubs from their temporary carer.
Since the internet just adores kittens, it’s probably no surprise that the three cute little creatures were soon in hot demand online. In no time at all, in fact, more than 32,000 people had viewed their foster dad’s imgur pictures and story. And many of them felt the need to add their best wishes to the comment section below.
Alongside the kind words for PuppyGotPeopleToBarkAtAndThingsToSniff69’s post were many adoption offers. “I’ll legit take them. I’m in Longwood,” read a comment from a local hopeful. Meanwhile, another individual said, “If you still have the black or grey one, I would love to adopt one! I work in downtown at the intersection of 50 and Magnolia.”
And, in the end, it didn’t take long for the man to find all three kittens loving forever homes. “They’ve all been adopted,” he revealed happily on imgur, just days after posting his original plea. However, he hoped that that wouldn’t be the last he saw of his beloved kittens. “If you take them, you’ll have to send me pictures of them for life,” he warned their adoptive applicants.
PuppyGotPeopleToBarkAtAndThingsToSniff69’s online followers welcomed the good news about the successful adoptions and applauded his animal altruism. “Thank you for rescuing them,” one of them gushed on imgur. “May they find loving forever homes. You are a good person. I wish the world had more people like you.”
What’s more, it didn’t take long for one of the kittens’ adopters to make good on their promise to keep their foster father updated. An imgur user simply called doggosandcats took to the site to share an update on their new feline friend.
Doggosandcats was one half of a couple who had adopted the little gray kitten and named it Anastasia. Apparently, in her new home Anastasia was treated to healthy food and a nice bath, before her humans had introduced her to their other pet – a dog called Valerie. And, fortunately, the four-legged housemates had hit it off straight away.
Doggosandcats posted on the site, “[Anastasia] is obviously loving up on our border collie Valerie. They’ve been cuddling (under supervision, of course!) for hours and they won’t leave each other.” And the heartwarming news continued. “For now, Valerie is convinced that the kitten is her pup and is in mom mode,” they added.
“She’s loving, adorable and has quite an appetite,” her human added about Anastasia. “Vet appointment will come soon! Once again thank you to the awesome imgurian who saved these kittens. You’re the sweetest.” And, it seemed as if people couldn’t get enough of the adorable Anastasia; doggosandcats’ update even ended up on imgur’s front page.
And thanks to Anastasia’s online popularity, her human vowed to keep her updates coming. “The kitten is doing amazing,” doggosandcats later wrote. “She’s currently asleep in her sock after drinking her milk. Valerie learned to not boop the hell out of poor Anastasia. So far so good, I promise to update and post more adorable pictures!” So – as they say – watch this space.