#ShelterSunday: Thriving

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Pee Wee was not expected to survive. He was scooped up from the streets of New York City, a frail and lonely kitten, by Animal Control. Danica was also a weak and starving kitten, picked up in Philadelphia. Their respective rescuers did not have the resources to provide them with the lifesaving care they so desperately needed to survive, so they turned to Animal Alliance, our #MonthlyMojo shelter for September.

It was uncertain whether either kitten would make it, but Animal Alliance gave them round-the clock care. Within a few weeks of specialized care and some serious TLC, Danica regained her health and became a playful kitten again, and Pee Wee slowly fought his way back from the brink. But they gained more than just their lives and their health; they also bonded with each other, forming a unique friendship.

Meanwhile, longtime Animal Alliance supporters Renee and Dave had lost their beloved cat, Alice. They were devastated when she passed away, but knew they needed another cat in their lives. They went to the Animal Alliance website, and started looking at Danica, who reminded Renee of Alice. One morning, they came to a decision, and submitted their adoption application. By this time, Pee Wee had also recovered, and Renee and Dave agreed to take him as well.

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Danica goes by the name Frances now. She was a bit cautious at first, but soon learned to love her new home and her new humans. She loves to be petted and brushed, purrs loudly, and makes cute little bird noises at mealtimes. Ever adaptable, Pee Wee has grown into a happy-go-lucky cat who loves to explore and make new friends. They're really living the life! They groom each other, and take lots of naps, and of course they play. Turns out their favorite toy is Jackson Galaxy's Spiral Cat Toy!

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As so often happens, Pee Wee and Frances make us wonder just who rescued who. Renee and Dave were heartbroken over the loss of their little Alice. They can never replace her, but Pee Wee and Frances have brought them closer together and given them laughter, love, and a renewed sense of family. What could possibly be more important than that?