They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, and cat lovers are no exception: they come in all shapes and sizes!
Two years ago, Susan McNair, founder of Kitten Inn in New Zealand, was startled when she heard a knock on the door at 3 am.
“A mountain of a man stood before me dressed in his leathers and very scruffy, he said he needed my help,” she recalled on the Kitten Inn Facebook page. “At first I will admit I was rather scared at the thought of opening my screen door, it was late at night and I was all alone. But then he reached into his jacket and pulled out the tiniest little kitten and I knew it was going to be alright.”
He explained that he had just left a party. Some girls there were carelessly handing the kitten around. He didn’t like how the innocent baby was being handled, so he took the kitten to bring her to safety.
“As he passed me over this little bundle I saw the tears well up in his eyes, he also gave me $100 to help with the kitten’s care,” McNair wrote. “He didn’t want to give me his name because he said his friends wouldn’t understand his love of cats.”
This big, burly man with a soft spot for kittens is proof that cat lovers come in many forms.
“I admit now I was wrong, I had judged him on what he looked like, not what was in his heart,” McNair said.
In honor of the “gentle giant,” this tiny kitten was named Harley.
Harley loved The Kitten Inn so much that it became her forever home, the staff and its residents becoming her family.
But there was something extra-special about this little girl: although she was bigger than some of the other kittens when she first arrived, as they grew, Harley stayed the very same size!
But don’t worry, this “‘forever kitten” is as healthy as she is happy!
At two years old, she’s a teeny, tiny 1.3 kg (or just under 3 pounds), about the size of a 12-week-old kitten. She’s a cuddle bug who just loves the other cats at the Inn, as well as the humans who work and volunteer there.
“‘Cute’ doesn’t come close to describing her and when she purrs her whole little body trembles,” McNair posted on Facebook.
We bet that Harley’s rescuer would be so proud to see her today! Thanks to him she has a wonderful life, and he proves that absolutely anyone can be a cat lover!
(h/t: Love Meow)