When people decide they want to add a pet to their home, they generally envision the perfect addition. Young, healthy, eager to learn, beautiful, sweet… the list goes on and on.
People who buy a puppy or kitten from a reputable breeder are buying for type, breed characteristics and longevity, since good breeders will have extensive records and screen for medical issues.
People who adopt a pet know that they may not be able to get as specific as they would like about their preferences. Their choices are limited to what critters are available, with all their little foibles and unique traits.
Sometimes, though, that’s the best way to go. Sometimes what we think we need isn’t what we need at all, and the animals we get from a shelter rescue us as much as we rescue them.
Maya started out life by being abandoned behind a Chinese restaurant, according to Bored Panda. She didn’t look like a typical cat, and perhaps that put someone off.
Whatever the case, she was taken into a rescue when she was just a kitten. And she stayed there. No one seemed to want her.
She looked a little unusual, sure, with her eyes peering in different directions and her face a little squishier than some cats’ — but she was adorable, sweet, and in need of a good home.
The shelter couldn’t find a family for her. They were considering putting her down when Odd Cat Sanctuary stepped in and snapped up the charmingly odd tabby.
Turns out, the kitten had a condition similar to Down syndrome, as she had an extra chromosome. And when Lauren and Harrison saw her, they were smitten with this adorable kitten.
They’ve had her for over a year, and it’s clear she’s been the perfect addition to their family. While she has some problems with her sight, that doesn’t keep her from doing all the typical cat things that kitties are known for.
She’s famous, too, which is more than many cats can boast. She has her own social media accounts, and she even has a book out, which can be purchased on Amazon.
“Meet Maya,” her Facebook story states. “We adopted her from Odd Cat Sanctuary. They saved her from being euthanized because no one wanted to adopt her. (But we did!)”
“Maya has a chromosomal abnormality, but she’s just like any other cat. She likes to explore. She likes to play. She likes to take naps.”
“And most importantly, she wants everyone to know that being different is something to celebrate!”
Maya’s become a symbol of how important love and acceptance are. She’s clearly living the good life with people who, instead of merely looking past her physical differences, embraced them.
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