According to the National Kitten Coalition, roughly 3.4 million cats enter U.S. animal shelters every single year.
Of those, it’s estimated that approximately 1.4 million are euthanized annually — simply because they couldn’t find a loving forever family.
Ares was one of the lucky ones. Just before New Year’s Eve 2017, he and his sister found their way to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Door County Campus as strays.
Just a few weeks later, Alana Hadley visited this Sturgeon Bay shelter and fell in love with the handsome kitten.
She eagerly inquired about his sibling Aphrodite too, but there was already an adoption pending.
So adorable little Ares accompanied Hadley home as a solo act. Everything seemed OK until that very first night when he began meowing non-stop.
Certainly, kittens can sometimes make noises when they’re lonely, uncertain, or afraid. So Hadley presented Ares with his very own stuffed animal for snuggly comfort.
Unfortunately, Ares decided this cute inanimate critter was not going to cut it. And thus the meowing went on … and on … and on.
Ultimately, Hadley opted to send a message to the shelter. “He has been almost non-stop meowing until he goes to sleep,” read her note, “and then meows again when he’s awake.”
As fate would have it, Aphrodite’s pending adoption actually fell through the very next day. So an excited Hadley immediately whisked Ares back to the facility for a joyful reunion.
Both siblings seemed so ecstatic to see each other that Hadley adopted Aphrodite on the spot.
Once the whole kit and caboodle returned home, Hadley assured the shelter that this had indeed been the “purrrrr-fect” solution.
“They both love to cuddle and purr like crazy when we are holding them,” she said in a follow-up message.
“They sleep most of the day,” she explained, “and they cuddle each other when they sleep!”
A more recent update from Hadley reveals that both kitties are doing magnificently well as a matched set.
Maybe Ares somehow understood all along that Aphrodite was the legendary Greek goddess of love.
UPDATE, April 27, 2019: Door County Campus – Wisconsin Humane Society shared an adoption update for Aphrodite and Ares with their Facebook followers on Jan. 28, 2019.
“It’s been one year since then, and the bonded brother-sister duo are doing great! Their love for each other truly runs deep. We are so glad they get to grow up together! Happy endings like this wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated supporters, volunteers, and staff and for that, we are truly grateful.”
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