Neo, a little gray kitten born at a shelter to a newly homeless mother, formed a friendship with Eenie, another kitten found in the shelter. They were just a few weeks old at the time.
The kittens were then fortunate enough to be placed in foster homes. Neo went to one foster family with two of his siblings, while Eenie went to another.
“Neo was being fostered with two of his siblings,” Marjorie Royal of Animal Allies of Texas told The Dodo. “His brothers were then adopted as a group, leaving Neo behind.”
Neo began wailing as Neo’s foster mother loaded the other two kittens into the carrier to transport them to their new home. And he couldn’t stop himself.
He wept all day and sought to snuggle with his foster mom’s arm, as if it were another kitty.
Rescuers determined there was probably only one way to stop Neo from weeping.
“A great volunteer family went an hour each way to get Eenie so she could be with Neo,” Royal explained.
People weren’t sure if Eenie and Neo would remember each other when he arrived at Neo’s foster home. “They hadn’t been together in a long time,” Royal explained. “Most of the time, cats who are paired hiss at each other at first.” We weren’t sure it would work because they had been apart for a while.”
However, there was no hissing between Neo and Eenie. When they spotted each other, they immediately began playing. “They connected quickly, and there was no more weeping,” Royal added. They cuddled together and fell asleep clutching one other.
“Animals, like humans, have large hearts and feel pain,” Royal remarked. “We’d want to see these two adopted together.” Neo is a very affectionate cat. He won’t go through that again.”