Lahmia Mareeal Marano received a text message from a friend who works at a veterinary clinic, and when she opened it, she saw a photo of Maxx, a 16-year-old cat, looking back at her.
Despite the fact that Maxx was in wonderful health, his owner had walked in and requested that he be put to death, according to her acquaintance. They were working so hard to prevent that from happening by finding him a new home.
Marano told The Dodo, “I tried my hardest to find him a home and I almost did, but they couldn’t accept him in the end. “On that Thursday, I was informed that Maxx would be put to sleep at the owner’s wish if he couldn’t find a home. The next day, I hopped in my car and traveled the hour and a half to retrieve him because I simply couldn’t let it happen.
Although Marano hadn’t intended to get another cat, she felt drawn to Maxx and knew she had to take care of him. The finest things in life occasionally don’t go as planned.
“When I met Maxx, he was obviously very upset and very chatty, but I think he knew I was there to save him,” Marano said. “He immediately butted my head. In that moment, I knew he was meant to be mine.”
While Maxx had been grumpy and confused because of everything that was going on, as soon as he met his new mom, he immediately calmed down. He seemed to know that she was there to take him home — and that’s exactly what she did.
Maxx’s previous owner had a long list of concerns about him when he was originally taken to the veterinarian, but since Marano took him home, he’s been the ideal addition to her family. He didn’t have any trouble settling in, and his favorite activity is to follow his new mother around and tell her how much he loves her.
Maxx adapted well to the group and immediately discovered his favorite spot: the sink, said to Marano. He talks a lot, and we occasionally have lengthy chats. I believe he is aware of his safety with me. He follows me about and watches over me when I take a shower, just like he did on the day I first brought him home.
When Marano first got that text from her friend, she had no idea it would end up with her adopting a 16-year-old cat, but now, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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