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Viral Photo Gets Kids a Pet and Gives Shelter Cat a Home

“Hey FACEBOOK! MEOW MEOW MEOW My sister & I REALLY want a CAT! My Papa PROMISES we can get one if we can get 1000 LIKES! PLEASE like this picture! Thank you .”

7 year old Remi Urbano of Newton, MA entered into a bet with his father Dan Urbano after his pleas to have a cat went unheard. Remi and Dan agreed that if Mom Marisa Urbano could get 1,000 Facebook ‘Likes’ on a photo of Remi and his 1 year old sister Evelyn holding up a sign asking for the likes so they could get a cat, Dad would relent. Marisa uploaded the photo on November 7, expecting to cajole likes from friends and friends of friends. The image went viral though, exceeding all expectations and  leading to well over 100,000 likes and shares, as well as massive support for the little boy and his quest.

Dad kept his word, and a kitty formerly called Sparrow became Hairyette Pawturr on Saturday when the Urbano family adopted her from Gifford Cat Center, in Brookline. Harriet is already showing a special fondness for Remi and is settling in at her new home.


“Picking up Hairyette (seemed more fitting) Pawturr the first (we think) in t-minus 40 minutes. Excitement cannot be contained.”


“Yeah!!! She’s finally ours! All belted in next to her new BFF and ready to head home.”


The family appeared in a short segment on Good Morning America this morning. Unfortunately, footage featuring the Gifford Cat Center did not make it into the piece. You can visit the shelter at their website, and at their Ellen M. Gifford Shelter Facebook page.



“Settling in nicely. She definitely has a favorite.”


“Sweet Hairyette. Home for good!”


The Gifford Cat Shelter is a cageless, no-kill facility in Brighton, MA. The mission of Gifford Cat Shelter is to take in homeless cats, provide them with high quality care in a cageless and no-kill environment, and find healthy and loving permanent homes for them.

Founded in 1884 and sponsored by Ellen Gifford, the shelter was a pioneer in creating an environment that did not confine animals to small, movement-restricting cages.  Originally a shelter for all animals, Gifford eventually became a shelter for cats.

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    November 12, 2012 9:36 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jane Skreslet

    I’m happy that you saved a cat from death, and I know after all the effort the children went to get their pet, that your home will be a loving and secure one for lucky Hairyette. She has an awesome name as well. Cheers from Canada.

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    November 13, 2012 10:34 amPosted 2 years ago
    Katie Grause

    I’m SO glad this lovely lady has a great new home! I’m proud to say that I liked the photo myself and so happy a little boy has fulfilled his mission for a fuzzy friend :c)

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    December 8, 2012 11:41 amPosted 2 years ago

    What a cute story keep us posted with picture of your new kitty hun.

  • December 12, 2012 12:38 amPosted 2 years ago

    A few months ago i would have been so happy to see this article. Now just praying it works out for them – sometimes you should be so careful what you wish for. My son wanted a kitten of his own and now we have one but she has FIP! deadly virus and shelter animals in the USA are so prone to it :(

  • January 4, 2013 12:21 amPosted 2 years ago

    Amazing. Love the pictures, the ide the concept, and love that its a rescue cat. This is fabulous. I LOVE IT


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