“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.
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.
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.