It isn’t surprising that Tucker achieved viral fame this month after her story and photos were shared online. Tucker was born with genetic abnormalities that give her a sweetly sad looking expression on her adorable little face, and the shelter caring for her has been searching for a special home for her, where her needs can be met.
Tucker was relinquished by her owners and came into the care of Purrfect Pals in Arlington, Washington, and Purrfect Pals set out to find her the perfect home, one where her special needs could be well met and where she would be happy and loved.
Tracy Campion wrote about Tucker and Purrfect Pals’ search for a home for her in an article for the Seattle Pet Examiner on August 1 that reads, in part,:
Lil Bub is a beautiful, unique cat who was born with genetic mutations that give her an unusual appearance – and she has captured the hearts of animal lovers worldwide. Sweet Tucker was also born with genetic abnormalities and while she doesn’t aim to take the world by storm, she does hope to find a loving family of her own.
Tucker came to Purrfect Pals in Washington State when her owners could no longer keep her. Just like Lil Bub, she has an unusual appearance due to her genetic abnormalities, and just like Lil Bub, she’s very cute and lovable!
This unusual cat is looking for a very special home. Some of Tucker’s joints are constructed abnormally, so her new family will have to be careful to provide steps and other accommodations to make sure she doesn’t injure herself. Tucker also has an auto-immune disease that makes her skin very thin and easy to bruise. Additionally, she has hair loss because of the scabs that she pulls off.
At Purrfect Pals, Tucker has been kept dressed in tee shirts to prevent her from damaging her skin. Tucker enjoys sitting on laps and playing with string toys. This loving, unusual girl especially enjoys being pet under the chin and behind the ears. Tucker loves children, too, and she’s wonderful with them.
Tucker’s photos and story were picked up by media outlets from Buzzfeed to the New York Daily News and the UK tabloid The Mirror, among others. Meanwhile, Purrfect Pals searched locally for a family for Tucker.
Amid stories which , in some of the more splashy cases, said the shelter was conducting a desperate search for the perfect home for Tucker, that home was quietly being found.
Purrfect Pals wrote at Facebook Saturday with the happy news that Tucker had found the perfect home, saying:
“Many happy tears were shed this morning at Purrfect Pals! Thanks to the recent media attention Tucker received from the Seattle Pet Examiner and BuzzFeed, we were overwhelmed with inquiries from people all over the world who wanted to adopt her. There were many wonderful people interested, but we felt that one family in particular was the best fit. Katie works at a vet clinic and she and her husband have plenty of experience caring for special needs kitties. They actually already have a cat, Poe, with many of the same symptoms that Tucker has! His skin bruises and tears very easily and he also has similar leg deformities. Katie has protective outfits custom made for Poe and their house is already been kitty proofed with his special needs in mind. We couldn’t dream of a better match for Tucker! Tucker is now on her way home to meet her new dad and brother and we can’t wait to hear updates!”
Tracy Campion published an update in The Examiner, as well.
The attention given to Tucker and Purrfect Pals will have a lasting benefit for other pets in the shelter’s care, thanks to their increased visibility.
And Tucker gets her happy ending.