Blind kitten finds home after thousands of shares to Facebook post

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Proving the power of social networking, a little blind kitten from Orange County, Florida found a home within a day of his photo being posted to Facebook.

Orange County Animal Services posted Murdock’s photo to Facebook Wednesday, writing: “We have a unique kitty in need of a special home. Meet Murdock (A324347)! He’s a 2-month-old friendly blind kitten. He loves to be held and petted. He is currently available for adoption at Orange County Animal Services.”

After well over a thousand ‘likes’ and more than 2,600 shares, the shelter received numerous inquiries about the cute little special needs kitten. Due to Murdock’s small size – he weighs 1.13 pounds – he had to find a family living within Orange County, because he needs to be adopted on a foster-to-adopt basis, where he will come back to the shelter for vet checks and weigh-ins until he is ready to be officially adopted when he reaches 2 pounds and is neutered. The shelter can only offer foster to adopt with in-county adoptions.

Today, OCAS announced that Murdock had found his family, writing: “Murdock, the blind kitten, has received an adoption application after this family saw him on Facebook! Thank you to those who shared his post.

“For those that inquired about adopting, we have more than 200 unique cats and kittens looking for new homes!”

According to a story on Murdock in the Orlando Sentinel, his vets are not yet sure whether Murdock has no eyes or if they are present but abnormally small (microphthalmia).

The Sentinel named Orlando resident Kelly Melchiorre as Murdock’s adopter and says she turned up at the shelter early Thursday morning with her 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter

“I saw the post last night and the second I saw the picture I knew I had to have him,” Kelly told the Sentinel. She said she was drawn to Murdock because of his cute face and his special needs status.

Murdock will join the Melchiorres other pets, a cat and a basset hound-black Lab mix dog.

Commenting on Murdock’s mellow nature, Kelly told the Sentinel: “As soon as you hold him he just melts into you.”

Murdock poses with Kelly and her daughter Brenna.





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