Volunteers at the shelter in Denton, Texas, received a message about three kittens found rummaging in dumpsters. Upon arrival, rescuers found the little ones in a deplorable state: dirty, exhausted, infested with fleas, and very hungry. Despite their dire condition, the kittens, for the most part, were healthy. Two of the kittens were given floral names, Iris and Tulip. Their brother was named Pepe, and his uniqueness became the reason for his extended stay without a home.
What made Pepe so unique? It wasn’t the color of his fur but its texture. It was completely different in different areas of his body. Some parts had soft fur, others were more like bristles, and in some places, there was almost no fur at all. The kitten couldn’t be classified as either a long-haired or short-haired breed, and that’s why no one wanted to adopt him.
However, everything changed when a couple from New York reached out to the shelter and traveled over 2500 kilometers to adopt this unique kitten. By then, Pepe, who used to be cheerful and active, seemed to have resigned himself to his fate and became timid and subdued. Volunteers were thrilled to have the opportunity to find him a home.
The couple’s journey for Pepe was costly and demanding. They took time off work, bought plane tickets, and arranged many other matters. However, once they held Pepe in their arms, he immediately perked up, began to purr, and snuggled his head against the woman, something he hadn’t done in a long time.
Pepe quickly adapted to his new home, made friends with other pets, and regained his former activity. Over time, even his fur began to change, albeit very slowly. Now he is a full-fledged and beloved family member, capable of not only receiving love but also giving it in return.