The adoption process may be as subjective as a beauty competition at times. People remember the initial impression that animals make on them, as harsh as it may sound, thus little critters like Bean with a distinctive gloomy countenance may be at a disadvantage.
Unfortunately, many animals spend a long time in shelters because of their appearance or condition, which causes them to be undetected by families searching for a “pretty,” “adorable” pet with no unique health or handicap issues.
Last year, a kitten with lovely gray fur was saved from the streets of Germany and sent to a shelter in the hopes of finding a home, but it was not an easy process.
Bean’s face had a quirk that made her appear like a bad-faced cat all of the time, and while this did not characterize her personality, it was a deterrent to potential adopters.
But, just as every person has a better half, every animal has their perfect owner.
And, after months of waiting, this girl eventually won a nice woman’s heart.
Francisca was the one who couldn’t hold back her emotions when she found out that no one wanted to adopt her.
“She appeared to be someone exceptional and adorable, and I knew I wanted to meet her.”
After writing to the shelter, I received a call from her, asking whether she was sure Bean was the cat she wanted to see because no one else had expressed interest in her.
I sobbed because I thought no one cared about her. “So I arranged an appointment with them,” Francisca explained, “since I was even more determined to meet her.”
The woman had anticipated to encounter a giant cat weighing around 10 kilograms, but was startled to see how little and lovely Bean was, a pitiful soul judged just by her appearance.
Those hunting for a pet were not impressed by his “grumpy” demeanor. It’s a pity that people don’t know how to love unconditionally, like animals do, and with the eyes of the heart.
Francisca was attracted as soon as she spotted Bean, and the cat seemed to have fallen in love with the woman’s charms as well.
“It was much better than I could have hoped for.” It was a little infant between the ages of 3 and 4.
“Tears streamed down my face, rubbing against my leg,” Francisca explained.
They couldn’t let the cat stay in the shelter for much longer because of the obvious affection she had for Francisca, so the adoption procedure was sped up and the kitten was allowed to get to know her new home.
Bean felt at ease as soon as he entered the house, as if he had returned to his childhood home, and it was clear that he was at ease.
«From the first second, he felt at ease. “He laid down on the sofa and napped as if it were the most pleasant thing he’d ever experienced,” Francisca recounted.
Bean seemed to disbelieve what she was experiencing during the first several days at home, and she did not even detach Francisca to go to the bathroom.
The kitten was frightened that he would forsake her, but that would never happen since she is unconcerned about looks, and today this grumpy-looking cat is a contented companion.