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Family of Adopted Kids Adopt Blind Kitten Dumped in Trash, “Best Christmas Ever”

Family of Adopted Kids Adopt Blind Kitten Dumped in Trash, “Best Christmas Ever”

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Though December is a month of joy and excitement for most Americans, it isn’t a merry month for animals that have been abandoned. 

This was certainly the case for Ilene, a kitten thrown out with a pile of trash in California. 

Keep reading to discover how fate brought together this sweet, neglected kitten with an incredibly special family.

A Rough Start 

A poor kitten later named Ilene was tragically dumped in a pile of trash and left to suffer a horrible fate.

Thankfully, this kitten’s luck changed when a good samaritan happened to find her and brought her to the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). 

Unfortunately, there was nothing they could do about Ilene’s eyes.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society

She was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called microphthalmia in which one or both of the eyes are abnormally small.

This could have been genetic or developed as a result of trauma or an infection.

What they did know is that her condition left her completely blind.

Hopeful Hearts

The day finally arrived when Ilene had a chance to start fresh with a new family she shared a similar past with.

She was adopted by a kind family with children who were also adopted, much like herself!

Even better, her new family had a story just as unique and heartwarming as her own.

Though Ilene would not understand, this family was incredibly special.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society & Alanna Lundin

Family Isn’t Always Blood

Single mother, Alanna Lundin, had been fostering Cassandra, Elijah, and Samantha for over three years and wanted nothing more than to make these children a permanent part of her family.

After 1,183 long days, she was finally able to adopt them in early November.

They were the three youngest children from a group of six neglected siblings.

They’d never been to the doctor or a school and didn’t know how to read.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society & Alanna Lundin

Now the kids are with Alanna and are making amazing strides in a safe and stable environment.

Something they especially enjoy doing as a family is fostering kittens from the Oregon Humane Society.

Alanna believes fostering kittens is a very comforting experience for the kids considering their past.

The family ended up adopting three cats, but had plenty of room in their hearts and home for one more.

Becoming a Family

When Alanna saw Ilene’s story on the news, she immediately told her kids.

Just as she suspected, they were eager to help the kitten and be the forever home she needed.

Alanna said that her kids empathized with the kitten, having been through a similar experiences.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society & Alanna Lundin

She and the three kids waited outside OHS all night to make sure they’d be the first ones to put in an adoption application for Ilene.

Their dedication paid off, and Ilene was adopted nearly one month after the day that Alanna adopted the kids!

Happily Ever After

They wanted to give be the loving family Ilene deserved, and they’ve certainly succeeded!

Now Ilene will never have to worry about being abandoned or suffering on the streets ever again.

Instead, she can focus on enjoying Christmas with her forever family.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society

Alanna and her children were kind and patient, proving to Ilene that she could trust them as their bond grew stronger.

Ilene quickly settled in and loves to cuddle with all of her new family members.

For the first time, she was shown what it truly means to love and be loved unconditionally.

Family isn’t about last names or blood.

It’s about by commitment, love, and never giving up on each other.

Want to spread some Christmas joy? Share this Christmas miracle with someone.

Courtesy of Oregon Humane Society & Alanna Lundin

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Tuesday 28th of December 2021

I love these heart warming stories from all of these 💝 special people. I love the one about the single mom adopting those precious kids and then getting the cutest little furball. Thank you for these stories of love and kindness.


Tuesday 28th of December 2021

Beautiful story, God Bless You all ,this story made my day such a loving and kind family.💕💕💕💕


Tuesday 21st of December 2021

THIS kind of c rap is why I've been a misanthrope for decades. Thank you to all animal rescuers and to he77 with abusers and abandoners. I've been retired on SSI disability since a stroke in 20120 and still can fund my rescue of special needs senior shelter cats nobody else wants to adopt.

Sharon Hawkinson

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

Beautiful family, beautiful kitten

Suzanne Roussel

Tuesday 21st of December 2021

That is so ❤ warning story thank you to Alana and her family for saving her and adopting that ❤ sweet adorable precious baby thank you God bless you all,and Merry Christmas 🎅 to you and your beautiful family and sweet precious baby 💘 kitten 😸