The best gifts come in small packages! That was certainly the case one fateful Christmas Eve when an unexpected event led to me having a special guest over the holidays.
I was visiting my family for the holidays and a childhood friend of mine called me with an unexpected request.
“Merry Christmas…also, I need your help with a kitten,” he said.
He’d noticed a little kitten scurrying across a busy highway on Christmas Eve.
No one cared to notice, much less stop and help the kitten.
It appeared that everyone was too busy doing last minute shopping or rushing to holiday events to worry about the kitten.
Keep reading to find out how a good samaritan saved this precious kitten from a horrible fate.
A Good Samaritan
My friend, Justin, immediately put his car in park and began coaxing the kitten toward him.
The kitten was terrified, immediately running toward Justin’s car and out of sight.
“I saw him run toward my car, but then he disappeared,” Justin recalled.
Meanwhile, Justin was holding up traffic in the middle of the road.
Just when he thought he had no choice but to give up the search, he peaked above his tires…
There was the kitten, frightened and huddled up on top of the car’s tire.
Justin scooped up the kitten and rushed back to his car where he wrapped him up in an old towel.
The kitten’s attitude immediately changed upon being swaddled into a little purrito.
Now that he was safe and snuggled up in his rescuer’s arms, he purred with relief.
He could rest easy knowing he was in good hands!
This hardest part was over, but now Justin had another challenge on his hands.
What was he going to do with the kitten?
All Hands on Deck
Justin returned home with the kitten and introduced their special guest to his wife.
Though the kitten was much safer in his home than in the middle of the road, Justin and his wife had a big dilemma.
They were concerned about the kitten’s safety around their anxious rescue dog.
The best they could do for the time being was to keep the kitten in a kennel on their back porch.
That’s when Justin called me.
I drove to their house with supplies to help them temporarily accommodate the kitten until I could find him a foster home after Christmas.
Everything changed when I met the kitten…
Tiny but Mighty
This little guy wiggled his way into my heart in a matter of seconds!
I was expecting him to be semi-feral, but he was the complete opposite.
The kitten, now named Pokie, was extremely affectionate and purred non-stop.
A kitten as friendly and socialized as Pokie no business staying in a kennel on the back porch.
He was coming home with me.
I was nervous about how my family would react to me bringing a kitten into their home without permission.
I ultimately decided it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
I scooped up Pokie and took him home, hoping his charm would win my family’s hearts.
My plan worked!
Pokie won over my dad and sister in a matter of seconds.
Can you blame them? Pokie’s charm is irresistible.
It’s impossible not to smile when curls up in your arms and gazes into your eyes.
I set up a little kitten cabin for him in the laundry room shower.
I’d already fed him at Justin’s house, but I wanted to make sure Pokie associated my home with food too.
I gave another can of tasty wet food, which he scarfed down enthusiastically.
I then gave him a much needed bath to wash off the dirt and grime covering his beautiful white patches.
He took his bath and fea/parasite treatment like a champ!
With a full belly and a soft, clean coat, he curled up in my Dad’s lap for a well-deserved nap.
Everyone in my home agreed– Pokie was our little Christmas miracle!
So many wonderful things have happened since Pokie was rescued.
My friend and foster for FLUFF Nashville, Madeline Fitzpatrick, offered to foster him.
Pokie and I drove all the way to Nashville on December 31 where he’d start his new life.
Madeline scooped him up with open arms and welcomed him into her home.
In less than a few weeks, she received a message that changed Pokie’s life forever…
Happily Ever After
Since Madeline was a resident physician, she’d made quite a few friends and special connections through her medical program.
One of her fellow resident friends visited Pokie and it was love at first sight!
It was a done deal– Pokie had earned himself a forever family along!
He’d also earned himself a new name: Marvin.
He was fully vetted and on his way to live happily ever after in his new home.
Little Marvin went from darting through traffic on Christmas Eve to curling up on a warm lap with a family he can call his own.
Now he’ll never have to worry about being frightened or hungry ever again.
It brings me great joy to know that he’ll enjoy many more holidays in the comfort of his new home, surrounded by people who love him.
He’ll be living the good life from now on!
Be sure to follow Madeline on Instagram to see more of her adorable foster cats.
Help A Rescue Cats This Christmas
If you’d like to help more cats like Pokie (now Marvin) live happily ever after, please consider making a donation through our Meow Mail program.
Donations from the Meow Mail program benefit Community Cats of Central AR, a small, volunteer driven 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization led by two women, Sarah Richardson and Stephanie Spence, who rescue and rehabilitate cats from rural towns with high animal cruelty rates.
They rely on donations from kind-hearted individuals to continue saving cats & kittens that have suffered from neglect, abuse, or abandonment.
In addition to their direct intake, they pull special needs cats, senior cats, and cats in critical condition from the top kill shelters in the state to prevent unnecessary euthanasia.
In exchange for your donation, you’ll be emailed a heartwarming update about how your donation helped a rescue cat live happily ever after.