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Teacher Grieves Loss of Her Senior Cat, Caring Students Surprise Her with 2 Rescue Kittens

Teacher Grieves Loss of Her Senior Cat, Caring Students Surprise Her with 2 Rescue Kittens

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Tonya Andrews was on her way to take Blondie, her beloved 16-year-old cat, to the vet when it tragically passed away in her arms.

Tonya was devastated – the loss left her heart in pieces. 

It was clear she was heartbroken when she showed up to Joshua High School where she works as a teacher. 

“I cried pretty much every period that next day at school,” Tonya told the Huffington Post.

It didn’t take long for her students to learn what had happened.

Knowing how much their teacher loved her senior cat, they came up with a brilliant idea to lift her spirits.

A Heartwarming Surprise

After some quick planning, Tonya’s students walked into class later that week holding a dozen white roses, balloons, and homemade cupcakes.

As expected, the sweet gesture warmed Tonya’s heart right away. 

“I was smiling so big by then because I could feel the love of the class,” shared Tonya. 

However, the surprise didn’t end there…

Mending a Broken Heart

While Tonya was already happy with the flowers and cupcakes, her class wanted to give her something else: two adorable kittens!

When her student, Rachel, walked in with the two little cats, the teacher thought that they belonged to one of her students.

She assumed that they just wanted her to play with them to help ease pain from the loss of her late cat.

What she didn’t know was that they were actually for her to keep. 

“Then she held them out to me and said they were mine…my heart can now experience happiness again,” Tonya shared. 

A Beautiful Moment

Tonya’s reaction was priceless. She was overwhelmed with emotion from the kindness of her students.

She couldn’t help but burst into tears after witnessing her students’ kindness and compassion.

The beautiful moment was caught on camera and has since gone viral.

Rachel Hanhart, the high school junior who gifted Tonya the kittens, knew her teacher was going to adopt a kitten in the near future.

She simply beat her to the punch and made the moment incredibly special.

Though there will always be a Blondie shaped hole in Tonya’s heart, she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love with two new rescue kittens.

Thanks to her thoughtful students, Tonya now has two adorable fur babies to adopt in her senior cat’s honor.

Watch the heartwarming moment below!

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Sandra Eddy

Saturday 30th of October 2021

This proves that there are still some students out there that pay attention to their teachers even after school. Congrats to the students for caring; Congrats to the new mom of 2 beautiful kittens; Congrats to the kittens for having a forever home!


Friday 29th of October 2021

With all the bad news we always hear, it's great to see good schools, teachers and great kids are still out there. I was fortunate to be a product of one many years back. God bless them, especially Rachel and the two wonderful kittens who will have the best home they could ask for.

jules kingshott

Friday 29th of October 2021

That is adorable, I cried just reading it, much love all around xx


Thursday 28th of October 2021

I’m so sorry for the loss of your cat ,Rip Beautiful Angel ,You have a lot of students who love and care about you turns out to be a beautiful story.God Bless You and your kitties 🐱


Thursday 28th of October 2021

I was glad it was said that she was going to adopt a kitten soon anyway because it is not always wise to give people animals as gifts. Clearly she loved those kittens as soon as they were put into her arms though and what a lovely gesture from her students who must really like and appreciate her.