We had a mini photo shoot in our living room this morning. 😍 Moon is proving to be the sweetest kitty, ever. He’s a little nervous as he’s adapting to a new place, but he’s so affectionate, and he LOVES Madden. He’ll come right up, and snuggle in his lap! 😍 #nofilter #unedited #1in700 #cleftstrong #heterochromia #maddenandmoon
MANKATO — A special cat that once was lost in Mankato now has a home with a special boy in Oklahoma.
Mending Spirits Animal Rescue took in a stray feline with a cleft lip, a blue left eye and a green right eye. The cat's new family includes a 7-year-old boy named Madden Humphreys who also happens to have a cleft lip, a blue left eye and a green right eye.
“Fate willed these two together,” the boy's mom, Christina Humphreys, wrote in a blog post that has been shared more than 45,000 times on Facebook in less than a week.
After no owner claimed the unique feline, Mending Spirits volunteers named him Valentine and got him neutered and vaccinated. Foster caregiver Angie Kimes gave Valentine a home until he was ready to find a forever home. The all-volunteer Mankato-based rescue group posted about Valentine on multiple websites. Christina discovered Valentine after a post was shared on a social media group of moms of children with cleft lips.
Days later, the Humphreys were making the over 600-mile trip to Mankato to claim Valentine.
“We’re usually not spontaneous people, but we knew that we were meant to love this kitty,” wrote Christina, who did not respond to interview requests from The Free Press.
A family friend started a GoFundMe page that raised money to help the Humphreys pay for their trip to Mankato to meet Valentine. A Mankato area man paid their adoption fee.
The Humphreys met Mending Spirits adoption criteria but were required to meet Valentine in person before they could make the adoption official last weekend.
“Madden and Valentine connected instantly,” Kimes said.
Madden renamed his new friend Moon and they are home in Owasso, Oklahoma getting to know each other better.
“I’m so thankful Madden has Moon,” Christina wrote. “Not only so that both he and the kitty have a relatable and sweet companion, but also, I hope Moon helps Madden realize that being born unique in an incredible thing.”
The story seems to be striking a chord across the globe. Kimes said Christina is fielding numerous media requests, and the thousands of kind comments on Christina's social media pages include responses from people who said they read or saw a TV report as far away as Austria and Taiwan.
Valentine's former caretaker said she's honored to have helped bring the cat and boy together.
“Both Valentine and Madden are very special souls,” Kimes said. “I am so very happy that Mending Spirits got to be a part of helping this sweet boy heal.”