Perhaps the best story one will read this week —
Barbara Bates, the adoption coordinator for a Texas animal shelter, was there with her camera when 102-year-old Iona L. and 2-year-old Edward discovered each other.
“It just filled my heart,” Bates says about the scene in the shelter lobby. “The kitty just snuggled right up to her. Matched her outfit she had on.
“I said, ‘Iona, do you mind if I take your picture?’ And she said, ‘Honey, I sure hope I don’t break your camera.'”
Iona’s cat had recently died, so last week, she and her son took a trip to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe, Texas….
Edward won her over right away.
“The way he cuddled upon my shoulder reminded me of the cat I’d just lost,” she says.
Iona’s had cats her whole life. In fact, she says one of her favorite pictures is of herself as a teenager with a cat on the family farm. She’d been milking cows, but a bucket tipped over, and the photo captured a lucky kitten reaping the delicious spillage….
For her part, Bates says she had “no hesitancy” about Iona adopting Edward. To start, Iona’s son promised that should anything happen to his mother, Edward would remain in the family. But also, Bates believes that Edward is good for Iona, and she for him.
“My photo tells me Edward immediately sensed that Iona had lots of love and security to offer him,” she says.
Via Huffington Post.