One woman couldn’t stop thinking about the kitten she was helping and traveled across states to get her back.
A tiny calico and her littermates arrived at the Escambia County Animal Sanctuary in Pensacola, Florida, and were supposed to be transported to the Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania to live a better life.
While Amy Cool waited for the transportation to be completed, she volunteered to take her home to care for her. The little calico named Candy Corn quickly proved to be a treasure.
She climbed onto Amy’s shoulders in minutes and began walking with her around the house. Nothing made the calico happier than being very close to her foster mother.
“She was so extraordinary to me for how loving she was. I’m the type who wants my kittens with me 24/7 and gives them tons of cuddles, so we just clicked perfectly,” Amy told Love Meow .
When the kittens went to the Providence Animal Center, Amy felt that part of her was missing.
Candy Corn and her siblings arrived safely in Pennsylvania in early October and were taken into foster care with volunteer Linnea Hermanson. The litter had something to do before they could be put up for adoption.
The calico that was the rest of the litter was very light in weight. It wasn’t long before Linnea realized that she would rather choose people than food.
“Most of the time, she completely ignored the food and followed me around or climbed on my lap. She just wasn’t interested in food when she had the opportunity to get the foster mother (or father) attention instead,” Linnea Love said Meow.
Linnea left the room to let the kitten concentrate on the food, but only to return to Candy Corn, who was sitting at the door waiting for her. “She was a complete love bug who wanted more attention than food and obviously loved my dogs and everyone else.”
Meanwhile, Amy (in Florida), who was completely in love with Candy Corn, couldn’t stop thinking about the cute kitten parrot.
“I cried so much that my friends and family called Providence Animal Center and the people they knew in Philadelphia to make sure we had multiple plans to get them back,” shared Amy Love Meow.
“I’ve cared for about 20 cats and kittens, but little Candy Corn was clearly meant for me.”
While Amy contacted the rescue, the little calico kept looking for whoever was ready to snuggle into the house. She walked around, jumping from one warm body to another – her foster parents and dogs all got a share of their love.
“She also interrupted my video calls by climbing on my shoulder and chewing my ears! It’s easy to see why traveling from FL to PA was an easy choice for Amy,” Linnea shared with Love Meow.
At the end of October, the little cuddly beetle was finally big enough for a spay operation and would be preparing for her home forever. Amy set off, drove three hours to New Orleans, and then got on a four-hour flight to Philadelphia.
“As I held her, she started purring like crazy and stuck to me. When we finally got from the airports, she insisted on sitting on my shoulder for the whole drive,” Amy told Love Meow.
The kitten gripped her forever as if she would never let her go. “When we got home, she clearly recognized my room and all of her toys and seemed so happy to be back!”
In the first few days when Candy Corn was back where it belongs, Candy Corn purred and kneaded with happiness.
She would sit on Amy’s shoulder or put her arms around her and not leave her side.
“She still sleeps curled up on my shoulder every night. We’re best buddies and we are completely inseparable,” shared Amy with Love Meow.
“I’m so happy to get it back! It was worth every penny, mile, and hour!”
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