Adopted cat 'a blessing' to his new family after a very tough year

Being part of the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network gives animal welfare groups all across the country the tools they need to save more lives, and the chance to work together to Save Them All.

Best Friends has network partners in every single state, and all of them are saving lives daily. We never get tired of hearing their stories, and that’s why we want to share them with you, too. So today, we're proud to present one from SPCA of Brazoria County in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Raymond the cat at the SPCA of Brazoria CountyFor a variety of personal reasons, it's been a hard year for Heather Wallace and her 10-year-old daughter, Jalynn. Heather thought that adopting a pet might bring some much-needed joy to their family, and she was right.

Heather and Jalynn began their search online, and that’s how they spotted Raymond's photo. He was posted on the SPCA of Brazoria County's website. They liked the way his hair fluffed out on his cheeks.

As it turns out, Raymond could use the special attention, since he hadn’t had much luck getting noticed by potential adopters since he was found digging through trash earlier in the year.  

The mother and daughter  made a trip to the SPCA’s resale shop and cat adoption center called The Box, in Lake Jackson, Texas, to meet Raymond and other cats in need.

Love at first sight

"When I walked into the shelter, he looked into my eyes. He wrapped his paws around me," says Jalynn.

That was enough to cause her to fall in love on the spot.

"Heather looked around a little through the store and the other cats. Jalynn never even wanted to see the others. She was locked on him," says Erin Matula, who works at The Box.

Erin caught Jalynn's incredible excitement on video, when she realized Raymond was going to be hers:

Raymond loves Jalynn and Jalynn loves the RaymondHeather and Jalynn initially took Raymond home as a foster pet, with the understanding that if things went well they'd adopt him. It took about a week for them to make it official.

"I'm excited for them all, knowing that they are so in love with Raymond," says Erin.

Raymond has become a critical, adored member of the family. He and Jalynn do everything together. They like to play, watch movies and TV, and snuggle up on the couch.

"Anything I do, he does with me," Jalynn says. "He loves on me. He cuddles me. I love him. With all my heart, I love him."

Heather thinks Raymond makes Jalynn feel protected and complete -- which, especially after this hard year, makes her feel happy.

"The cat loves Jalynn and Jalynn loves the cat," Heather says. "It's been nothing but a blessing."

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Photos courtesy of Heather Wallace and SPCA of Brazoria County