Dad forced to get cat for son after viral Facebook post
When 7-year-old Remi kept asking for cat, his father Dan Urbano thought of a plan to avoid getting a pet. He told his son that the family would get one only if a picture of Remi and his 1-year-old sister Evelyn pleading for a pet on Facebook got 1,000 likes.
On Nov. 7, Marisa Urbano, Remi’s mom posted the following picture on her Facebook account.
“Dan thinks there is NO way we can do this,” she wrote. “I say there is. help us out. We really want a cat named Hairy Pawturr. If you can’t like, shares [sic]. Shares count too! Thanks so much everyone!!”
It didn’t take very long. Within an hour, the post received 400 likes. By the end of that night, it was close to surpassing its goal. Less than a week later, that same post had received over 110,000 likes, more than 100,000 reshares, and close to 10,000 comments.
On Saturday—well after passing the 1,000 like threshold— the Urbanos traveled to the Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, Mass., to pick up “Hairietta L. Pawturr,” the newest member of their family. According to the Urbanos, the “L” is for all the likes the picture got on the social network platform.
That same day, Marisa once again took to Facebook, only this time it was post an album of Hairietta L. Pawturr and to thank everyone who made the adoption possible.
“Thank you to all the kind souls out there who rooted for our kids and taught us all a few lessons about how much kindness there really is in the world and how powerful social networks are,” she raved.
For his part, Dan Urbano admits that he didn’t expect this type of reaction.
“I knew something was up when we got a phone call from Good Morning America and when we started getting friend requests and comments on the post from other countries where we don’t know the people like Japan and Germany.”
Lesson learned, Dan. The Internet loves cats.
Photos via Marisa Urbano/Facebook
Texans are adopting dogs in droves to rescue them from flooded animal shelters
Now this is Southern hospitality.66k
This photo of an Army widow at her husband's grave reminds us what Memorial Day is all about
Laureen Lopez-Berry's husband Richard was killed by a car bomb in Afghanistan in 2012.39k
How to play every classic video game on your phone
The best '80s and '90s consoles in the palm of your hand.20k
This 'Bob's Burgers' writer will hate-watch 'Entourage' for charity
She's trying to raise a total of $10,000 for CureSearch.
Tiny bear cubs have the world's cutest wrestling match
Can. Not. Handle. This.8