A little love makes a huge difference and it could change someone else’s life for the better. Some people in the world find beauty in unexpected places. People like Francisca Franken.
One night, Francisca Franken was browsing the website of her local animal shelter when she came across an unusual cat. There was something about the cat’s flat face, tough attitude and sad eyes that made her stop scrolling.
“I saw her photo and fell in love the second I saw her,” Franken told. “Well, at first I laughed because the pictures were so funny and I’d never seen a cat like this before.”
The kitty’s face had huge, almost gloomy eyes that somehow captivated Franken. Right then and there, she knew she’d have to see her for herself.
Without hesitation, Franken wrote to the animal shelter to see if the funny-looking cat was available for adoption. The shelter had to follow up with her, but Franken’s need for a response kept her up all night in anticipation.
Finally, the next day, the shelter called her back and was quite surprised she wanted to adopt the cat named Bean.
“I got a call from a friendly lady from the rescue who asked me if Bean was really the cat I wanted to apply for because, apparently, nobody had been interested in her before,” Franken said. “The woman who called me was scared that I just pressed the wrong button or something.”
Before coming to the shelter, Bean lived as a stray in a trailer park. She was suffering from an eye infection and other ailments and had never known the love of a home. But Franken was determined to change that.
“One woman led me to her room, and what I saw was much more beautiful than I could ever imagine,” Franken said. “Bean was (and still is) so tiny and small. She has very stubby legs and a short tail and the flattest face I had ever seen. I started crying when I walked into her room because I was so overwhelmed. She was not at all what I had imagined — but it was so much better.”
As soon as the two got to know each other, a bond was instantly formed. Franken was incredibly glad that she had made the decision to go meet the shy cat and immediately decided to take her home.
“In the beginning, she was much more cuddly and clung to me everywhere I went,” Franken said. “I think she then noticed that she didn’t need to ‘pretend’ like that and that I would never let her go again, even if she stopped being cuddly and cute, so she started to show me her sassy side. But I loved that because she let her true colors shine through.”
The sad reality of life is that there are millions of abandoned animals on the streets. Some end up in shelters and, if they’re lucky, get adopted. Sadly, if the animal is sick, old, or doesn’t look cute and pretty, its chances of getting adopted are almost zero. However, some people in the world find beauty in unexpected places. People like Francisca Franken.