North Carolina governor Roy Cooper was relaxing at the North Carolina Executive Mansion with his family when he heard strange noises in his garage.
When Cooper went to investigate, he found a stray tortoiseshell kitten looking up at him.
Cooper had a vet check the kitten out. The kitten had some fleas, but besides that, she was in good health.
The kitten was talkative and sweet, and Cooper and his family quickly fell in love with her. They decided to adopt her, and they named her Jenny after the character Jennyanddots from the musical “Cats.”
“She’s friendly, talkative, and enjoys ‘hunting’ certain patterns on the carpet,” Cooper and his family wrote on Facebook.
The smart little kitten quickly settled into life in the governor’s house. The kitten loves exploring, and she enjoys cuddling with her new family. Everyone in the house adores her!
“She’s been getting lots of love and attention and purrs a lot,” Ilina Ewen, chief of staff to North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper, told ABC News.
Jenny isn’t the only animal in the executive mansion. Governor Cooper is a big animal lover—he even has a Facebook page dedicated to all of the first pets of North Carolina!
Jenny has been getting along well with her two new cat siblings, black cat Alexei and long-haired cat Adelaide.
While Jenny and the cats are getting along, she’s still a bit wary of her dog brother, Ben. Ben is kind and gentle with Jenny, and he’s slowly helping her come out of her shell.
“Even though he’s sweet and gentle, he’s so much bigger than she is,” Hilary Cooper, Governor Cooper’s daughter, said.
Jenny has also been busy exploring all the nooks and crannies in the governor’s mansion. The governor’s staff shot an adorable video of Jenny exploring downstairs for the first time. There were so many interesting things to sniff!
Exploring downstairs for the very first time. There's so much to sniff!-Jenny
Posted by First Pets of North Carolina on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Governor Cooper and his family hope that Jenny’s story inspires other North Carolinians to adopt pets from shelters.
“There are so many little kitties in need of loving homes at SPCA of Wake County and other animal rescues around the state. If our Jennyanydots has touched your heart, please consider adopting a rescue pet,” the family wrote on Facebook.
Governor Cooper still isn’t sure how Jenny got into his garage, but he’s so happy the little stray kitten came into his life. If you want to see more adorable photos of Jenny and the other first pets of North Carolina, check out their Facebook page!
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h/t: ABC News