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Grandfather Takes Care Of Stray Cats Without Grandma's Permission
This man absolutely loves cats! What a kind heart.
Rachel Shapiro
08.22.17

Meet Jimmy: a sweet old man who absolutely loves cats!

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The 85-year-old man from Puerto Rico loves taking care of the stray cats in his neighborhood. Jimmy has always had a soft spot for cats, but his wife doesn’t feel the same about them. So Jimmy had to care for the cats in secret. Jimmy’s granddaughter Syl told The Dodo:

“My grandpa felt for the stray cats and would leave food in the back of the house near his tool shed, a spot where my grandma doesn’t go.”

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One of the stray cat was particularly friendly towards Jimmy. It turned out, this cat was pregnant.

Jimmy knew he had to give this cat a safe place to give birth to her kittens. He asked his wife about taking the cat into their house, but she didn’t like that idea.

Jimmy couldn’t let the cat have her kittens on the street, so he smuggled her into his shed. The cat had her kittens, and Jimmy’s wife remained happily unaware that they were there.

It’s a good thing Syl’s grandmother doesn’t have Twitter, though, because Syl shared her grandfather’s story on there.

Syl wasn’t shocked to hear that her grandfather had taken in a whole cat family. She told The Dodo:

“My grandpa is really kind and has always loved animals. So it’s not really that surprising.”

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Three weeks after the kittens were born, Jimmy’s wife found out about the cat family living in her shed.

She took it much better than Jimmy expected. After seeing all of the cute kittens, Jimmy’s wife said that Jimmy could keep the cats in their house until they were old enough to move to new homes. Jimmy and his cats were very happy that they didn’t have to be so secretive anymore!

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This story proves that adorable kittens can convert anyone into a cat lover. We’re happy that all is well between Jimmy and his wife, and that the cats have such great people looking after them!

Jimmy’s cats are being well taken care of, but there are many other stray animals in Puerto Rico that could use some help. If you’d like to help stray cats and dogs in Puerto Rico, consider donating to the Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society.

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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