ASPCA Happy Tails: Call Me Maeby

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 1:45pm
Close up of orange kitten

When Kaylen and her girlfriend, Lu, decided to adopt a cat from the ASPCA, they knew exactly what they wanted. What they didn’t know, however, was that animal adoptions are not always so straightforward. Sometimes, you choose an animal, but more often than not, the animal chooses you. Here is the very Happy Tail of Kaylen, Lu, and a Tabby cat named Maeby.

“Before walking into the ASPCA,” recalls Kaylen, “Lu and I decided that we wanted a cat that was at least 2 years old. We also agreed that we didn’t want an orange cat.” Sure enough, their plans flew out the window the moment they saw Maeby. An 8-month-old orange kitten, Maeby was the exact opposite of what they were looking for. But the minute they saw her sweet face, they knew there was no other cat for them.

Maeby’s first few weeks at home were trying. She was timid and skittish—a remnant from her earlier life in a hoarding situation—but Kaylen and Lu’s patience and kindness soon brought Maeby out of her shell. Kaylen says, “She is now such a loving, outgoing cat, and she has everyone in our apartment (including our other cat, Rory) wrapped around her paw!”

“It has been a joy to have Maeby in our life and to see her grow more confident over time,” she adds. “We are so thankful to the ASPCA for helping us find the perfect addition to our family!”

Let’s let Maeby’s story serve as a reminder to us all: You can’t always plan for the animal that will steal your heart.

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Kaylen and Lu, You have struck gold. The photo of Maeby (Call Me Maeby -- very funny) and Rory is gorgeous, soft and sweet. They obviously love each other -- and you! Thank you for adopting this precious cat and giving her such a loving, kind, patient, safe home.


awwww... those cats look so happy... thank goodness for kind hearted people llike you both. :-)


I too went to our local humane society to find a playmate for our other young cat. I didn't want an orange cat either. But my husband said that he say this guy on an earlier visit and all his other orange siblings were adopted and he was all alone in his cage. That settled it, we took him home and named him Carter. He is very timid but very curious and very loving. While not a jumper, he loves to run and have someone...anyone run after him, even humans. How much enrichment animals give to us.


What a heartwarming "tail"! How fortunate for sweet Maeby to join your feline and human family. And how true it is, that we can't always plan for the animal who will steal our heart. So often, it seems our animal companions choose us. Best to you all.

jordan 4 black cat

Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!


I, too, did not care for orange kitties, until I agreed to take on a six year old (sight unseen) named Biscuit. I found out that orange females are rare, that they are usually male. That made me appreciate her more. Unfortunately, she died a couple of years later from cancer. She was worth every penny I spent trying to save her.


I love orange tabbies, typically so easy-going and lovey-dovey! To this day, I miss my Woodstock and my Toby.

So glad this little orange beauty has a happy, loving forever home!!!!!!!!!


I too, have an orange "Toby"--I call him my creamsickle cat--orange on top annd white underneath and on his face--golden amber eyes----and he is a true character !!Has always walked around with his tail straight up in the air--as if to say "look at me !!" very loud purr and "meow-pu


Like another blogger, I have three cats and one dog. Two of them are siblings (cats) I adopted from my cousin, an animal rights activist in Augusta, GA. My matriarch kitty is also orange and a wonderful buddy! Apparently orange females come up more often than first supposed, although orange males are far more common. :)

Lynne Jones

Kaylen and Lu: You have a beautiful kitty family. God Bless You. I saw a neighbor's cat (I had seen the cat previously in their living room window.) not looking out their window and one day it was skinny and in the street. I was determined to save this cat. I finally was able to catch her, then my husband forgot we had her and she got out when he left the door ajar. Three weeks later, I got her again and I've had her for about a year and one half. What a beautiful cat she is. She is not a young cat either. Why anyone would toss an animal out is beyond me. I don't think there is anything worse than the human race - there are too many people that have disregard for animals. One day, I hope we will have no-kill shelters and no horses, etc being shipped across our country's borders. May our animals finally find peace, love, and forever homes with those humans that will never hurt them as they truly are family.