Too Ugly To Adopt? Romeo’s Story Couldn’t be More Beautiful

Quick to judge a book by its cover, many people passed Romeo off as a deformed stray roaming the streets of Southeastern Spain. But since images of this ginger kitten have reached the internet, the rest of the world, and his new owner, are now star-crossed with his indomitable spirit, and playful presence.

The first few months of life on the street for the stray Romeo were anything but storybook. His siblings had all been adopted, and Romeo, deemed “too ugly” was tragically left to fend for himself.

But then, while walking through town, Laura Llácer, director and co-founder of Santuario Compasión Animal, caught a glimpse of Romeo and fell in love.

Llácer brought Romeo back to Santuario Compasión Animal, fed him, cleaned him up, and introduced him to the other animals at the sanctuary. One of his new favorite toys is a stuffed bunny.

“They told us that no one wanted him because he was ugly. But for us Romeo is not ugly, he’s a lovely little kitten who likes to play like the rest of the cats. And their differences make them special,” Llácer posted to Facebook.

Romeo’s deformity makes him unique, not just among his new dog, pig, and sheep friends, but to the entire world. In a time of politically charged anxiety with every news cycle, Romeo stands out as a furry ginger ray of love and compassion.

“Romeo is very, very affectionate and behaves differently than other cats,” Llácer told the Dodo. “He remains a cat, but there’s something adorable in his behavior that reflects that lovely abnormality in appearance.

“Of course, he suffers a deformity, but that makes him different. That makes him unique.”


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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and world traveler with a background in journalism, graphic design, and French pastry. He likes to learn new things whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, folk music and coffee.
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