This is my son’s new cat, Jeff.  He was rescued from the Humane Society in June.   While all the other cats purred and rubbed up against their cages, Jeff hid under his blanket.

Alex pointed to what looked to be an empty cage and said, “I want him.”

Jeff continued his antisocial behaviour by growling and hissing at us as we attempted to get to know him in the meet and greet room.

Still, Alex held firm.   “Jeff needs me and I need him.”

And he was right.  He saw something in this angry cat that we didn’t see.  Jeff, who he calls cat-bird because he makes bird noises, is the sweetest cat and has won us over.

(I added colored layering to the photograph to give it an artsy look.)