No one knows how Nemo ended up at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, California. But the news was bad. Not only did he come in with a broken leg, but he ended up at a kill shelter. This poor little guy was given only minutes.
But Cristina Garcia, one of the shelter’s compassionate workers was able to stop them in time, and he was given a few more days to capture the notice of potential new owners.
Nemo was only 11 months old and had a rough start to life. He was fixed up, and ready to be adopted. Cristina knew that he was special. Not only did they bond quickly, but he even jumped onto her shoulder, complete with cast. She just knew he had to be given the chance to find a loving home.
Nemo with his hero, Cristina.
Cristina says that he’s the sweetest kitty ever, who loves people. But she posted on Facebook to say she was really worried, as he was only given a few days before…
This led to her begging her coworkers to give him more time. They gave him until December 11th, 2015.
The pair cuddling.
Cristina knows that she can’t save all of them. She does her best to help them. Professional photographer John Hwang comes to the shelter to take photos of the cats, as these are more likely to get the pets adopted than if the pets are looking scared in their cages.
As John wandered through the shelter with her he could see how much she loved and cared for the animals. He noted how frightened and claustrophobic the animals must feel in their cages.
Don’t worry, it will be better soon.
Cristina tries to soothe a sad dog inside his kennel.
That’s one funny looking cat!
The shelter has more than cats, they also have pigs. Cristina often spends time on her breaks caring for the animals. Cristina has saved Nemo’s life more than once, and hopes that he’ll soon be adopted.
Don’t worry, I know your forever home is out there!
UPDATE: Great news! Nemo has been adopted! He’s now living happily in his furever home!
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