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Kids get cat after Facebook plea

Children score 110,000 'likes' for new kitty.

By Vetstreet Nov 13, 2012 4:02PM

Clearly underestimating social media’s love of cats and kids, a Newton, Mass., couple told their son, Remi, 7, and daughter, Evelyn, 1, they could get a cat if a picture of them with a sign pleading for one got 1,000 likes on Facebook.

Photo: ABC News // The Urbano family welcomed a shelter cat after their kids made a plea for one on Facebook“We figured our friends and maybe their friends would be nice and kind and share [the photo] with each other,” mom Marisa Urbano told ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday.

But they got a lot more than they bargained for. The picture got more than 110,000 likes, and 100,000 shares in a matter of days. And the Urbanos delivered on their promise, adopting a kitty they named Hairietta L. Pawturr from a local shelter over the weekend.

The name is a play on Harry Potter — and the middle initial stands for “like.” — Watch it at ABC News

Photo: ABC News // The Urbano family welcomed a shelter cat after their kids made a plea for one on Facebook

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Nov 13, 2012 11:30PM
Over 100,000 likes?  Does that mean they can adopt 100 cats?
Nov 13, 2012 11:27PM
Nov 13, 2012 10:51PM
How cute they all look and the kitty too. I found my cat in the street and she let me pick her up and I brought her home and she has been with me since then 10 years ago.
Thanks for giving this one a good home

Nov 13, 2012 10:11PM
Nice to see young pussy go to a good home. 
Nov 13, 2012 9:45PM
i saw a picture on facebook where 4 guy's were stabbing, skinning and cutting off the head of a cat and i wrote to facebook and reported it as offensive and they wrote me back and said it was ok. so facebook isn't as cat friendly as you might think.
Nov 13, 2012 9:42PM
HAHA -- the little girl looks like she's not at all sure about this kitty thing.
Nov 13, 2012 9:05PM
i paid the adoption fee for an older cat.i hope it gets adopted soon,sorry i can't have cats of my own though.i would if i could.
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