A few months ago, Matea was coming home from work when she saw a small ball of fluff on the side of the road. As she got closer, she realized that the fluff was actually a tiny stray kitten wandering all alone near a busy intersection.
“People were just passing by and not even stopping, which made me realize he probably wouldn’t get the help he needed,” Matea said.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for animals in need, and seeing him so small, wandering around and no one caring, I knew I had to do something.”
Matea stopped and cautiously approached the kitten. But when she picked it up, it relaxed in her hands, as if grateful someone had noticed. “He made no move to run away,” Matea said. “Maybe he realized I was there to help him.”
Matea placed the kitten in his backpack, where he quickly made himself comfortable. “At first he was a bit difficult when I put him in a backpack,” Matea said. “Pretty soon he got cozy on the dress I had in there and he fell asleep on it…I think he realized he had a soft, safe place to sleep.”
At home, Matea named the little gadget tabby and allowed him to continue sleeping in his backpack where he felt safe. Matea and her boyfriend knew the kitten was in poor condition, so they drove him to the vet where he was checked, given fluids, dewormed and treated for fleas.
It didn’t take long for Gizmo to start feeling better and his adorable personality showing through.
“He’s such an energizing bunny—hopping around, nipping at your ankles, playing with the many toys he has,” Matea said. “Every now and then he jumps on my back, like he remembers that backpack ride the day I found him!”
Gizmo and Matea quickly settled into a routine, and the little cat still wants to be close to his mom.
“He loves snuggling up to me when I wake up in the morning and when I come back from work,” Matea said. “We start each morning with him taking a nap in my lap for half an hour while I drink my morning coffee.”
Now Matea can’t imagine her life without gadgets and is forever grateful that she took the time to stop by on that fateful day.
“I just want my story to inspire someone else to watch out for the most vulnerable animals,” Matea said, “and help them in any way possible.”