Every year, there are millions of stray animals submitted to rescue centers all over the world. At the same time, millions of them are euthanized due to sickness, old age, or sadly because the overloading centers need to prioritize animals with better health conditions or better chances of adoptions. This heartbreaking situation is a result of human irresponsible actions. Breeders overbreed for business purposes, owners abandon their pets because they are old, have many diseases, or just simply because they are ‘ugly’ and the owners just don’t want them anymore. These are the devastating truths that have been going around since forever. However, for a true animal lover, there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ animal. They are just diamonds in the rough, waiting to be discovered. This is the same as the story of Francisca Franken and her little rescue feline Bean.
Francisca was scrolling through the rescue center’s website when she came across the picture of Bean. Immediately, she just knew in her bones that this is the kitten for her. Francisca has always been a cat person. She wanted to adopt a kitty some times soon, but not at the moment since having a pet means having serious commitments. However, when she figured out about the sad story of Bean, the ‘ugly’ cat that nobody wants, her heart just broke and she couldn’t be more sure of making Bean her family member right away.
This is Bean the exotic shorthair making an introduction
Some insight on the story of why Francisca wants a cat in the first place: “I moved into a bigger flat so I could have a cat again. When I lived with my parents, we had one. His name is Joker and I love him to death. So naturally, when I moved out, something was missing. But Joker is an outdoor cat in a rural area and my flat was quite small, so it just felt unfair to take him just so I felt better. He wouldn’t have been happy. I lived one year without a cat and then moved to a bigger flat with a balcony so I could adopt a cat. I wasn’t planning on getting one right away, because it’s always a commitment. Well, that was until I saw Bean’s picture while browsing my local shelter’s website one night.”
Funny looking Bean on the local shelter website that caught Francisca’s immediate attention
When Francisca first saw Bean, she busted into laughter as she had never seen a kitten that looked just like “a real rough street gangster” before. It did not take her long to decide to send the adoption request. She described it as a long night of nervousness and sleeplessness because she wanted her profile to be picked so badly.
The next day, she received a call from a nice lady from the rescue center asking if she really wanted to adopt Bean as it seemed like nobody had ever noticed her before.
“The woman who called me was scared that I just pressed the wrong button or something and was not really interested in her at all. I teared up at the thought of poor Bean having nobody that wanted to love her so I directly made an appointment with them for the 8th of January. I was so so so so nervous.” She told Bored Panda
Bean – looking like the real gangster of the street
Francisca said that she somewhat understands why people would rather go for “pretty pets” from breeders. It is just a normal tendency for humans to want pretty stuff, and also it is reasonable if one wants a pet with a full medical record and heritage document. Sometimes, it is also society’s standards that prevent people from finding that rare beauty hidden in an “ugly” coat.
“A lot of people said Bean was ugly, but I think she’s perfect and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Francisca also supports adopting animals. She does not hold anything against people who decide to buy pets from breeders. She thinks that by adopting, you could be giving an amazing soul a second chance to a great life full of caring and love. All animals deserve a loving home no matter how imperfect they may be, as we are too, imperfect.