Regina is originally from the Philippines and always had a cat as a child, so she was missing that companionship when she was living in a college dorm in Minnesota. Once Regina and her fiancé Ben moved into a house, they went looking for a cat at the Animal Humane Society’s St. Paul location. Madeline was in the back room since she had an upper respiratory infection. The couple just knew that Madeline was the one because she jumped up and got so excited, as if she was expecting them. When the staff person opened the door, Madeline immediately bounded into Regina’s arms and they took her home that night.
Madeline’s now part of the family and has brought warmth to the house, helping to make it a home. Madeline seemed to know just what to do to comfort Regina when she received sad news about her childhood cat. Regina’s Mom had called from the Philippines to tell her that the cat they’d had since she was in 5th grade had died. “I sat in the living room and cried and cried,” Regina says. “Madeline just looked at me then silently came over and rubbed her head on my knee. I think she really knew I needed her company. From that day on I feel she became ours. I can see now that was the moment she adopted me, right when I needed her most.”
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