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If you ask most 5-year-old girls what they like to do for fun, you’ll probably hear things like “play with toys” or “watch cartoons.” Melanie is not your typical 5-year-old. She doesn’t care about dolls or toys, and watching TV just doesn’t appeal to her. If you ask Melanie what she likes to do for fun, the answer is simple, “play with Rockford.”

Two years ago, Melanie and her parents moved to Minnesota from Kenya. Her mother, Stella, thought that since Melanie was an only child, she would enjoy an animal companion. So when Melanie turned five, they went to Animal Humane Society to pick out a new friend for her. There they found Rockford, an adorable 2-month-old brown tabby kitten who weighed just over two pounds.

Melanie may not have any siblings, but Rockford definitely keeps her company. She feeds him, they play together, she carries him around with her, and every night he ends up on her bed to cuddle. Rockford and Melanie have become best friends. The little kitten is more than just a pet; he’s an important member of the family.

Photography courtesy of Laurie Schneider Photography. For information on pet portraits visit http://www.lschneider.com/.

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Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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    (763) 522-4325
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    (763) 412-4969
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    (763) 489-2202
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    (763) 489-2222
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