Meghan + Flynn

Woman Finds Needed Companionship in Rescue Cat

Meghan + Flynn

I attempted suicide on September 4, 2014. My heart stopped twice, my kidneys failed, and I only survived because of “sheer luck” as my attending physicians said. I asked my husband if we could get a cat if I made it through the recovery, and he said yes.

Two days after I was released from the hospital, I arrived at Cleveland APL looking for a new friend to focus on instead of my sadness. I found a sweet gray tabby kitten who looked scared and alone; much like I felt previously. I knew he was the one for me after the adoption specialist told me more about his story.

"I found a sweet gray tabby kitten who looked scared and alone; much like I felt previously."

It was close to the end of the night so I had to place a hold on him and come back to complete the adoption the next morning. In the meantime, it gave me time to think about my life and how much this cat meant to me. The people at the APL took the time to understand my situation and help me find a cat that would be there to lick my tears away, to be my friend through my recovery, and to be there as my sidekick after my recovery.

Flynn has been all of this and more. He has given me a reason to wake up every morning. He makes me happy when I am sad and licks my tears when I am crying. He plays with me when I don’t want to get out of my bed, and he is one of the biggest reasons that I have to continue my therapy to complete my recovery.


Without the help of the Cleveland APL and their caring adoption specialists, I never would have had this great cat as a friend and would not be alive today. He is my absolute reason for living, along with his brothers and sisters who have also been carefully chosen at the APL.

This kitty has taught me that I am now strong enough to foster. I’ve found life-affirming happiness because of the suggestion to foster by the associates at the Cleveland APL. In fact, I am about to start volunteering in the veterinarian area to help out the doctors and veterinarian technicians that work at the Cleveland APL to help animals on a daily basis.

I can never thank the Cleveland APL enough. Not only did the save the life of this kitten that found me during that desperately sad time in my life, but they helped to save my life, too. We are inseparable and he is my everything.


Each year, the Petco Love invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Meghan Moran won Cleveland Animal Protective League in Cleveland, Ohio a 2015 Holiday Wishes award.