A cat returned to shelter less than two months after she was adopted has brought TikTok users to tears.

A TikTok video posted from Mother of Kittens (@atlmotherofkittens) shows two-year-old Mama sitting in an enclosure at the FurKids animal shelter in Atlanta. Mama is a domestic short hair tabby cat, Deanna Woo-Alba, the FurKids Atlanta adoption counselor who runs the TikTok account, told Newsweek.

According to the counselor, Mama was picked up by a local animal control in July this year with her young kittens and later rescued by FurKids.

The cat was sent back to the shelter “due to not being a good fit for her adopter’s cat – she was just too playful,” read a caption shared with the TikTok video.

Woo-Alba said that Mama was adopted towards the end of September and returned to the shelter in November, spending only around six weeks in her adoptive home.

“Her reason for return was unfortunately due to the other cat in the home not wanting anything to do with her, despite Mama’s efforts to be playful,” the counselor said.

Rescue cat Mama at FurKids Atlanta shelter.
Mama, a two-year-old domestic short hair tabby rescue cat, seen at the FurKids animal shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. Mama was returned to the shelter after around six weeks in her adoptive home for being “too playful.”
FurKids Atlanta

The latest post came as each year 6.3 million pets are surrendered to U.S. shelters, which is an average of 17,260 a day, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The number of cats and dogs taken in by pet shelters hit 46,807 a day during January 2023, an increase of 1,744 compared with January 2022, the 24Pet ‘Shelter Watch Report’ found. Around 920,000 surrendered animals are euthanized every year. Shelters are striving to minimize euthanasia rates by promoting adoption campaigns, spaying and neutering programs, and behavior rehabilitation.

Among the millions of animals entering shelters and rescues across the country, adult cats and neonatal kittens (newborns aged up to around four weeks old) form a large portion of those in need of a home, according to the Humane Society of the United States.

‘Sad and Confused’

A message overlaid on the latest TikTok video read: “My name is Mama. I’m a little bit sad and confused why I’m back at the shelter.

“I’m sorry to my previous adopters for being too playful for their other cat. I was trying my best…I was just so happy to be in a home of my own,” another message says.

Woo-Alba said that the shelter tries its best to inform adopters that our feline friends require a bit more time than other animals when it comes to adjusting to a new family member or family pet.

However, “we also always accept our previously adopted cats back at our shelter and appreciate when adopters understand that what they initially signed up for was just too much handle,” she added.

A message overlaid on the video said: “Am I a bad cat? Why am I here again? Will someone ever give me the chance to be the sweet and playful cat that I truly am?”

According to Woo-Alba, Mama still has no applications for adoption, “which we hope will change soon.”

Another note overlaid on the clip reads: “I’m currently with my friends at FurKids Midtown Atlanta, waiting for my true forever people to come find me,” as the video ends.

‘She Deserves a Forever Home’

Mama’s story has broken the hearts of users on TikTok.

Charlotte Davis said “my heart shatters at this” and Amy Wilcox noted “Poor girl… she’s beautiful.”

User daniellew1987 wrote: “Please help mama, she deserves a forever home!”

Suzanne Leibrich Cla said: “I’m so sorry People need to realize it takes a while for the other kitties to except a new one, please be patient.”

Ariel noted: “Playing with your cat is one of the best things. I feel so sad.”

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