Being a good pet owner comes down to many things:
spending time with your pet, feeding them on time, walking them or changing their litter, being kind and gentle.
Chances are that 'being straight' doesn't make your list of important qualities for pet ownership.
Unfortunately this was the case for a person in the UK.
Back in August 2017, actor and writer Alex Andreou answered an ad about a kitten who "desperately needed rehoming." After a two hour drive, the owner changed their mind because Andreou is gay.
He documented the exchange on Twitter.
So, I just travelled two hours to adopt a cat that desperately needed rehoming and was turned down for being gay. W… https://t.co/MMu0otA3pD— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503427268.0
Photos of their texts can be seen below.
However, no matter how used to it we are, bullying and singling out for our differences always hurts.
So now I'm on the bus and I'm sobbing and people are staring at me because the truth is it hurts as much as when I was 8 years old.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503427486.0
And then it seemed like things might be looking up.
UPDATE: An Amazing friend who lives locally to that evil cow, is picking up the cats for me on Thursday. I am so happy.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503436539.0
I may then have to festoon the cats in Rainbow Flags and send her photos. Is there a co that makes pink litter? Pride cat bowls? I NEED GEAR— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503436650.0
However, then things began to get bizarre.
His friend had the planned adoption cancelled as well.
I have another update and it's not good news. This just in, from the friend who was getting the kitties for me. https://t.co/5fSW7oVqvU— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503487562.0
Photos of the interaction between the seller and Andreou's friend, Lisa, can be seen below.
Andreou started to get suspicious.
I don't think the poor cats are getting out. If they even exist. But, somehow, that she is generally strange makes it feel less personal.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503487718.0
And then it all got very weird.
THE PLOT THICKENS! I did a reverse image search. Curious to see if she responds. Quite clear there are no cats. Jus… https://t.co/Lhhc10Z3mP— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503496360.0
Andreou's follow-up text with the "cat owner" can be seen below.
She just called me!!! Says I'm right, she's been advertising for months and has rejected a lot of people, but only out of love for the cats.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503500491.0
She also said the reason she used a stock photo is that she doesn't have a camera and all cats look the same.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503500520.0
I told her that I reported her ad so it's taken down, alerted the police in case it's part of a scam and to get a fucking life. And hung up.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503500564.0
Then, after sussing out this was all a cruel game the woman played over and over, Andreou decided to turn his energies back to finding a furry friend.
The upshot is I am REALLY ready for some cat-love after all this BS. So, if in London and looking to rehome a cat (two even better), DM me.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503502401.0
I live in Bermondsey, work from home, am a "seasoned" cat parent with a good local vet, and own my flat, incl. large enclosed outside space.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503502537.0
Also, I am currently single. HA! Ok. Baby steps.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503502571.0
The response was immediate and overwhelming.
My goodness. All of London is offering me ALL THE KITTEHS. Thank you! Definitely enough leads to be getting on with. Will keep you posted.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503509340.0
And Andreou got his happy ending!
HELLO TWITTER. HERE IS YOUR HAPPY ENDING. I present brothers George Meowchael-Andreou (left) and Freddie Purrcury… https://t.co/7Ju8iRJipb— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503518666.0
George and Freddie are part of a rescue litter. They're being neutered next Friday and will be in their new home with me shortly thereafter.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503518736.0
I cannot, seriously cannot, express enough gratitude to Amanda from @LillysLegacy, whose reaction to my story was like the warmest hug.— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503518810.0
@LillysLegacy I will now go buy ALL THE CAT THINGS EVER and plot about organising an event and @gofundme campaign t… https://t.co/9iEAIePCPd— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503518906.0
@LillysLegacy @gofundme Screw bigotry. Kindness wins. Over and out, Freddie, George, and Alex— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1503522313.0
And now, over a year after Andreou's awful experience trying to adopt a cat, George Meowchael-Andreou and Freddie Purrcury-Andreou are happy in their home with Alex.
Lazy afternoon. https://t.co/yYHsF8kw1b— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1540297756.0
Even George is finding it a bit cold this morning and he’s wearing fur. https://t.co/WeY2tQe61Y— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1540721548.0
@Ka_Cashdollar https://t.co/0VniQjRrwK— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1542429295.0
Even if the boys might get into a bit of mischief now and then.
So, you’ve lovingly painted your headboard with metallic bronze. It’s touch-dry in twenty minutes. What is the one… https://t.co/ic9EvTeEcW— Alex Andreou (@Alex Andreou)1539518947.0