Sammy Nickalls
Updated October 18, 2015 5:44 pm
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When you see a picture of a tiny kitten, it’s hard not to be absolutely smitten by the cuteness. But a Facebook post by an animal shelter is going viral. . . for the most heart-shattering reason ever.

When an unnamed woman was walking her dog down an alleyway in Kirkland, Washington, she saw a box. She would have just kept on walking by — after all, on the outside, it looked like an ordinary box — if it weren’t for her dog, which sniffed the box with interest. The woman decided to open it, and inside was a beautiful kitten with bright blue eyes. . . as well as a note that was clearly penned by a child. “My mommys [sic] boyfriend is mean to me. Desperet [sic] for a loving home,” the note read in orange magic marker, ending in a frowny face.

The woman took the kitten home, got it checked out at the vet to make sure it was healthy, and found it was a bit thin, but otherwise healthy. Then, she took it to her local shelter — MEOW Cat Rescue, which shared pictures of the note and the kitten on Facebook. “The baby is now in a foster home with other kittens of similar age and doing very well,” the shelter wrote in its Facebook post. “We are so happy to have her.”

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