One family in Staten Island, New York has a lot to celebrate.
The DiPaolo family just held a party for their cat Yo-Yo in honor of his 1-year birthday.
But this isn’t your average, crazy cat loving family. Joe and Lauren DiPaolo have found themselves caretakers to 6 amazing cats; all special needs felines.
Now, with their ameowzing cat crew, they are making it their mission to bring awareness of “handicats” and inspire others to adopt these deserving felines. Proving special needs felines are just as capable, loving and playful as any other, their social media sites are flooded with proof.
The oldest of their furry family is Little. He is about 6 ½ years old and has Cerebellar Hypoplasia or CH, a condition that affects his motor skills and coordination. CH it is a non-progressing neurological condition that is not contagious, but Little cannot stand or walk.
Joe and Lauren happily exclaim that Little believes “he is completely normal and that the rest of the crew gets around weird”. He loves attention and will loudly proclaim his desires to his humans.
Little thought I was getting food. He was so excited, that he stood up 😊 and started demanding treats. Obviously, we gave him a ton treats directly after this #soproud #golittlego #suchabigboy #chcat #wobblycat #alwayssurprisingus #goodboy #littlerocks #themeowlife #catvideo #funnycat #bestmeow #thedodo #cats_of_instagram #catsofinstagram #specialneedspets #adoptdontshop #adoptalessadoptable
Mika is the next in line. The 4 year old blind girl likes to observe the household happenings from the sidelines, commonly photo-bombing their pictures. She doesn’t realize just how photogenic she is!
But then when it’s time to play…Mika is right in the center of the fun!
Then there is Mac. This handsome 2-year-old holds a special place in their hearts. He was born with a cleft palate, half of a nostril, Cardiomyopathy and has Megaesophagus.
On our way to Philly for Kittydelphia @kittydelphia to raise awareness for special needs pets and raise money for @phillypaws 👍🏻 So happy that I get to travel with my husband and my best friend/cat advocate MAC 🐱 #solucky #ourjourney #oursdventures #kittydelphia #raiseawareness #specialneedspets #macthegremlin #mymacaroni #adoptdontshop #adoptalessadoptable #cats_of_instagram #catsofinstagram #thedodo #catvideo #macchillin
Mac also gets to join mom and dad at special events to help promote their causes. Here they are at CatCamp 2017 bumping heads with some famous feline supporters!
Girl Leela is next and they describe her as the “1-year-old badass with 1 eye”. This doesn’t stop her from always being up to something, which she’s usually also recruited an accomplice for.
The silly girl reportedly likes to open doors, pee in the toilet and the sink is her “happy place”.
Black beauty Selita is a bit over a year old now and was found missing her back two feet and most of her tail! They will likely never discover what this sweet girl went through, but it hasn’t stopped her from thriving in life.
She has bonded quite closely to YoYo and the two are best buds!
Which brings us to the “baby” of the family, YoYo. This ginger survivor just celebrated his first birthday with the family after being saved from the “to be destroyed” list.
Joe and Lauren rushed to the shelter just minutes before he was to be euthanized for being blind. Another family had thankfully pulled him from the shelter but were looking for a foster family for the special needs boy.
The DiPaolo’s weren’t planning on keeping YoYo, but you know how it goes in the world of kitty rescue. He wormed his way into their hearts and the hearts of their other cats, bonding with each one of them. He may be the youngest, but he has brought them all closer.
I’ve been so focused on Little… that I didn’t even realize today is YoYo’s FIRST BIRTHDAY 🎉🎂🎈 I can’t even believe our youngest baby is one! Remember in the beginning when he was growing like a weed? We all thought holy crap he’s going to be a BIG boy 😂 Then at four months he decided to stop growing and at a year old he weighs in at a whole 5 pounds 🤣 I really love this brave, blind and fearless soul 🧡 Prepare for some more YoYo cuteness on the IG feed tonight. #yoyothemagnificent #thecaretaker #fearless #blindcatsrock #blindcatsofinstagram #cats_of_instagram #catsofinstagram #thedodo #catvideo #catdad #sogentle #bestmeow #rescuecat #themeowlife #1stbirthday #yoyoturns1
Baby YoYo got to accompany his mom to work at the dance studio. He may not have been the best student, but he sure does have some moves for a blind baby!
This is what goes on with YoYo when I try to teach 😹 @the_dance_tutor He is definitely a happy cat!! I can’t believe only 5 days ago he was set up to be destroyed 👎🏼 #euthlistsurvivor #survivor #blindcat #yoyo #happycat #thedodo #rescue #rescuecat #handicat #adoptdontshop #adoptalessadoptable #helovesfeet #catstocker #cats_of_instagram #dancers #dance #feet #thedancetutor #handicat #blindcatsofinstagram
The furry family has another fan that loves to shower them with gifts. German artist Inga Rausch has painted the babies and YoYo got his official portrait for his celebration (see first article photo).
These cats may not know they are any different from others, but they sure do know they are stunning lookers!!
If you’d like to help them out, please visit their Amazon Wish List too!
Come November 2018, there will certainly be more adorable pics and videos as the utterly fantastic furbabies meet their new human sibling, due around Thanksgiving! Congratulations DiPaolo’s!!
That hasn’t stopped Joe from happily indulging in Father’s Day’s past though <3
The Dodo recently did an amazing video on the family as well that you won’t want to miss!