Woman Convinces Landlord That Rescue Cat Named Mr. Willis Is Worth Breaking A ‘No Pets’ Policy

Battered and broken down, a formerly stray orange tabby named Bruce Willis looks a lot older than his estimated six years. He has scars from defending himself from animals, chipped teeth, an old eye injury, and he tests positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus).  His healed eye is a little droopy, his one ear is a little cockeyed, and his scars leave his fur looking a little bedraggled. But despite all that, Bruce Willis (affectionately called Mr. Willis) has found his happy ending. He’s living peacefully with his favorite human who has proven beyond a doubt, that she will do anything to keep him safe—that includes convincing her landlord to make an exception to her apartment’s no-pet policy.

Mr. Willis

Mr. Willis’ rough-around-the-edges appearance is due to spending years on the streets struggling to survive. It’s hard to tell exactly how long he was a stray, but the sweet cat came to the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota in bad shape. He needed veterinary care and time to recover. But despite his checkered past, the sad-looking tabby quickly earned a reputation for being one of the friendliest felines in the shelter. The shelter wrote on Facebook,

Bruce is the sweetest and most affectionate boy around. All cheeks and love, he will brighten every day you spend with him.

Whenever someone got close, Mr. Willis would turn on his purr motor and beg to cuddle. He thrived on love and attention, and shelter staff knew he deserved a home as loving as he was. The problem was, his disheveled looks made him harder to get adopted. Every day, he would purr at potential adopters, but no one wanted to take him home. He never lost hope, but shelter staff knew he couldn’t wait forever. They started sharing his picture online in hopes of attracting the right person. In a matter of days, their strategy worked.

Sandra happened to see the shelter’s Facebook post about Mr. Willis on International Cat Day. She is a big fan of cats, but her apartment had a strict ‘no pets’ policy. Even still, she felt compelled to pay Mr. Willis a visit. She told LoveMeow,

When I saw his picture, it just spoke to my heart.

At the shelter, Mr. Willis did what he does best. He purred in Sandra’s arms and looked lovingly at her with his sad, sweet eyes. It was hard to leave, but her landlord’s pet policy stayed in her mind. She walked away after that first visit feeling heartbroken. She wished she could take Mr. Willis home, but she was hopeful someone else would come around and recognize the sweet soul in the former street cat.

Every day, Sandra couldn’t help but check the shelter’s website for updates. One day, she learned her favorite shelter cat was feeling down with an upper respiratory infection. She decided to visit him again to help him feel better. He was as loving as ever, and that second visit sparked something within Sandra. After that day, she went back to the shelter again and again. Mr. Willis greeted her with affection every time, and the two started to get to know each other.

After about a month, there were still no potential adopters. Mr. Willis had already spent so much of his life alone. Convinced that she and Mr. Willis were meant to be together, Sandra went to her landlord. She sent a picture and described the situation.

It took persuasion, but her plan worked! Her landlord agreed that a loving street cat in need of a home was worth bending the rules.

 

With her landlord’s permission, Sandra and Mr. Willis finally became a family. On his first night in his new home, Sandra says her new cat purred and cuddled as if he’d lived there his whole life. He follows her around the house and jumps in her lap every time she sits down. Mr. Willis is finally enjoying the good life, and his sweet face will be loved for the rest of his days. 

See more adorable pictures of Mr. Willis on Instagram

All images via Instagram/mrwillisthecat

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14 Comments

  1. As a landlord I encourage cat and dog owners to rent from me. Not enough housing is available. Cats are a positive in any home. Dogs are also great. Unfortunately many people are not able to do goo

  2. Dear god. Mr Willis deserves so much love, comfort and happiness. I’m so grateful that sweet lady adopted him! Thank you both for being such kind souls.

  3. What a perfect story, I am so happy this beautiful angel has a loving forever home! I wish there were more wonderful people out there who would help these innocent animals and give them a loving home!!

  4. Thank the Good Lord for someone willing to bend the rules for this sweet baby and for the sweet lady that took him in and refused to give up. God Bless them both!

  5. I read his Story today. My heart just stayed in my thoat. Hoping for him. Just hoping. I looked at his darling little Face and such beautiful resonated. He has such a Sweet face with True charm. I am grateful to the Shelter for your Marvelous work. Sandra for the sweet Compassion. And to the Kindest Landlord., youre heart is amazing. Thank you Mr.Willis.
    Sending you a Life Lived Long in Love!
    A Networker & Animial Activist.

  6. What a wonderful story! I went over to Instagram & saw all the pictures & videos shared there of Bruce & his hoomin. Like all ginger males, like my own cat, he’s a real sweetie & full of character. He’s so blessed to’ve ended up where he is now, & he’s a huge blessing to Sandra as well. 😻

  7. I have 3 that were strays. one diagnosed the same and is now 16 years old. Another orange tabby. I love those that find it in their heart to give love to those others throw rocks or shoot at. They can be the most loveable ones out there. Mine actually sleeps on a pillow at my head.

    • I’ve taken care of 4 that I rescued in my neighborhood.
      It’s a shame that I’m the only one who will.
      People need to learn how to care for something other than themselves.
      All the poor animals need is someone’s care and love,and they’ll give complete devotion and affection to the human who takes the time to stop and care.

  8. I just wanted to say Thank You, to you as a pet parent and the landlord who helped make that possible.

  9. God bless those that give animals in need a home. There is a special place in heaven for you! Loved the story

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