Oddly enough, Menjivar had never been a cat person — she'd always preferred dogs. But several years before, she had found a senior cat in the middle of the street who was in such bad shape veterinarians said she had mere weeks left to live. This cat, who came to be called Kitty, ended up living for five years under Menjivar's care.
Obviously, this dog person seemed to have a knack for taking care of needy cats.
Kitty had passed away a year before Menjivar saw the video clip of Valentino crying — and she felt a similar urgency to help.
Valentino came to stay with Menjivar at the end of March last year. Five weeks later, she was formally adopting him. And the rest, as they say, is history.