Over the 10 weeks that followed, Stephanie and Bela helped the tiny kittens grow into frisky youngsters. Finally they were ready to be adopted out by Billy the Kidden Rescue, a Virginia-based group where the Pabons volunteer.
It's always been bittersweet to part ways with their foster kittens, but this time Bela found it especially difficult saying goodbye to Helen. As they dropped the kittens off at the rescue facility, she began to weep silently over Helen, trying but failing to hide that fact from her mother. After all, she had known their time together would be brief.
"I saw her puddle of tears," Pabon said. "She has not bonded like that to any of the others."
After three days, Bela still just wasn't herself, so her mother decided to ensure Helen found a home — by welcoming her back into theirs for good.
Here's the emotional moment Bela learned she and Helen would be together forever.