In Berlin, Pip had found a grandmother who was house-sitting for her family, and she began feeding the tiny kitten. Unfortunately, her family could not take him in when they returned and the elderly woman was moving, so Laura Meadows — a high school student and friend of the family — volunteered to take him despite the fact she had not discussed it with her family. When Meadows’ family declined to let her keep Pip, Laura’s older sister Emily Meadows and her husband offered to take him for a while.
“My sister begged me to take him and we were just watching him, assuming we would take him to the humane society,” Emily Meadows told The Dodo. “But then the humane society was full and we had to keep him, so that’s how it all started.”