“The first thing he said to us was, ‘Oh no, you don’t want her,’” Nguyen said. “I took a step back and said, ‘What do you mean I don’t want her?’ And he said, ‘You don’t want this cat. When she first came in, she started hissing, swatting all of the officers that were trying to handle her and we had to put her in the isolation room.’ And I was like, ‘No, this is the sweetest cat ever.’”
This officer wasn’t the only one who didn’t think highly of Kya — a female shelter worker was also surprised by Nguyen’s interest in Kya. “She said, ‘Are you for real? I haven’t seen her like anybody except for you guys,’” Nguyen said.
On Kya’s official paperwork, the shelter staff had even labeled Kya as “aggressive,” and they made Nguyen sign a consent form before they allowed her to interact with Kya.