Esperanza and the kittens were all pulled from the shelter and taken in by Coco's Animal Welfare, a rescue in Mexico, ensuring that the unusual little family was finally safe. It was there that Esperanza met her future family.
"We were on vacation in Playa Del Carmen in 2010," Evi Pover, Esperanza's mom, told The Dodo. "Three days in, we decided to pet kittens at Coco's Animal Welfare. As we were leaving, they asked if we'd like to see a dog who was nursing a litter of kittens. There was an instant bond between Esperanza and my son, so we decided to adopt her."