Dan Urbano, a married father of two from Newton, Mass., learned his lesson on just how powerful the Internet can be, all thanks to a cat.
When Urbano’s 7-year-old son Remi kept pleading for a pet cat, he came up with a bet he admittedly thought wouldn’t go anywhere. If a picture of Remi and his 1-year-old sister, Evelyn, pleading for a cat got 1,000 likes on Facebook, he would buy the siblings a cat.
“We figured our friends and maybe their friends would be nice and kind and share with each other,” Urbano’s wife, and Remi and Evelyn’s mom, Marisa, said today on “Good Morning America.”
Marisa Urbano took the photo of Remi, alongside Eveyln, holding a sign that read, “Hey FACEBOOK! My sister & I REALLY want a CAT! My Papa PROMISES we can get one if we can get 1000 LIKES! PLEASE like this picture! Thank you .”
She posted it to her Facebook page Wednesday and just hours later, according to Marisa, the family knew they’d be getting a cat. Today, less than one week later, the picture has more than 110,000 likes on Marisa’s Facebook page and has been shared more than 100,000 times. “Never, ever did we think this was going to happen,” Marisa Urbano told “GMA.”
Over the weekend the Urbanos welcomed the new addition to their family, a female cat they have named “Hairietta L. Pawturr.” The original plan was to name the cat Hairy Pawturr but when they found out “he” was a “she,” they switched it to Hairietta instead.
She gained the middle initial “L” because she got so many likes on Facebook, the family says. Harrietta was selected by the family as their perfect pet at a local animal shelter, the Gifford Cat Shelter.