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Looking at Haru, a sweet tortoiseshell born in late 2007, you may be reminded of Margaret Keane’s paintings of big-eyed, sad children that became famous in the 1960s. Haru is a little thing, just over 3.5 kilograms. Her green eyes do seem disproportionately large for her small body.

Those eyes also reflect the sadness that is her story, of a waif that never really found a family — at least not one that called her one of their own. She has languished at the shelter for much too long.

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