Dan Urbano Buys His Kids a Cat After Placing a Facebook Bet

One of the cutest stories about the power of social networks and people’s kind hearts, which help children to gain a new family member – a charming cat.

The photo of Remi and Eveyln on Marisa Urbano’s Facebook page. Photo: Marisa Papile Urbano/Facebook

Despite living in our century of Internet and social networks governing, some people still underestimate the power of the modern wide web.

Dan Urbano from Newton, Mass., is a married father of two. When his 7-year-old son Remi kept begging for a cat, they agreed on a bet, which the father considered already then to be won by him. He promised to buy the chidren a cat if a picture of Remi and his 1-year-old sister, Evelyn, pleading for a cat got 1,000 likes on Facebook.

Marisa  – Dan’s wife  –  took the photo of Remi and Eveyln, holding a sign that stated, “Hey Facebook! My sister and I want a CAT! My Papa promises we can get one if we can get 1000 likes! Please like this picture! Thank you.”

“We figured our friends and maybe their friends would be nice and kind and share with each other,” Marisa, said on “Good Morning America.” 

Just a few hours after she posted the photo to her Facebook page the family learned they’d be getting a cat.  Today, less than one week later, the picture has more than 120,000 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.”

On the weekend the Urbanos welcomed the new family member, a female cat they have named “Hairietta L. Pawturr.”  Harrietta was selected by the family as their perfect pet at a local animal shelter, the Gifford Cat Shelter.

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.

Now, Marisa Urbano  has a Facebook album titled “Welcome home Hairyette Pawturr,” where she thanks  everyone who had helped raise awareness for the kids’ cause:

“What a great few days! Thank you to all the kind souls out there who rooted for our kids and taught us all a few lessons about how much kindness there really is in the world and how powerful social networks are. We never intended to get this much attention, but are so happy to have put smiles on some faces and most importantly to have saved a life. Thank you to the Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter for helping us find our newest family member, they are a wonderful organization and were so kind to our family. Hooray for happy endings!”

The support for the family is so outpouring  that many are asking whether they can send gifts to the little kitty . The family suggested making a donation to the Gifford shelter in Hairyette’s name instead.

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