Born with an extra chromosome, Maya looks different than other cats.

The tabby was found behind a Chinese restaurant, and brought to a local shelter. But because of her unusual appearance and slightly different personality, she was deemed unadoptable and put on death row.

Things were looking very grim for Maya — until The Odd Cat Sanctuary learned of her predicament, and came the rescue. Maya was put into a foster home, and soon adopted by someone willing to give this special cat a chance.

Now in a forever home, Maya gets to live a happy life filled with love.

Maya was very lucky, but many other “different” cats never get this chance. Thank you, Maya’s adopter, for realizing that less-conventional kitties make wonderful pets, too.