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Never underestimate the power of a pair of adorable kids asking for a kitty on Facebook.
Dan Urbano told his two children that if they could get 1,000 Facebook Likes on their plea for a cat - he would give in and get a four-legged fury friend for the family in Newton, Massachusetts.
But he had no idea their adorable post would go viral, amassing nearly 120,000 likes and over 100,000 shares from across the globe on the social networking website.
Marisa Papile Urbano helped her two children, 7-year-old Remi and his cute toddler sister, Evelyn, write their wish on a white board.
'Hey Facebook! My sister and I really want a CAT. Our papa promises we can get one if we can get 1,000 Likes. Please Like this picture. Thank you!' the plea read, as the little ones smiled excitedly holding up the board.
The mom added her own commentary to the posting on November 5.
'Dan thinks there is NO way we can do this. I say there is. Help us out. We really want a cat named Hairy Pawturrr. If you can't like, shares. Shares count too! Thanks so much everyone!!'
But the heart warming post quickly gained a following, first with friends and family and by November 6 it went viral across the globe with Likes coming in across Europe and Asia from people they didn't even know.
The posting easily crossed the 1k threshold, much to the astonishment of the skeptical father who told a co-worker, 'Maybe I under shot it.'
'I knew it was going to hit 1k at some point - I thought it would take longer than 2 hrs,' he said, in blog posting by Mimoco - the Boston based design company where he works as an Operations Manager.
'I thought it would take a week or so. I knew I was screwed when within an hour we had 400 likes and Marisa was still trying to figure out how to make the picture 'public' once she figured that out that’s when things started going nuts.'
Once the little Urbanos lived up to their part of the deal, their father had no choice but cave in and get them a feline friend.
They decided to choose a cat from the Ellen M Gifford Cat Shelter in Brighton, Massachusetts and chose a green-eyed tabby, they selected over the weekend, and they named her 'Hairietta L. Pawturr.'
They had originally decided 'Hairy Pawturr' in honor of their love for the fantasy book but feminized the name when they chose a girl.
They said her middle initial stands for 'Likes,' to pay tribute to the online method that helped the youngsters secure their friend.
'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,' the mom posted in a message after the amazing online endeavor.
'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!'
Though Dan wasn't too enthusiastic about the new addition initially, he now said he thinks cats are 'OK.'
'Out of all the pets we could have gotten, a cat is the best I could think of but we’re getting rid of all our fish now.'
After all the hoopla, the dad admitted admitted that his soon is most 'excited to prove me wrong.' Like.