Every year, thousands of kids with life-threatening illnesses have their biggest wish granted through the Make-A-Wish program.
But one Vermont girl is getting her wish while also providing shelter for animals in need.
If you met Kira Serisky, 15, you’ll notice her love of cats — and outer space. “So I’m a total nerd and I have a slight, massive obsession with astrophysics,” said Kira.
From her shoes, to her backpack, even her earrings, you could call her a crazy cat lady. Her mother says she’s loved animals since she was very little. But when a complex connective tissue disease meant Kira would have to use a wheelchair, she began fostering kittens as a way to give back.
“I, like most people, just thought that kittens, when they entered a shelter, when they entered a rescue system were immediately swooped up and adopted because they’re cute little fluffy fur balls,” said Kira.
But Kira says a litter of kittens is one of the most vulnerable populations in any shelter and the most likely to be euthanized. But her current living situation isn’t ideal for fostering.
“She’s been living in our front living room for two-and-a-half years because she can’t get up and down the stairs,” said Kira’s mom, Marge Serisky.
So when she applied for a wish through the Make-A-Wish program, Kira blended her passions by asking for a “galaxy cat wonder fairy land” themed room, fully equipped with a space for her to continue to foster kittens.
“It’ll make everything so much easier not just for fostering but just for a space to live in as well,” said Kira
On Wednesday, that wish came true. Kira even adopted a kitten, Arminius, who has the same connective tissue diseases that she does.