Santa, along with the help of mom, help give a young man a Christmas surprise
(12/10/2018) - Austin Brooks had only one thing on his Christmas list this year… a cat.
Last week Santa, along with the help of his mother, Mari Brooks, made his Christmas wish come true.
"Our cat had passed away on November 14 and that's actually the day that Gizzard came in, was on November 14 so it was kind of like it was meant to be," said Mari.
The 12-year-old Austin frequently volunteers at the Humane Society of Genesee County, where his mother works. That led him to meet Gizzard at a cat yoga event in Flushing a few weeks ago where he instantly fell in love with the young cat.
"When I met Gizzard, I knew he was the one," said Austin.
Mari wasn't sure she wanted a cat so young, or so Austin had thought. But his mom had a plan.
But Saturday, December 1 when Austin got to the Humane Society for the Holiday of Hope event, he noticed Gizzard had an adopted sign on his cage.
"He was super bummed because he saw a hold sign on gizzard and he didn't know the hold was for him," said Mari.
His sadness soon went away when he sat down next to Santa for a photo, along with Gizzard, the cat he thought was going home to another family.
"So later on when we were doing our pictures with Santa I had Santa and Austin get a picture with Gizzard and that's when Santa told him Gizzard was going home with him that night," said Mari.
With his mother recording the entire moment on her phone, Austin broke down when he was handed his furry new friend.
"This wasn't real,” Austin thought at the time. “I was just deeply happy and crying."
But since that day the two have been inseparable, spending almost every second together.
"He'll come in with me and sleep with me until I wake up and go to school," said Austin.
The video Brooks posted to the humane society’s Facebook page went viral.
With nearly one million views as of Monday evening and being shared by People’s Facebook page, the two can’t believe the shocking results of the video.
When asked how big they hope the video get, the two are just hoping it catches the eye of one person.
"We're just waiting on that call from Ellen to go on her show," said Austin.