Lightning (fka Binks)

My husband and I adopted Lightning (formerly Binks) from the Heartland Animal Shelter in September of 2016. He is now a little over a year old. The first night we brought him home he had so much pent up kitten energy that he ran circles around our spare bedroom all night long! After doing some research on his unique color markings, we learned that he is most likely a Turkish Van. He is a shining example of his breed with impressive athleticism and quite the fascination with water!

Lightning quickly made friends with our other two cats, Selphie and Kino, often cuddling and playing together with them. Kino, our ginger kitty, is especially happy to have a new playmate to run all around the house with! One of Lightning’s favorite places to spend time is with me and my students in my home music studio. He often makes himself comfortable on the piano as I teach lessons and loves the attention he gets from all the visitors 🙂

Lightning is such a sweet, lovable member of our family and we are so thankful to the Heartland animal shelter and his foster parent(s) for taking care of him as a kitten!

Natalie & Jeremiah

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When you adopt from a no-kill shelter, you save two lives. The animal you adopt and the one that replaces him.