Courtesy of our friends at PetSmart Charities, here’s an adoption story that will have you searching for your purr-fect companion immediately

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 08, 2015 06:14 PM

A family from New Mexico brought more than memories home with them when they returned from a zoo in Albuquerque.

While making the trek home, they spotted a PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend event, where they met Buster — a full-figured mature kitty looking for someone to love him.

Buster was in the right place at the right time: the entire Ward family fell for the 10-year-old tabby right away, especially dad Mike Ward, a 6-ft., 4-in., 200-lb. U.S. Air Force master sergeant, who knows what it’s like to have a little extra surface area.

“This cat was taking up both of my arms to hold him up on my chest,” Ward told PetSmart Charities. “He nuzzled me and gave me a nice little kitty lick on the cheek, and I’m like, ‘Yep.’ “

Obviously, Buster belonged to the Wards — but there was definitely a “nope” when it came to the matter of Buster’s name. It just didn’t fit, they said.

“We refer to him now as King Louis. He walks like he owns the place,” Mike said.

King Louis now shares his kingdom with the family’s two other cats, Cowbell and Songbell, who seemingly take a bow in his presence. “They come up, and they’ll rub against him, and the whole family gets along,” Mike added.

To learn how to adopt more pets like King Louis through PetSmart Charities, click here.