Ever since Mari Brooks and her 12-year-old son Austin's cat passed away in November, their household has been a little more glum than usual. And while grieving is a huge part of coming to terms with the loss of a pet, Mari knew she'd make Austin's holiday season by surprising him with a new cat named Gizzard — or Gizz for short — she rescued from the Humane Society of Genesee County, where she works. Luckily, Mari caught Austin's reaction on camera, and we've never seen something so pure.
"Austin has been a volunteer at [the Humane Society of Genesee County] for about two years now," Mari told POPSUGAR. "He comes in to play with the kitties, walk dogs, and he helps me at events that I plan. Austin loves all animals! But kitties really hold a special place in his heart. Our kitty passed away on Nov. 14, and that was his best friend. He loves to snuggle with them and play with them too."