A boy was brought to tears while meeting Santa Claus at a Michigan mall -- and it wasn't because he was told he's on the naughty list.

Austin Brooks wanted only one thing for Christmas this year and that's a cat. His family's cat recently passed away and he was devastated. He started volunteering at the Humane Society and fell in love with a cat named Gizzard.

Earlier this month, Austin got to the Humane Society and saw a sign on Gizzard's cage saying he'd been adopted. Austin was crushed that someone had taken his furry friend.

But what Austin didn't know was that his mom was the one who had adopted the cat. He found out when he sat next to Santa for a picture and St. Nick surprised him with Gizzard and told him he'd be taking him home.

Since then, Austin's mom says the two have been inseparable.