In honor of Senior Pet Adoption Month we bring you a story from staff member Rosa:
I adopted my senior cat, Fatty, the day that she was to be euthanized at the shelter. Why was she going to be euthanized? Well, she was oldish – about 11 and had terrible periodontal disease. She has been at the shelter for over 3 months and her time was up. I immediately fell in love with the sassy resting-grumpy face and hearty purr. The day I brought her home was the first day in my new apartment. She walked about of the carrier, sniffed around, and then sat on the couch as if she had lived there her entire life. It was a perfect match.
At 15+ years old, she’s still spunky, playful and will smack you in the face for a bite of your food!
Her favorite treats are Hot Cheetos, salmon, and french fries.
She is the most perfect cat, ever. Everyone who meets her, even people that say they don’t like cats, are smitten.
Her gorgeous face and friendly demeanor has resulted in multiple photoshoots for my own family photos as well as pet supply shops.
Who would have thought the little old lady would become such a star?
Adopting a senior pet can be difficult as you fall in love with a pet that you know will have only a limited amount of time with you. The care for them is much more intensive than one for a young pet.
If you adopt a senior, plan on:
-2 vet visits a year
-yearly blood work
-anesthetized dental cleaning with possible extractions. Fatty only has 2 teeth left!
In the past 2 years she has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and a previously unknown broken pelvis causing her arthritis. With the wonderful care I have from Dr. Reid, we have been able to keep her healthy and happy.
Fatty is my soulmate. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.