This is a great and tender cat rescue story from America. Two elderly cats found themselves in a cat shelter in Maryland. One is 11 years old and the other 16-years-of-age. A woman kindly adopted the 11-year-old. However, these cats are very close friends. They are good buddies. They had bonded and the lady realised this so she went back to the shelter and adopted the 16-year-old who had been left behind.
Cat shelters are hard places for any cat but for an elderly cat they are particularly hard because a lot of people don't like to adopt an elderly cat. They get left behind, sometimes euthanized. People are wrong though because elderly cats make wonderful companions. The only problem is that you may have to deal with illness which of course I recognise to be a difficulty but the rewards are there.
The 11-year-old cat's name is Mojo. The 16-year-old's name is Max. There are now together in a loving home the way it should be. The lady said:
"The idea of him living out his life in a cage just broke my heart."
If an elderly cat is not euthanized at a shelter they can sometimes go downhill through illness because of the stress of being in cage and a shelter. There are many cases of shelter buddies being split up, leading one to being left behind who shuts down after losing his best friend. It is wonderful that that did not happen on this occasion. We must praise the lady but I don't know her name.
This is a cross-post from the main website because it is such a good story. My thanks to Elisa Black-Taylor who wrote the story on examiner.com and originally to Tracy Campion I believe found the story in the first place.
The shelter is the Anne Arundel Shelter.