A senior cat finds his perfect loving home
Too often, older pets linger in adoption centers as their younger counterparts—the adorable puppies and kittens—are adopted almost instantaneously.
These more mature pets, however, have a different kind of love to offer, which sometimes takes simply the right family to understand.
Thirteen-year-old Cinna longed for just such a family. After being found as a stray in June 2012, the orange-colored cat was brought to KHS and remained there for two months, patiently waiting for someone who could look past his age to see a beautiful feline with more years of love to offer.
His wish came true when Will and Tathyana Fensterer saw his photo and profile while browsing the Kentucky Humane Society's website.
Adoption counselor Jeanie Blain had added meaningful words to Cinna's profile—the lyrics to "Memory" from the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Jeanie had a special affection for the older cat, who had known better days. Tathyana read Cinna's profile and was moved to tears. Her husband, Will, had seen Cats numerous times and was also moved.
"My wife was looking for a friend for our 11-year-old cat, Julia," says Will. "When she read about Cinna, she became very emotional."
Cinna's advanced years and sweet face touched the couple. Shortly afterward, Will surprised his wife with a visit to KHS to bring Cinna to his new home.
"At the Main Campus, when the adoptions staff realized we were adopting him, everyone got emotional about his departure," says Will.
It was easy to see that staff had become quite attached to this sweet, elderly feline, and the Fensterers and KHS staff were full of smiles and tears as Cinna left for his forever home.
The family soon visited their veterinarian for a checkup and found that there was a simple explanation for Cinna's weight, which had been low while at the shelter. He had diabetes, an easily managed disease. The veterinarian also found an ulcer on Cinna's left eye, which Will and Tathyana continue to treat.
"He eats special food," Will explains, "in addition to daily insulin, eye drops and anti-inflammatory medication for his eye. But the ulcer is almost gone! And now that his diabetes has been diagnosed, he has gone from eight pounds to almost 13.5!"
Will and Tathyana say that Cinna is now "living the dream" as he runs and plays around their house.
"He's just awesome, such a funny guy," says Will. "I believe Cinna's story is a prime example of the love and devotion that the Kentucky Humane Society has toward our animal friends, as well as those of us who devote our love, homes and hearts as adopting families."
For Cinna, "a new day has begun," thanks to his new family who looked beyond his age to "understand what happiness is"—the purr of a happy, grateful cat.