26-year-old Shelter Cat Misses the Ride to the Sausage Factory

GOOD NEWS TEWSDAY! A 26-year-old cat is getting a new lease on life after a foster home decided to “take a chance” on him.

The elderly cat, named Thomas, was surrendered to the Baltimore County Animal Shelter last month after his owner was no longer able to care for him.

A 26-year-old cat with senior health issues is not easy to place. But when Laura Cassiday with Animal Allies Rescue Foundation (AARF) saw the shelter’s Facebook post about Thomas, she said she knew she had to take in the cat.

“Pretty much when I saw ’26’ I knew there was no way I was leaving him there,” Cassiday told Fox News. “I coordinated with AARF and picked him up on Thursday.”

Cassiday, also a volunteer with The Feline Rescue Association and the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said Thomas has joined her beloved family, which now includes a total of seven cats.

AARF had considered putting Thomas up for adoption, but Cassiday said that 26-year-old “deserves some stability at this point” and will be a part of her family “for the rest of his days.”

Thomas has “severe dental disease, arthritis, hyperthyroidism, and an abnormal liver” and a veterinarian found that the elderly cat has a mass that could possibly be a tumor, so, Cassiday said, “we honestly have no idea how much longer he even has.” However, he’s “otherwise in fairly decent shape for an old man.”

Most prospective pet owners who stroll into shelters are looking for a younger animal, one that a family could keep around for a while, Cassiday told Fox News.

“Pretty much every day at work I hear, ‘Where are the puppies, kittens?'” she said. The older animals, who often have medical issues, are looked over “in favor of cuter, younger ones.”

Those looking to adopt pets, Cassiday says, should “take a chance” on the animals you wouldn’t expect yourself to adopt.

“The shy ones, the old ones, the ones that hide in the back of their cages, the ones that just don’t stand out,” Cassiday notes, are “the ones that need you the most and have just as much love to give as any other pet.”

For those who’d like to donate toward Thomas’ medical care and follow his story, the rescue’s website and Thomas’ Facebook page at The Adventures of Thomas the 26-year-old Cat” have more information.

 

 

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  1. Colleen Kayter says:

    My daughter and I love this story! Two years ago, we went to the cat shelter to find an emotional support animal (daughter has ASD and a lot of social anxiety). Anna and her sister, Elsa, had been at the shelter for a year. Her sister was adopted the month before our visit and Anna was so stressed by the other cats in the adult kitty room, they had moved her to a wall kennel (9 cu ft) where she’d lived for a month.

    As kittens, Anna and Elsa had been “rescued” from a feral mom, but the rescuer didn’t socialize them at all. He tried for six months to give them away before taking them to the shelter where they got their vaccinations and spaying, properly preparing them for adoption. But they shied away from visitors and never chose humans of their own.

    Anna was an aloof kitty in need of a human who understood her. Anna seemed to know she’d found her human in my daughter because she came right to her. Two years later, she still doesn’t let us hold her and she’s not affectionate, but she’s our feline overlord and she knows it. And she’s the perfect ESA for her kindred spirit human.

    ADVICE: Don’t rescue feral kittens unless you’re prepared to properly foster them or know someone who can and will. And if you’re adopting, consider an adult cat and let them choose you.

  2. Lora says:

    I adopted an angry cat from our local shelter almost 6 years ago. They told me that they weren’t certain they would be able to rehome her because she was so angry, but I had seen a picture of her and knew that she was the one, and we wanted to see her. My son and I went into her enclosure, and my son sat down.

    This cat, who hated everyone, and was angry and mean, woke up, looked at my son, jumped down into his lap and curled up and went back to sleep. The people at the shelter were amazed because she never behaved that way with anyone.

    We took her home that afternoon, and while she does still sometimes have an attitude problem, she is the sweetest, most cuddly cat I have ever been owned by.

    Give the shy, quiet, angry, older, “unlovable” animals a chance. If they choose you, they make the best pets you could ever want.

  3. Great news! Most peeps who love animals have a special place in their hearts for the seniors, the ailing, the “overlooked.”

    So great that this little guy now has a new lease on life!

  4. There are more resources available now, if a pet’s medical bills are too much for someone to handle. rather than giving up the cat, if only his former owner would have reached out to groups that do exactly what they needed; help. 26 year old cat being turned in…I hope that person isn’t loving on a cute little kitten right now! That’s just not right, in my book.

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