In case you didn't know, November is National Adopt a Senior Pet Month! There's no denying that kittens and puppies are just about the cutest little creatures on this green Earth.
And while kittens need homes just as much as senior cats, they don't really need any help getting adopted. Senior cats (and dogs), on the other hand, face a bit more of an uphill battle when it comes to finding a forever home. But just because they're a little grey around the muzzle doesn't mean they don't deserve their happily ever after!
Some potential adopters assume that senior cats end up in shelters because of behavioral
or health issues. In reality, the surrender is often due to family upheavals, such as death, divorce, relocation or allergy, according to Nancy Peterson, the cat programs manager at the Humane Society of the United States.
In fact, some senior pets have lived their whole lives in happy homes, and are now bewildered and confused to find themselves in a strange shelter; for others, this might just be their last chance to find a "happily forever after" home after a string of disappointments.
This month, Meowingtons will be featuring stories on senior cats and all the reasons to love and cherish them to show our unending support for cats, young or old!
For our local readers in South Florida who are interested in adoption of a senior cat (or two), Meowingtons is currently fostering two adorable senior cats from our office, Louie and Raphael.
These two bonded brothers were rescued from a house fire with 21 other cats - and, unable to properly care for them, their owner made the heartbreaking decision to give them up for adoption. The Humane Society of Broward County took them in. Meowingtons is part of the HSBC's Office Cats Program, and these two boys have brought so much joy and brightness into our office. We love them to pieces and want to see them go to a wonderful forever after home - together.
If you are interested in meeting Louie and Raphael, please see this post for more information!