Senior cats offer benefits


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  • Sheba.



At this time of year, there is a lot of reporting about seniors — seniors graduating from high school and seniors graduating from college. The reports are full of the hopes, dreams and future plans of the seniors.

There is another group of four-legged seniors who also have hopes and dreams that their future will include a new home and family. They are homeless animals being cared for by the volunteers of the West Milford Animal Shelter.

Being a senior cat usually means having to wait a long time for that special someone to come and find you. There are kittens available for adoption and they catch the eye and hearts of most people who visit the shelter.

There are benefits of adopting a senior cat. Senior pets are less destructive, what you see is what you get, senior pets are great company for seniors, older pets are relaxing to hang out with, adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness and you can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat.

The two senior cats currently available also have black fur and black cats are always the last to be adopted.

Sheba is 10 years old, declawed and super friendly. She greets everyone who comes into the cattery (free roaming area) to visit. She came in missing the fur around her neck, where a collar used to be. The fur is growing back.

Zoey is also 10 years old and was given to the person who brought her to the shelter by a relative. The new owner only had her for a short period as the landlord would not allow her to have a cat. When Zoey meets a new person, she loves to caresses their face with hers and give soft, gentle kisses. She is very loving.

Both cats are spayed, up-to-date with inoculations and have been tested for FIV/Feline Leukemia (negative). There are two more senior cats at the shelter who are not yet available for adoption.

For information call 973-728-2859, visit www.westmilfordanimalshelter.org with links to the shelter's two facebook pages. The shelter is located on Lycosky Drive (behind recycling).

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