101-year-old woman adopts 19-year-old cat from animal shelter

Old cats can still make new friends.

Older animals tend to have a harder time being adopted. For a cat in North Carolina, however, its advanced age helped it find a home that was very special.

Gus and owner
(Catawba County Human Society)

Jane Bowers, the executive director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, spoke to Fox News about Gus, a 19-year-old cat. He was dropped off at the shelter in September when his previous owner had a life-changing situation and could no longer take care of him.

According to Bowers, Gus immediately stole the hearts of the Catawba County’s workers.

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A few weeks after Gus was brought to the shelter, the shelter received a one-off request. The family of a 101-year-old woman named Penny was looking for a new cat for her. Her previous cat had died and Penny was looking for company.

Gus, who is estimated to be around 133 years in cat years, was a perfect fit.

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He and Penny bonded and he quickly settled into his new home. According to the shelter, Gus is in good health for his age.

While finding new homes for older animals can be difficult, that doesn’t stop the shelter from taking them in, Bowers says. Although many people choose to adopt younger animals, there are benefits to having an older pet.

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For example, Bowers explained, older pets are usually trained indoors or on the “potty”. They also chew less on the furniture and are “just happy to be back in a family environment”.