101-Year-Old Woman Adopts Oldest Cat at Shelter for “Match Made In Heaven”

elderly woman is holding her elderly cat that she has just adopted

Catawba County Humane Society

Here’s proof that there are such things as happy endings. This cute story from the Humane Society of Catawba County, NC will make any animal lover’s heart purr!

Gus is a 19 year old animal shelter cat who was brought to the shelter in September 2021. The executive director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, Jane Bowers, emailed Daily Paws to inform them that its original owner was “unhappy” when they had to give it up due to unforeseen circumstances. Understandably, the thought of moving their beloved cat to a new home would bother anyone. Fortunately, this older cat’s story doesn’t end there.

Upon arrival at the shelter, Gus underwent a health exam which Bowers said showed he was in “exceptional health” – a huge win for a kitten who is nearly 20 years old! But even with the shelter’s funding to support additional health care and support from a sister site in Hickory, NC (the Pat Anderson Center for Animal Adoption and Humane Education), Bowers said she was still concerned about the cat’s gold Have to spend years in a refuge.

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A strange coincidence

It wouldn’t be long before Bower’s concerns were allayed. Shortly after Gus’ arrival, the shelter manager received an unexpected call from a family looking for a pet to accompany their aging mother. More specifically, they asked if there was an older cat that they could adopt. The family told Bowers that their 101-year-old mother Penny recently lost her cat and instead gave her a stuffed cat to cuddle, but she just wasn’t happy with something that didn’t purr. (We can’t blame you, Penny.)

“We were cautious about the age of everyone involved, but the family said they were willing to take care of the cat on her mother’s behalf,” writes Bowers. It was a “match made in heaven” and the adoption was completed quickly. Judging from the adorable pictures the shelter shared on Facebook, it’s clear that this duo was destined to be. Gus has really settled in in his new home and enjoys watching the squirrels in front of the door.

The story goes on

The animal shelter shared its congratulations on this sweet match in a post on September 30th and wrote: “Our ♥ ️s are full of this beautiful adoption. Our 19-year-old (133 in human years) great-great paw has found the loving arms of his new mom who is at the ripe young age of 101. Congratulations Gus-Gus! I wish you the best days before you to watch squirrels and share your love and purr! “

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It sounds like Gus feels at home even in his new living situation. When asked if Gus and Penny are doing well, Bowers says that Gus “settled in well and ate like a horse.”

Gus and Penny’s story is a heartwarming example of the importance of the bond between humans and animals. It’s never too late for a tail-wagging happy ending!