A 19-year-old shelter cat named Gus was surrendered by his previous owner due to unforeseen circumstances. Surprisingly, 19 year old Gus is in exceptional health. Shelter life is difficult for all animals, and it’s even more common for senior cats to have a harder time in a shelter settings. Thankfully, Gus didn’t wait long for a new how and he didn’t have to adjust to the shelter life. That’s because Penny, a 101-year-old woman from North Carolina, would soon take on the role of cat mom once again when she adopted him. Penny’s kids called the shelter specifically looking for a senior cat for their mom whose cat had recently passed. They said Penny was not impressed by the replacement stuffed animal cat that her kids gave her to cuddle with because the stuffed animal didn’t purr.
• Jane Bowers, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, spoke with Fox News about Gus, a 19-year-old cat who had been surrendered to the shelter in September.
• The family of a 101-year-old woman named Penny were looking for a new companion cat, and Gus was the perfect fit.
• Both Penny and Gus quickly connected and he settled into his new home. He is reported to be in good health for his age.
• Bowers stated that while many people opt to adopt younger animals, there are benefits to taking in an older pet such as being house trained and having less interest in chewing on furniture.
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101-year-old woman adopts 19-year-old cat from animal shelter
Old cats can still make new friends. Elderly animals typically have a harder time getting adopted. For one cat in North Carolina, however, his advanced age actually helped get him adopted into a very special home. Jane Bowers, the executive director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, spoke with Fox News about Gus, a 19-year-old cat.