Gus is a 20-year-old shelter cat who was surrendered by his former owner due to unforeseen circumstances.
Once at the shelter, Gus was given a health screening that showed he was “exceptional healthy”— for a 20 year old cat! — however, they knew that having to spend his golden years in a shelter environment was going to take a toll on the wellbeing of a cat his age.
Shortly after Gus’s arrival, the shelter director received an unexpected call from a family looking for a pet who could be a companion for their aging mother. More specifically, they asked if there was a senior cat they could adopt.
The family explained that their 101-year-old mother, Penny, had recently lost her cat, and though they’d given her a stuffed cat to cuddle with instead, she simply wasn’t pleased with something that didn’t purr.
At the shelter, staff were cautious because of the age of all parties, but the family said they were willing to care for the cat on behalf on their mother.
It was a “match made in heaven” and the adoption was quickly finalized. It’s rather clear that this duo was meant to be and Gus is already fitting right in at his new home .
Gus and Penny’s story is a heartwarming example of just how important the bond between humans and their animals is, and that it’s never too late for a ‘purrfect’ ending!