Elderly woman cried as she surrendered her 20-year-old cat

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An elderly woman, no longer able to care for her 20-year-old cat, cried as she surrendered Snow to PAWS (Public Animal Welfare Services) in Rome, Georgia on Monday. A volunteer was at the shelter as the heartbreaking separation brought tears to even the most stoic; in a rocking chair she gently tried to comfort Snow.

“His elderly mama just had to surrender him to AC because she has to move and she cannot take them with her. She cried and cried and so did everyone else,” the shelter posted on their Facebook page of the Rome Floyd Humane Society, helping to find a home for Snow and his bonded companion Macy.

Snow is described as a very sweet cat who has been neutered and has had veterinarian care. Tragically along with Snow, Macy  was also surrendered. He is a small 14-year-old terrier, and if the two can be placed together, surely it would make their world a little more comforting and not nearly as lonely.

Please note, according to the Rome Floyd Humane Society, all options are being examined to allow the owner to keep Snow. Both the cat and the dog are currently at the PAWS Animal Control, located at 99 North Ave in Rome, Georgia. RFHS is a community resource for education, assistance for low income families, and are able to offer assistance when needed.

Video of Snow being comforted:



(Photo of volunteer rocking 20-year-old cat via Facebook freezeshot video)

(PAWS 440-442-PAWS (7297) Please share Snow and Macy’s sad plight with friends, approved rescue organizations and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives.

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15 replies
  1. Marni Montanez says:

    Our laws and policies have no compassion in them. This is wrong. This woman loves her babies and shouldn’t have to give them up.

  2. Adrienne says:

    After reading this, if you don’t shed a tear or even well up, you have no heart. Can you imagine having your cat for 20 years and dog for 14 years and then having to give both up to a shelter because you have to move to a facility that does not allow pets. That is heartbreaking and you can see the devotion to this cat by the owner in this picture. There should be facilities elderly people can go where their pets are also welcome. These animals are their children not just a “dog” and “cat”. So many people just dump their elderly pets in a shelter for stupid, made up reasons, and here this woman wants to keep both but can’t. Hopefully there is a way for her to keep her cat and the dog get adopted immediately. Cat looks really clean and dog does too. A small dog should have a decent chance of going to a loving family. Keep us up to date.

  3. Tammy Bodge-Terry says:

    Please, please find a place where this poor woman can keep her beloved dog and cat. It will be the best thing for the animals and for her health! They have been together for all these years. Separating them is just cruel. There must be some facility around there with a heart that can take them in! America needs more senior housing that allows pets.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    This woman needs a place that will accept her and her animals. I hope there is some facility that can help this woman and her animals stay together. No way would I ever move if my animals were not allowed to be with me.

  5. Bunny Peters says:

    There ARE senior centers that allow pets, even in the Assisted and Memory Care areas. Problem is, these “pet friendly” senior centers tend to be more expensive…..

    Best place for seniors (IMHO) is to “age in place” with appropriate caregiver support….. then you can keep your furbabies…..

    • Bunny Peters says:

      Per Facebook: Macy, Snow, & their senior Mum were all able to live together in a different senior facility that allows pets!!!

  6. Donna L Hawkins says:

    As everyone else says !! There must be a place she can be with her babies!! This is outrageous and so sad!! Please try to help her ! No family to step up?

  7. TK says:

    Where is the woman moving to? So if we share and focus to those who lives in that neighborhood csn help find the place? And is it an apartment or senior facility? What is the reason she can’t keep the pet? Is it about the place she move to? Or money? If it’s money, I think maybe an online fundraiser is needed. I only have a few $ and can donate via paypal.

    However, I understand that they are already separated. 🙁 I don’t know how far they are now but is it possible for the lady to visit her pets very often for now., or set up a schedule for skype.


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