18-year-old bonded cats returned to shelter just 5 hours after adopted

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At the Orange County Animal Services, the staff and volunteers couldn’t have been sadder for a bonded pair of 18-year-old cats, Rusty (A023154) and Tigger (A194586), who have had a tough month. Their owner, who had them since they were kittens, passed away a month ago. The bonded pair went into foster care immediately to try to avoid having to come to the shelter at their fragile age.

That weekend, the two were brought to an adoption event where they were adopted together. Unfortunately, the adopter immediately introduced Rusty and Tigger to the family dog; the cats not having been used to dogs were terrified and didn’t have a chance to get used to their new home. And less than five hours later, the seniors were returned to the shelter. Their adopters just didn’t want to have anything to do with the situation.

Check out their video:

@aharrisphoto

Besties they are 18 year old senior cats that deserve a home, they dont deserve to be in a cold dark kennel in their golden years. They deserve so much better than to be here. If you want to save more senior cats’ lives, You know what to do! #seniorrescuecat #sheltercat #seniorcat #animalshelter

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“Besties they are 18 year old senior cats that deserve a home, they don’t deserve to be in a cold dark kennel in their golden years. They deserve so much better than to be here. If you want to save more senior cats’ lives, You know what to do! #seniorrescuecat #sheltercat #seniorcat #animalshelter

Photographer Albert Harris, from the communication team at the shelter, told his TikTok followers it had nothing to do with the cats; the adopter didn’t properly introduce the cats to the dog and to their new home, explaining how other animals and new pets have to be introduced slowly into new environments.

It will never be like on social media where you see cats and dogs miraculously get along with each other.

Albert Harris on TikTok

Social media, however can be just as encouraging! Harris posted a follow-up, sharing another video showing the cats had been officially adopted again.

Check this out:

@aharrisphoto

Replying to @ellz_p8 Because of YOU we were able to save these 18 yr old seniors lives! This is the power of this medium! Stay tuned for more lives to save! #seniorrescuecat #sheltercat #seniorcat #catadoption

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Everyone was all smiles as the cats left the shelter with their excited new owners. The song “

And what could be more heartwarming seeing the seniors leaving the shelter with their new owners, and the song “Can’t Help Falling in Love” playing in the background?

Yes, senior pets can be more work, but the rewards far outweigh the extra effort. Adopt a senior pet, and be prepared to fall deeply in love.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Those Great Dane video’s are horrible. Does she really think people enjoy watching those 2 giant dogs constantly harassing that poor kitty? I’ve seen 3 now where the poor cat is forced to hide away from them. It is clear she doesn’t care about the cat or she would stop the dogs which she never does! Poor cat needs to be taken away! And that’s the truth! I can hear the owner now but the cat loves it or they love the cat. I call B.S.! She even names the video “Having fun yet?” Pretty sure the cats not…

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