A 20-year-old senior cat was surrendered to the Spotsylvania Animal Shelter in Fredericksburg, Virginia for being “too old”. Although he was old and deaf, he didn’t have any other health issues and was still doing very well.
The sweet white cat named Rascal was confused and lost when being taken to the shelter. On his intake paperwork, the family wrote they were surrendering him for “being old and having accidents in the house.”
The shelter workers were shocked when meeting Rascal for the first time, and they knew they had to help him find a new forever home as quickly as possible. They posted a video of sweet Rascal on Facebook page, and it quickly went viral.
***ADOPTED 1/26******PLEASE SHARE, 20 YEAR OLD CAT IN NEED OF HOME***Rascal, TWENTY YEARS OF AGE, is a sweet old deaf fella who was surrendered to the shelter this afternoon for being "old" and having accidents in the house. Rascal had been with this family for nearly his entire lifetime and is understandably quite confused. We are hopeful that you all will share this post far and wide and that tonight will be the only night Rascal will ever spend in a shelter! PLEASE SHARE AND HELP THIS SENIOR FIND A FAMILY THAT WILL LOVE HIM THROUGH THE GOOD AND THE BAD FOR THE REST OF HIS DAYS!
Posted by Spotsylvania Animal Shelter on Thursday, January 25, 2018
“Someone out there has got to take pity on me,” ‘Rascal’ said in the video. “I’m a very sweet boy, I’m deaf so I don’t really listen well…again, I’m 20, stuck in a shelter, please someone come break me out of here.”
Amazingly, miracles do happen and Rascal only ended up spending one night in the shelter. A big-hearted woman named Meredith decided to adopt Rascal and take him home. Finally, the sweet cat found someone he’d been waiting for.
“I was scrolling last night and saw him. He just pulled on the right number of heart strings. I just couldn’t stand thinking about him spending another night in a shelter,” she said.
Although Rascal was a bit shy at first, he quickly settled into life in his new home. He liked hanging out with Meredith’s other cats, and loved napping in his mom’s lap or on the couch next to her.
Unfortunately, Rascal passed away and was laid to rest in June 2018 from cancer. Meredith shared a touching post of her beloved cat on her Facebook page.
“These last months, he surpassed many odds and found his way into my family’s hearts,” Meredith wrote. “There will never be another cat quite like him. He has left a huge hole in our hearts even though he had only been with us a short time.”
Even though Rascal had gone forever, we took solace in the fact that he found a wonderful home and spent his final days in love that he deserved. If you want to see more photos of sweet Rascal and Meredith’s other cats, you can visit Rascal’s Facebook page.
Please share this story with your friends and family to raise awareness about the importance of helping senior cats.