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Fate can be a funny thing for a dog or cat looking for a “forever home” for the third time. . .

This is the story of a cat named Selene. My husband and I adopted her from a no kill shelter shortly after our beloved Zeus passed away. We were heartbroken and so was our other cat, Apollo. We saw how lonesome he was, so we started our search for a companion kitty.

At the shelter, we found Selene alone inside a cage. Selene was a very friendly girl and would purr the minute someone petted her. She was about 7 or 8 years old—a difficult age to place in a home. We inquired about her and were told she didn't like the other "shelter cats" very well and, she could have some long-term health challenges. As I held her in my arms, it was sad to think she was looking for her “forever home” for a third time--adopted out twice and returned each time. You knew she remembered a previous home where she could sit in the window sill and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. My husband and I felt sorry for her and adopted her that day!

The vet confirmed Selene has early stages of kidney disease and a heart murmur. She will be on kidney medication for the rest of her life, and the heart murmur needs checking every 4-6 months. My husband and I made the commitment to give her the best life possible. She again has a window sill to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and lots of love.

Selene was not the right companion kitty for Apollo. She chooses to be very snappy with him whenever he comes around. We discovered she can be a little diva too and expects to have things her way! We feel bad for Apollo he doesn't have the buddy he wanted but, for now, both cats are happy and healthy and will make this strange living arrangement work.

Please consider a “mature cat” for your next adoption. They need love and sunshine too!

Nancy Borden
Long Beach, CA

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