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Monday, December 28, 2009

Loving senior short hair cat looking for a home

I'll never forget meeting an affectionate orange kitty named Jester during a recent visit to Lake Humane Society.

A few days later, driven to help find him a home, I tried to get a picture of him to add to this blog about the Humane Society's urgent need for foster homes.

Board of Directors President Eden McElhatten Dobbins responded with this e-mail: "Take a look at the attached picture. Is this the cat you saw? This is Jackson."

The handsome orange cat wasn't the one I'd met, but he also stole my heart. His cage open for the picture, he seemed determined to get past the camera and into the arms of the photographer - and what pet lover wouldn't fall for that mustachioed face?

I'm pleased to report that the original cat, Jester, is adopted. Now it's time to find a home for his doppelgänger.

Jackson (2009-2044C) is a 10- to 12-year-old neutered male found as a stray in Concord Township on Dec. 19. Flea-treated, dewormed and declawed on his front half, the little man is also up to date on his FVRCP and rabies vaccines and tests negative for feline leukemia.

Eden said he's very sweet and very social. The Humane Society's vet recommends a dental exam for him due to his age. But domestic short hair cats can live 14 to 20 years if they're well cared for and kept at a healthy weight.

"I'm the proud mama of two senior animals and I can attest to how wonderful they are," Eden added. "So many people dump their animals once they get to a certain age. I don't think they understand all the joy and love that senior animals have to give."

Please call 440-951-6122 if you or someone you know might be able to give Jackson the loving home he deserves.

-- Sandra M. Klepach,


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