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101-year-old woman adopts 19-year-old cat from animal shelter


Old cats can always make new friends.

Older animals generally have a harder time getting adopted. For a North Carolina cat, however, his advanced age actually helped get him adopted into a very special home.

Gus and owner
(Catawba County Humanitarian Society)

Jane Bowers, executive director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, spoke to Fox News about Gus, a 19-year-old cat. He was returned to the shelter in September when his former owner had a life-changing situation and could no longer care for him.

According to Bowers, Gus immediately stole the hearts of workers in Catawba County.

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A few weeks after Gus arrived, the shelter received a one-time request. The family of a 101-year-old woman named Penny were looking for a new cat for her. Her previous cat had died and Penny was looking for company.

Gus, who is estimated to be around 133 years old at the age of a cat, ended up being a perfect fit.

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He and Penny hooked up and he quickly settled into his new home. According to the shelter, Gus is in good health for his age.

While it can be difficult to find new homes for the older animals, Bowers says that doesn’t stop the shelter from welcoming them. While many people are looking to adopt younger pets, there are benefits to welcoming an older pet.

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For example, Bowers explained, older pets are typically home or “potty” trained. They are also less likely to chew on furniture and they are “just happy to be back in a home environment”.