This is Théoden, or Theo for short. He’s my new roommate! <3
We adopted Théoden from the Humane Society this past weekend. His former name was “Porter” and he is a pretty old guy (13 years). Sadly, his previous owner had brought him in to have him euthanized. She said that she could not afford to move with him and asked to have him put down because “he was old anyways”. But because he was still healthy, alert, and friendly, the shelter refused to euthanize him and put him up for adoption instead.
When I started looking at adoption possibilities, I learned that the Humane Society has a category of animals labeled “Forget Me Not”. These are animals considered “less adoptable”, animals that have been waiting in the shelter for weeks and even months, maybe even for no other reason that they are old, or shy, or meow funny, or have a missing eye or ear or foot. There’s nothing wrong or “broken” about these cats, and all they want is a new human to love! I made up my mind to adopt a “Forget Me Not” cat from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Humane Society.
Théoden-formerly-known-as-Porter was a shelter favorite. The staff all loved him and played with him daily, and while they were sad to see him go, they were very happy that he has found the right home after spending almost two months in limbo! Théoden is a big grumbly old man - he weighs almost 17 pounds - but is a soft, gentle, loving, smoochable fellow. His favorite new hobby involves plopping down right in front of the floor fan so that his fur can blow everywhere. He also enjoys chasing laser pointers, drinking water out of places that are not his water bowl, receiving chin scratches, headbutting affectionately, and sleeping derpily in my bookshelf. He may be old, but he surely has many years of loving and sleeping and grumbling left in him. He is a perfect old grump muffin, he is the new king of our house and we love him very much. I’m so glad I could give this guy a second chance. Hail Théoden Cat!
Remember: Adopt, don’t shop. If you’re looking for a new friend, visit your local animal shelter. And consider giving a “less adoptable” animal a chance - they all deserve love too!