15-Year-Old Shelter Cat Finds the Humans He’s Been Waiting for All His Life
A scraggly cat was discovered on the streets of New Jersey, all alone and struggling to survive. He was rescued and sent to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, where caretakers discovered that the 15-year-old tabby cat was incredibly friendly and in need of love.
Meet Barnaby the cat!
“This incredibly friendly gentleman should not be spending his last years at the shelter,” according to the shelter. That’s when Dr. Ed Sheehan and Clare Sheehan of Sheehan Veterinary Centre saw a picture of him on Facebook. “When we saw his picture on Facebook, we thought he needed a lot of veterinary care, just because of his age and appearance,” Clare explained. So they called the shelter and offered to adopt Barnaby immediately.
Here he is on his way to his new home:
Dr. Sheehan, as the veterinarian, gave him a full health exam, including blood work, and the entire clinic fell in love with him immediately. Barnaby walked around the workplace like he’d known it his whole life, and he won the hearts of everyone he met.
“When we mopped the floors, he would follow behind to make sure no stains were missed, and at the end of the night, he would sit on my lap to make sure I was doing the counts correctly,” says Rachel, a veterinary technician at the clinic. “We put him on antibiotics and his condition seems to be improving!”. He’s gained weight (almost a pound), and his coat is starting to look healthier,” she noted.
Barnaby, despite his age, is a real character, full of life and enthusiasm. “He enjoys his special senior diet and gets brushed every day. He also takes his medications diligently and without complaint.”
A cat of this age may have several health issues that require daily care, which makes Dr. Sheehan and his wife an ideal choice for Barnaby; when they saw his picture, they felt compelled to act and opened their hearts to this worthy little guy. Barnaby is more than a “house cat” to us. Dr. Sheehan, myself, and the entire staff, whom he adores, love and care for him,” said Clare.
Barnaby sometimes has a limited appetite, so the nurses spoon-feed him with cat sauce and extra vitamins in a cat food mix. “The doctor also noted his dilated pupils. He thinks it’s due to his advanced age because he doesn’t see much. He has adjusted well and is getting lots of love and attention. He is a happy young man.”
“Our goal is to keep him healthy and happy, and to make sure the rest of his life is joyful.” Who knows what he’s been through, but his veterinarian father and I, along with the rest of his family of vet techs and assistants, will love and care for him,” Clare said. Barnaby has found the perfect home to spend the rest of his days.