Orange Tabby
11 years

On New Arrival Medical Hold

I'm Fritz, an 11-year-old orange tabby, and I'm very grateful to be at Young at Heart. You see, my owner passed away in the summer of 2015, and when the local shelter did not have room for me, my extended family just left me in the house and hired a neighbor to occasionally feed me and change my litterbox. Other than these periodic visits, I have been living alone in a cold, dark house for the past year and a half. No air conditioning. No heat. No power. No family. All alone after a decade of being loved by my guardian. 

In December, a passerby saw me in the window when the temperatures were in the single digits and fortunately knew to call animal control. The temperature inside the house was just as cold as it was outside. The water in my dish was frozen solid, there was no food in my bowl, and there was barely any litter in my box because the neighbor was trying to be frugal with supplies. I hitched a ride to animal control, where I got a warm bed and some nourishing food, and a plea was sent out for rescue. And with several senior kitties being recently adopted, Young at Heart had the room to say yes to me!

I received a full work up at the vet and this big 'ol boy is healthy, despite the lack of care the last year and a half. I was understandably a bit skittish at first, having no company for so many months, so I am temporarily in the rescue's 3-story cat condo while I re-acclimate to having company again. I'm making good strides! I'm being showered with affection, and am quickly becoming used to being loved on again. I'm figuring out I'm ok, and I am so happy that I am safe and sound at Young at Heart. I will need a quiet and loving home to spend the rest of my years with, someone who understands that I need a family that will never leave me again. Will you be my new family? Will you love me and cherish me always? I'm waiting!

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