Help Fritz Find His #HappilyEverAfter


Friends, Fritz really needs your help and your shares in the hopes that his forever home is out there. Fritz is an adorable and healthy 17 pound senior cat who came to us in a heartbreaking way.

Fritz's owner passed away in the summer of 2015, and when the local shelter did not have room for Fritz, the family just left him in the house and hired a neighbor to occasionally feed him and change his litterbox. Other than these periodic visits, Fritz lived alone in a cold, dark house for a year and a half. No heat. No power. No family. All alone after a decade of being loved by his guardian.

A passerby saw Fritz in the window of the vacant house when the temperatures were in the single digits this past winter, and fortunately knew to call animal control. The temperature inside the house was just as cold as it was outside. The water in his dish was frozen solid, there was no food in his bowl, and there was barely any litter in his box because the neighbor was trying to be frugal with supplies. Fritz hitched a ride to animal control, where he got a warm bed and some nourishing food, and a plea was sent out for rescue. So Fritz came to Young at Heart.

Fritz got a full work up at our vet and this big ol' boy is healthy, despite his lack of care during that time. He was understandably a bit skittish at first, having no company for so many months, but he has blossomed with people since coming to Young at Heart. He purrs when he is happy, but he does like to be loved on his terms. He still gets overwhelmed by attention at times. However, Fritz is very scared of other animals, and unfortunately all of our foster homes have other animals or are at capacity, and our little in-store cat adoption centers are proving to be just too much activity for him. We have now had to put him in boarding at the vet's office to give him some quiet because the stress has been too much for him, but what he really needs now is a forever home where he can be the only pet.

Fritz is 11-years-old and would be a fantastic companion for a quiet senior or adult home without other animals. Living with young kids is definitely too much for Fritz to handle. He's a big boy, but a healthy one. He's good with his litterbox, loooooves to play with toys, and loves to purr and give you head rubs. He will let you know when he's had too much attention with a nip if he gets overwhelmed. Despite that little habit, he's such a sweet boy who deserves to be loved and spoiled for the rest of his days. Fritz can't wait to be in a home again. Fritz's adoption fee has been sponsored, so his adoption fee is waived for the right home for him.

If you know of someone in the Chicago area who would love a kitty for a companion, please have them contact us at or fill out an adoption application at

PLEASE SHARE to find Fritz a forever family. Thank you!


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