Adopting a shelter cat is one of the most wonderful acts of kindness that a person can do for an animal, but older cats, who might not be as adorable to most as young and playful kittens, often get overlooked. Hopefully, this post will show you how awesome older cats can be and inspire you to adopt one of your very own!

Older cats are often the first to go if a shelter has to euthanize some of its animals, so your impact on your new elderly adoptee's life will be all the greater. Though they can suffer from more diseases than young cats, older cats are often already house-trained and socialized, and their personality will already be set – no surprises!

#1

This cat adopted this 102-year-old woman

This cat adopted this 102-year-old woman

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DulceMoreno
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5 years ago

love them so much!!!!

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#2

A Friend Of Mine Just Adopted This 6-Year-Old Cat, And This Is How She Waits For Her Food

A Friend Of Mine Just Adopted This 6-Year-Old Cat, And This Is How She Waits For Her Food

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NQL
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5 years ago

OMG...so cute

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#3

Fulfilled A Life Goal Of Mine Today And Adopted The Oldest Cat At The Local Shelter

Fulfilled A Life Goal Of Mine Today And Adopted The Oldest Cat At The Local Shelter

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Shana
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5 years ago

That's a beautiful cat :)

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#4

Adopted At 10 Years Old, Meet Lil' T

Adopted At 10 Years Old, Meet Lil' T

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HeideMueller-Hatton
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5 years ago

Gorgeous old gal!

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#5

I Adopted A 14 Year Old Cat Named Venture

I Adopted A 14 Year Old Cat Named Venture

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MaryseMeunier
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5 years ago

My last cat lived 20 years. I wish you at least 6 years of happiness with Venture. :0)

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#6

I Adopted My 9 Year Old From The Shelter Last Year. She Hasn't Left My Side Since

I Adopted My 9 Year Old From The Shelter Last Year. She Hasn't Left My Side Since

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CelesteMurray
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5 years ago

What a sweet love she is!

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#7

Zeta Is About 15 Years Old Now And I Adopted Her 5 Years Ago From The Vet Clinic I Worked At

Zeta Is About 15 Years Old Now And I Adopted Her 5 Years Ago From The Vet Clinic I Worked At

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AnnieMcG
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5 years ago

She looks so loved and healthy ^_^

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#8

My So And I Adopted A 10+ Year Old Cat Who Used To Live In The Park

My So And I Adopted A 10+ Year Old Cat Who Used To Live In The Park

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JenniferSackett
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5 years ago

Your kindness will be repaid

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#9

I Adopted A 4 Year Old Cat. She Hated All The Toys Except One

I Adopted A 4 Year Old Cat. She Hated All The Toys Except One

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NoémiFenyvesi
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5 years ago

4 years is not old for a cat I think

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#10

Adopted An 8-Year-Old Cat From Local Rescue, This Is 10 Minutes After We Got Home

Adopted An 8-Year-Old Cat From Local Rescue, This Is 10 Minutes After We Got Home

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VarshaSarkar
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5 years ago

She looks so grateful :')

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#11

I Adopted This Beautiful 13 Year Old Cat. Her Name Is Q-tip For Now But We Are Trying To Think Of A New Name

I Adopted This Beautiful 13 Year Old Cat. Her Name Is Q-tip For Now But We Are Trying To Think Of A New Name

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cest_nayce
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5 years ago

Q-Tip is nice!

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#12

This White Cat In The Middle Was About 19 Years Old. He Was Adopted By An Older Woman

This White Cat In The Middle Was About 19 Years Old. He Was Adopted By An Older Woman

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cest_nayce
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5 years ago

They all look like Grumpy Cat

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#13

I Just Adopted This 9 Year Old Girl From The Shelter. Her Name Is Pumpkin

I Just Adopted This 9 Year Old Girl From The Shelter. Her Name Is Pumpkin

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pulpandpixel
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5 years ago

There is something very 'Goldie Hawn' about her! <3

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#14

I Recently Adopted My Parents 15 Year Old Cat

I Recently Adopted My Parents 15 Year Old Cat

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PetraJensen
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5 years ago

so handsome - reminds me of Poirot :)

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#15

Just Adopted My First Cat. He Is 11 Years Old

Just Adopted My First Cat. He Is 11 Years Old

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SharaGuinesso
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5 years ago

oh hes such a chubba... so freaking cute :D

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#16

We Adopted A 7 Year Old Cat. Meet Ethan

We Adopted A 7 Year Old Cat. Meet Ethan

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SameerBankar
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5 years ago

Blue Claws FTW!

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#17

Adopted This 7 Year Old Cat This Morning

Adopted This 7 Year Old Cat This Morning

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DanielaVanHetBolscher-Plattel
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5 years ago

What a beauty!

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#18

We Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat From The Shelter Because He Stole Our Hearts With His Cuddles

We Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat From The Shelter Because He Stole Our Hearts With His Cuddles

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BébertL'ours
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5 years ago

Poor fellow, he has some skin issue... :(

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#19

Meet Floyd. This 6 Year Old Looker Was At The Shelter For Months

Meet Floyd. This 6 Year Old Looker Was At The Shelter For Months

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DonnaVarga
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5 years ago

Waiting for you!

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#20

I Adopted An 11-Year-Old Cat Yesterday

I Adopted An 11-Year-Old Cat Yesterday

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DebbiRead
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5 years ago

my cat lived until she was 21.. I had her froma kitten the runt of the litter..so all you lovely people should have a long time with your cats xx

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#21

I Adopted A 7-Year-Old 27 Pound Cat Today, His Name Is Atticus But My Boyfriend Calls Him Fatticus

I Adopted A 7-Year-Old 27 Pound Cat Today, His Name Is Atticus But My Boyfriend Calls Him Fatticus

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IreneRussak
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5 years ago

haha the look on his face says he doesn't really approve being called fat:D

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#22

My New Roomie 18 Year Old Mr. Salem Schmusel

My New Roomie 18 Year Old Mr. Salem Schmusel

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KyosukevonMkalvania
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5 years ago

Next to Mr bigglesworth the besteht cat Name i heard yet

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#23

My Sister Adopted A 6 Year Old Cat Today. Meet Barnaby

My Sister Adopted A 6 Year Old Cat Today. Meet Barnaby

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HeideMueller-Hatton
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5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#24

He May Not Be The Cutest Cat But We Adopted A Fiv+ 5 Year Old Tomcat And He Loves Having A Forever Home

He May Not Be The Cutest Cat But We Adopted A Fiv+ 5 Year Old Tomcat And He Loves Having A Forever Home

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SharaGuinesso
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5 years ago

he is perfectly cute <3

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#25

I Adopted Bubbles, He's 7, With No Tail And Just 3 Legs... And We Love Him To Bits :)

I Adopted Bubbles, He's 7, With No Tail And Just 3 Legs... And We Love Him To Bits :)

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MonicaAlderson
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5 years ago

He's wonderful!

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#26

Timmy Adopted At 15 Now 18 !!

Timmy Adopted At 15 Now 18 !!

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JoWoollven
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5 years ago

What a lovely cat

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#27

Miss Smiley Was Adopted By Will (pictured) And I Last Fall, At The Age Of 20!

Miss Smiley Was Adopted By Will (pictured) And I Last Fall, At The Age Of 20!

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JessicaHunt
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5 years ago

So pretty

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#28

8 Year Old Cat I Adopted Today. She Won't Leave My Side

8 Year Old Cat I Adopted Today. She Won't Leave My Side

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MaritaSchaubert
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5 years ago

What a beautiful kitty :)

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#29

Adopted This 10 Year Old Lady From The Shelter Today

Adopted This 10 Year Old Lady From The Shelter Today

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MonicaAlderson
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5 years ago

Looks like a calico American shorthair tabby.

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#30

1 Week Ago I Adopted An 11 Year Old Cat From A Rescue Center

1 Week Ago I Adopted An 11 Year Old Cat From A Rescue Center

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MichelleGoldsmith
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5 years ago

What a beautiful kitty -- hope you have many, many more years with your new cat!

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#31

I Adopted An Older Cat Today - This Is Lenka, The First Pet That Is My Own

I Adopted An Older Cat Today - This Is Lenka, The First Pet That Is My Own

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AngieMcWilliam
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5 years ago

Lenka looks very happy to be your pet :)

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#32

Adopted 9 Year Old Monty As A Younger Play Mate For My 14 Year Old Rescue Kitty.

Adopted 9 Year Old Monty As A Younger Play Mate For My 14 Year Old Rescue Kitty.

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JenniferAguilar
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5 years ago

I hope he can relax and make himself at home...

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#33

I Finally Adopted My First Cat. She's 5 Years Old But Still Looks Like A Kitten

I Finally Adopted My First Cat. She's 5 Years Old But Still Looks Like A Kitten

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Rism
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5 years ago

Pretty

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#34

We Took A 13 Year Old Siamese Cat

We Took A 13 Year Old Siamese Cat

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MPaulaWhelan
Community Member
5 years ago

... and she has taken over your lives?

#35

Meet Cuddles, The 13 Year Old Cat My Boyfriend And I Adopted. Best $5 We Ever Spent!

Meet Cuddles, The 13 Year Old Cat My Boyfriend And I Adopted. Best $5 We Ever Spent!

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TillieMartinussen
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4 years ago

Cute! :D

#36

We Went To Adopt An Older Rescue Cat, So We Have Two New Additions To The Family

We Went To Adopt An Older Rescue Cat, So We Have Two New Additions To The Family

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#37

This Is Bailey, My Recently Adopted 14 Year Old Cat

This Is Bailey, My Recently Adopted 14 Year Old Cat

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MaritaSchaubert
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5 years ago

Beautiful eyes!!

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#38

Angus Is 12 Years Old And Daffodil 2 Years Old, Adopted As Strangers And Now In Love.

Angus Is 12 Years Old And Daffodil 2 Years Old, Adopted As Strangers And Now In Love.

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RinmaruOsaka
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4 years ago

OMG *faints*

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#39

I Just Adopted A 5 Year Old Kitty From The Humane Society.meet Bitsy

I Just Adopted A 5 Year Old Kitty From The Humane Society.meet Bitsy

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cest_nayce
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5 years ago

puurrrettyyyyyyyy

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#40

Meet My New Adopted Cat Jerry. He Is 7 Years Old

Meet My New Adopted Cat Jerry. He Is 7 Years Old

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MeghannHafner
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5 years ago

Lol I've never seen a cat fit it's name more perfect! He looks like a jerry!!

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#41

We Adopted An Older Cat Today. We Felt That Dexter Was A Fitting Name For Very Serious Kitty

We Adopted An Older Cat Today. We Felt That Dexter Was A Fitting Name For Very Serious Kitty

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IreneRussak
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5 years ago

he really is very serious:D

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#42

Stella Was 15 When We Adopted Her. We Had Her For 5 Years And Loved Her To Bits.

Stella Was 15 When We Adopted Her. We Had Her For 5 Years And Loved Her To Bits.

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

She was worth it - every minute.

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#43

I Adopted My First Cat Who Is 6 Years Old. Her Name Is Asha.

I Adopted My First Cat Who Is 6 Years Old. Her Name Is Asha.

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

Large eyes, long fur, beautiful colouring. Lucky you.

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#44

Just Adopted This Beautiful 8 Year Old Girl This Past Monday

Just Adopted This Beautiful 8 Year Old Girl This Past Monday

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SarahSutherland
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5 years ago

she's gorgeous :)

#45

I Adopted This Beauty From The Shelter When He Was 22! I Named Him Grandpa. He Was Wonderful

I Adopted This Beauty From The Shelter When He Was 22! I Named Him Grandpa. He Was Wonderful

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AlexGreenshpun
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5 years ago

And you are wonderful too! <3

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#46

I Adopted A Beautiful 6 Year Old Bengal Cat Called Saffi

I Adopted A Beautiful 6 Year Old Bengal Cat Called Saffi

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

Her ears are antennae; she will be well informed about your actions.

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#47

Mitzi. She Is About 8 Years Old And She Adopted Us.

Mitzi. She Is About 8 Years Old And She Adopted Us.

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MPaulaWhelan
Community Member
5 years ago

And giving us a razzy!

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#48

My Girlfriend And I Adopted A 5 Year Old Cat From A Shelter And He's Finally Settling In

My Girlfriend And I Adopted A 5 Year Old Cat From A Shelter And He's Finally Settling In

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

Good he's Finally settling in.

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#49

I Adopted Eddie When He Was 21 Years Old.

I Adopted Eddie When He Was 21 Years Old.

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CelesteMurray
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5 years ago

You are amazing. Thank you for loving a senior kitty!

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#50

Cher Is 6 1/2 Years Old And Has Been A Shelter Cat Her Entire Life...until We Adopted Her!

Cher Is 6 1/2 Years Old And Has Been A Shelter Cat Her Entire Life...until We Adopted Her!

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

Yaaay!

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#51

Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat Today His Name Is Jasper A.k.a. Mr. Handsome

Adopted An 8 Year Old Cat Today His Name Is Jasper A.k.a. Mr. Handsome

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MichelleGoldsmith
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5 years ago

So well-named!

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#52

I Rescued My 10+ Year Old Friend From The Streets A Year And A Half Ago. She Passed Away Last M

I Rescued My 10+ Year Old Friend From The Streets A Year And A Half Ago. She Passed Away Last M

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IreneRussak
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5 years ago

I'm so sorry!:(

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#53

I Adopted Big Garfield When He Was Six. He Spent Five Furryful Years With Us

I Adopted Big Garfield When He Was Six. He Spent Five Furryful Years With Us

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TillieMartinussen
Community Member
5 years ago

So beautiful. Aaaw!

#54

I Adopted Chester Nearly 2 Years Ago, He Was 8. He Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me!

I Adopted Chester Nearly 2 Years Ago, He Was 8. He Is The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me!

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

And you, the best thing that happened to him.

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#55

I'm Not Even Sure How Old Josie Is, But She Was At Least 13 When I Adopted Her Years Ago....

I'm Not Even Sure How Old Josie Is, But She Was At Least 13 When I Adopted Her Years Ago....

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TillieMartinussen
Community Member
5 years ago

Peekaboo. Sweet.

#56

This Is Barry. The Vet I Adopted Him From (after He Was Found In A Bin) Suspects He's 10 Or More.

This Is Barry. The Vet I Adopted Him From (after He Was Found In A Bin) Suspects He's 10 Or More.

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MPaulaWhelan
Community Member
5 years ago

A garden cat. Everyone needs one.

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#57

We Adopted 4-year Old Cat After A Year In Shelter Where She Was Taking Pills For Depression

We Adopted 4-year Old Cat After A Year In Shelter Where She Was Taking Pills For Depression

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

Antidepressant no longer needed. Love works wonders. Thank you.

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#58

We Weren't Looking For A Cat Like Him.. But Luckily Viljo 10+ Made It Clear That He Chose Us.

We Weren't Looking For A Cat Like Him.. But Luckily Viljo 10+ Made It Clear That He Chose Us.

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

He looks like a judge.

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#59

Poppy. Adopted Years Ago, Now 16. Sleeps Like A Pro. The Bear Is His Snuggle Buddy

Poppy. Adopted Years Ago, Now 16. Sleeps Like A Pro. The Bear Is His Snuggle Buddy

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4 years ago

He takes his blankie around the house too :)

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#60

Here Is Merlin. 13 Years Old. He Was In The Shelter For More Than 1 Year.

Here Is Merlin. 13 Years Old. He Was In The Shelter For More Than 1 Year.

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

I call this kind a chocolate tabby.

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#61

I Adopted This Sweetheart From The Shelter When She Was 3 Years Old And Has Been There For 6 .

I Adopted This Sweetheart From The Shelter When She Was 3 Years Old And Has Been There For 6 .

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JessicaHunt
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5 years ago

Puss and boots eyes

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I Addopted This Big Boy 3 Years Ago. He Was 4 Then. His Name Translated Is Fat Leo. Nr #1 Cat

I Addopted This Big Boy 3 Years Ago. He Was 4 Then. His Name Translated Is Fat Leo. Nr #1 Cat

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

Heehee

#63

Steve, Our Three-legged Love, Was Adopted 3 Years Ago When He Was 6.

Steve, Our Three-legged Love, Was Adopted 3 Years Ago When He Was 6.

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MPaulaWhelan
Community Member
5 years ago

So handsome. His fur reminds me of dark chocolate fudge.

#64

We Adopted Sir Mortimer When He Was 9! He Is 14 Now

We Adopted Sir Mortimer When He Was 9! He Is 14 Now

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

He looks like a rebel. ♡

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#65

My Boyfriend & I Adopted The Cat Who Had Been At The Shelter The Longest. 5 Yr Old Jax!

My Boyfriend & I Adopted The Cat Who Had Been At The Shelter The Longest. 5 Yr Old Jax!

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

Such richly coloured fur and so content.

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#66

This Is Our Nala. We Adopted Her Just After Christmas Last Year When She Was Seven.

This Is Our Nala. We Adopted Her Just After Christmas Last Year When She Was Seven.

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5 years ago

Nala follows me around the house like a shadow. When I'm sitting in the living room, she is sure to either be sleeping in her bed next to me or right in my lap. We miss our other kitties that have passed away, Rumpleteaser (8), Mungojerrie(10) and Mistofleas(14). So happy my kids asked to visit the local shelter during the holidays.

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#67

I Adopted Saphira An 8 Years Old Silber Bengal. The Cat Loves Me...

I Adopted Saphira An 8 Years Old Silber Bengal. The Cat Loves Me...

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

She is beautiful!!!

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#68

Rumsfeld. Adopted At 10, Lived To 21.

Rumsfeld. Adopted At 10, Lived To 21.

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

Looked like a kitten all those years, 'eh? So cute.

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We Adopted Deuschess When She Was At Least 1 Year. She Died Last Year After 21 Years With Us.

We Adopted Deuschess When She Was At Least 1 Year. She Died Last Year After 21 Years With Us.

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MichelleGoldsmith
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5 years ago

Beautiful kitty!

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#70

Tinkerbell Was Dumped At The Cat Shelter Because 'she Didn't Match The Furniture' Which Was Bro

Tinkerbell Was Dumped At The Cat Shelter Because 'she Didn't Match The Furniture' Which Was Bro

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MPaulaWhelan
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5 years ago

Tuxedos are ALWAYS appropriate. Previous humans were obviously philistines.

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#71

Adopted This Sweet 7 Year Old Girl Who Is Blind From Animal Shelter Few Months Ago

Adopted This Sweet 7 Year Old Girl Who Is Blind From Animal Shelter Few Months Ago

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TillieMartinussen
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5 years ago

Aaaw! ♡♡♡♡

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#72

I Took In 9 Yr Old Ozzy After His Owners Moved And Left Him Behind.

I Took In 9 Yr Old Ozzy After His Owners Moved And Left Him Behind.

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MichelleGoldsmith
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5 years ago

It's one thing to place a cat you can't keep with a shelter or adoption home, but to just leave it behind -- what kind of a person abandons a pet like that! So glad you were their to take him in!