Most people who are looking to adopt a pet prefer a younger animal. Only a few people want to give older animals a chance to live a happy life before their time comes. But what if the senior animal has a disability? I know it sounds like a hopeless case but there is hope for those old and disabled animals. The next story is about a senior cat that was recently adopted despite of having only one eye and being a FIV+.
Zeb is a one-eyed senior cat with only four teeth. When he came to the Cumberland County SPCA in Vineland, NJ his looks was very far from being adoptable. The feline is very lovable despite of his appearance. The SPCA decided to share Zeb’s pictures and asked for help from rescuers across the country. Fortunately, a Philadelphia senior pet rescue group, City of Elderly Love answered the call and saved Zeb.
Despite of Zeb’s imperfection, a loving family adopted him. Beth Flor and her family brought the feline to their home in Spring City, PA last December 21st, 2013. Zeb’s new family includes Beth, her husband, two kids, three dogs and another FIV+ cat.
In an interview with ABC News, Beth described Zeb as a really sweet and affectionate cat. She also mentioned that she wanted a cuddly cat for her children and when she saw a video of Zeb showing affection to a City of Elderly Love staff, she knew that the feline is the perfect one for the kids. “My kids absolutely adore him”, Beth told ABC News. As far as taking pictures, the cat is shy with cameras, making it hard to take a photo of him.
Zeb is now enjoying the love and care that she gets from her new family. As you can see in the pictures below, the cat looks very comfy in Beth’s arms while one the kid’s is petting him. Aside from finding a new home, Zeb also has a new Facebook page called Zebsessed, it advocates adoption for senior pets and understanding of FIV+. If you want to know more about this feline, make sure to check out his page.
This is indeed a very touching story. I hope Zeb’s story will encourage more people to adopt elderly animals with special needs.