Animal shelter staff in Ohio who threw a birthday party for a 19-year-old cat in their care are hoping he gets the ultimate present: a new home.
When employees at Cincinnati Animal CAREÂ realized that Sammy, a sweet senior cat, would be spending his 19th birthday at the shelter, they decided to make the occasion as special as possible.
â€œHappy birthday to this beautiful fella who would love a nice, quiet home to live out his golden years!â€ read a Facebook post on Tuesday from the shelter, showing Sammy at a celebration with his human friends at the shelter, a heaping helping of cat food and a special hat and bow. â€œThe only rule for adopting Sammy though? You have to throw him a 20th birthday party on 6/15/22!â€
While not all cats may have appreciated such a birthday bash, Sammy enjoyed the spotlight, Cincinnati Animal CARE spokesperson Ray Anderson told HuffPost in an email.
â€œSammy is just amazingly sweet,â€ Anderson said. â€œLikes to cuddle, likes to be held, likes to rest his head on you and was definitely soaking up all the attention today. Heâ€™s a very agreeable cat, as Iâ€™m sure you can tell with his spectacular hat he got to wear today. Heâ€™s very observant and likes to just sit and watch whatâ€™s going on.â€
He added that Sammy also loves napping in peopleâ€™s laps and overall is a â€œsweet, carefree guy.â€
Sammy wound up at the shelter through especially sad circumstances, Anderson said. The cat was â€œin a loving home for many, many years,â€ but his owner had to go into assisted living and wasnâ€™t able to bring their beloved pet along.
â€œItâ€™s how we knew his birthday was today, they told us when he was surrendered into our care,â€ said Anderson.
Despite his advanced age, Sammy is in â€œpretty good shapeâ€ health-wise.
â€œHe does have a heart murmur and a small mass under his ear, but our medical team doesnâ€™t believe they require any special treatment,â€ he said, adding that any pet should be examined by a veterinarian soon after adoption.
Anyone interested in adopting Sammy must come to Cincinnati Animal CARE to meet him in person, as the organization doesnâ€™t do virtual adoptions. A few people have already expressed interest in Sammy, but Anderson stressed that anyone moved by Sammyâ€™s story but unable to adopt him specifically should consider adopting or fostering an animal in their own community.
â€œWeâ€™d encourage anyone whose heart is warmed by Sammyâ€™s birthday party to adopt from their local animal shelter â€” they all need you right now,â€ he said.
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