On the face, it’s understandable why people and families go to shelters first and foremost to adopt puppies and kittens, but look a little deeper and it’s difficult not to notice how readily humans underestimate the worth of a senior pet. Senior cats, who are peaceful and tolerant in their old age, frequently want nothing more than snuggles and hugs, as well as all the affection you can provide to a creature in need.
One 15-year-old “scraggly” cat found his way to the Voorhees Animal Orphanage, where employees soon recognized his unquenchable want for care.
Barnaby is an appropriate name for a sophisticated, elderly cat, and that is what the Voorhees Animal Orphanage called their geriatric snuggle buddy. The cat had the entire crew charmed, and their hearts melted around him.
The shelter stated, “This very loving fellow shouldn’t be spending his senior years at the shelter.”
Adopting elderly cats, as we previously said, can be a difficult task. There aren’t enough people who understand the power of unconditional love that wonderful cats like Barnaby can provide, but luckily, fate had other plans for Barnaby than spending the rest of his days in the Animal Orphanage.
Dr. Ed Sheehan and his wife Clare Sheehan of Sheehan Veterinary Centre came across the Orphanage’s Faceook post offering Barnaby for adoption before all hope could be lost. Clare stated,
We thought he required a lot of vet care based on his age and looks when we saw his image, etc. on Facebook.
So they immediately phoned the shelter and expressed their want to adopt him. The team at Voorhees couldn’t be more delighted! With Ed and Clare, he returned home.
Barnaby was taken to Ed’s veterinarian clinic for a complete checkup, including blood testing, and the entire team fell in love with him right away. His enthusiasm was contagious.
What about Barnaby? He felt completely at home straight away and didn’t hesitate to strut about the workplace like he owned the place.
Sheehan Veterinary Centre’s Rachel, a vet tech, said:
He mopped the floors after me to make sure no spots were missed, and he sat on my lap at the end of the night to check sure I did the books right.
He took his position as su-purr-visor very seriously.
Barnaby did require treatment, but he was in the perfect position to receive it.
Rachel expressed herself as follows:
He’s on antibiotics now, and he looks to be getting better! He’s gained weight (almost a pound), and his coat is beginning to look healthier.
Rachel continued, animated and lovely, to describe what it was like to work with Barnaby:
He appreciates being brushed on a daily basis and eating his special senior chow. He also takes his medicines diligently and without complaint.
Dr Ed and his wife Clare recognized Barnaby as professional autonomy veterinary care that the ordinary family would likely be unable to pay, making finding him a permanent home much more difficult than adopting a senior cat.
Ed and Clare, on the other hand, saw Barnaby as deserving of a second chance at life and didn’t hesitate to offer it to him. Clare stated,
To us, Barnaby is more than just a ‘house cat.’ Dr. Sheehan, myself, and the rest of our team adore him and take great care of him.
Barnaby is old, and he doesn’t always have the hunger he needs to stay in shape, but his nurses spoon feed him cat food gravy and additional vitamins in a cat food formula since he is so adored.
Clare went on to say:
Doc also observed that his pupils were dilated. He thinks it’s because he’s becoming old because he doesn’t see much. He’s adapted well and is receiving a lot of love and attention. He’s a cheerful young man.
Clare and the rest of the Sheehan Veterinary staff clearly adore Barnaby:
Our objective is to keep him healthy and happy throughout the remainder of his life. Who knows what he went through, but his Veterinarian Father and I, as well as the rest of his Vet Tech and Assistants family, will love and care for him.
The Sheehans now have a Facebook page where they provide information about Barnaby and other animals on a routine basis.
Every pet, we at Sheehan Veterinary Centre think, deserves a loving home. As a result, we regularly house many of the stray cats in our community who are searching for a “furrever” home.