Another year, another November. While elections (ugh), Thanksgiving (nom-nom-noms), and mustaches (hell to the yaaas) are the associations that likely come to mind first, it’s also Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month!
Created to boost the adoption rate for elderly animals, which lags stubbornly behind that of kittens and puppies, this public service campaign helps shelters and humane societies across the country find new homes for their oldest— and most at-risk— cats and dogs.
In honor, then, of this pawesome holiday, we’ve rounded up 13 awww-inspiring senior adoptions that will suplex you squarely in the feels.
1. Gomez Adams
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2. Mojo and Max
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Bonded buds Mojo, then 11, and Max, 16, arrived at a Maryland shelter together but were caged separately.
Mojo found a home first but his new owner could tell something was amiss so three weeks later, on the day after Christmas, she returned to the shelter to jailbreak his friend. As the picture below makes clear, the reunited BFFs are inseparable.
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Adopted at age 20 by a Maryland couple eager to give their other cat, also a senior, a companion, Tigger is a stout little dude that’s been living his best life—even after he was diagnosed with kidney failure.
On account of his advanced age, he isn’t a candidate for surgery, so his time here on Earth is limited. No matter, though: his new humans, Adrienne and Michael, have been spoiling him silly with trips to the beach and generous portions of birthday cake.
4. Banjo The 27-Year-Old Cat
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When Tiger’s former owner fell ill, the 25-year-old orange tabby found himself in a cage at Lee County Domestic Animal Services in Florida. Enter Big Hearts For Big Dog Rescue, which was moved by his unlikely story.
Reaching beyond its nominal focus on canines, the animal welfare org found him a new residence—at an antiques shop, where he’s free to lounge on the furniture of his choice. :)
6. Jon Snow
Nursed back to health after arriving at a South Korean kill pound gravely ill and dehydrated, Jon Snow’s stunning recovery and transformation, captured in the shots below, is due to his tenacious owner, Rachel, who rushed him to emergency care and refused to give up on him.
He’s now a growing celebrity on Facebook, where his 7,500 followers fawn over his every update.
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… and after!
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7. Holly The Half-Headed Cat
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Cancer is a scourge that comes for the best of us—animals included. Case in point: Holly, a half-headed stray, who lost an ear when UK veterinarians removed a tumor from her brain. After the internet caught wind of her heartbreaking history (there were 8 total operations!), offers to rehome poured in from around the globe.
While she may only have half a head, as her Facebook cheekily notes, she makes up for it with “a whole lot of heart!”
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The Williams clan originally planned to adopt a kitten. That all changed the minute they laid their eyes on Dexter, a toothless 20-year-old at the Best Friends Animal Society in Utah.
The cuddly kitty promptly won everyone over with his unconditional love, but the bond was strongest with the family’s young son, JJ, and their three dogs, who were also extremely protective of him.
After two years of living with the Williams, Dexter crossed over the rainbow bridge, but as this video slideshow makes clear, he is sorely missed and definitely not forgotten.
Transferred to a New Jersey shelter following the passing of her former owner, 13-year-old Sienna wasn’t going to take no for an answer. This tuxedo cat would literally press its paw against the window every time new visitors arrived.
And after the kitty connoisseurs at LoveMeow shared her story, it wasn’t long before a new owner stepped forward to adopt her. Judging by her Facebook feed, the pampered feline seems to have adjusted rather nicely to her new digs.
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… and now!
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Trust is, as they say, is earned. But sometimes it’s accelerated out of expediency. That’s the cute story from one Twitter user who wryly notes that “the moment the weather changed, my senior cat went from not once sitting near me to next to me on the couch every night”. Relatable, amirite?
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