Better With Age
Finding homes for adult and senior cats
Some years back, when Kim Saunders, Petfinder’s vice president of shelter outreach and public relations, arrived early to attend a board meeting at Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in Ringoes, N.J., she didn’t find the executive director in his office. She found a one-eyed cat.
"I sat down on the floor, and he came over and sat in my lap and he purred," she says. When she told the front desk staff that she loved the office cat, they thought Saunders was joking—they told her Slide didn’t like people. Saunders thought they were joking. "For whatever reason he just decided, and then I felt like, well, it was meant to be. He picked me."
Saunders adopted Slide—at 14, already a little long in the tooth—and she cherishes every day with the cat, who’s now 23. "I definitely, firmly believe in older pets," she says.
Her organization does too: For more than 10 years, Petfinder has promoted Adopt-A-Senior-Pet month in November. "We share with the public some of the reasons why [senior pets] might be not just an option, but a really good option who really are ready to just slide into your home," says Saunders.