Senior cat clings to stuffed animal after owner passes away

We all need someone to rely on during a difficult time, but sadly for this 16-year-old cat, all he has left in this world was his favorite stuffed toy. All alone after his beloved human passed away, Hoonie ended up in a shelter. Sad and hopeless, the cat found comfort in his stuffed animal!

Shortly after his owner’s passing, Hoonie was brought at the Alley Cat Rescue in Brentwood, Maryland, by the late owner’s daughter. She said she could not keep his dad’s precious cat, because she’s allergic, so the 16-year-old animal found himself in front of the toughest time of his life. But at least he had his favorite plush toy with him. The only thing he had left in the world – a gift from his owner many years ago.

Alley Cat Rescue

The staff at the shelter immediately noticed Hoonie was suffering and he was palling by the day, so they hurried to find him a new home!

“We immediately knew that we wanted to help this sweet senior boy so we took him in to our adoption program,” Brianna Grant from the shelter, explained for Love Meow. “She [the daughter] wrote a list of his likes and dislikes, and the stuffed animal was one of his top likes. He loves to cuddle with it…Because of how frayed and loved the stuffed animal is, I would guess he’s had it for a few years at least.”

Alley Cat Rescue

Everyone at the shelter was so impressed of how attached Hoonie is by his friend. His only source of comfort and affection, the stuffed toy remembers him of his family and home. Given his condition, Hoonie was immediately taken under the close supervision of one of the volunteers. That until someone will adopt him.

Alley Cat Rescue

“He is in one of my co-workers’ office to help him get adjusted to everything,” Brianna said. ” Although our shelter is actually free-roaming for the cats but we decided that it would be best for Hoonie to have a space of his own.”

Alley Cat Rescue

Despite his loss, Hoonie is extremely friendly though, and he’s always seeking for attention and always wants to have people around him. Thankfully, everyone at the Alley Cat Rescue is extremely affectionate and caring with the senior cat.


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