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After years living in animal shelters, tabby cat Lacey was adopted on January 10, 2016!
Every year, thousands of cats and kittens are adopted from animal shelters in the Pacific Northwest. Yet sometimes a cat has a harder time than usual meeting the right family and going into a new home. Such is the case for Lacey, a six-year-old female tabby cat who has spent most of her life in animal shelters.
No one knows if Lacey has ever had a family. In May 2010, she was found at a landfill and taken to the Florence Area Humane Society (FAHS). At that time, FAHS staff determined that Lacey was about 1 year old, covered in fleas, full of ear mites, and pregnant. She had no collar, tag, or microchip, so the shelter took her in as a stray.
In FAHS’ care, Lacey received treatment for parasites and had her litter of kittens. After the kittens were all adopted, Lacey was spayed and became available for adoption herself. Though she is friendly and curious, she was repeatedly overlooked—for four years. When FAHS had an opportunity to transfer Lacey to another shelter—the Cat Adoption Team (CAT)—they took it with the hopes that the change would be just what Lacey needed to find a new home.
Almost 4 years to the day after entering FASH, Lacey moved to CAT. Like her friends at FAHS, the staff and volunteers at CAT have rallied to help Lacey find a loving home. She’s been introduced to many potential adopters, but she just can’t seem to meet the right match. And no one quite knows why.
Lacey is sweet, inquisitive, and friendly. She is low-key but enjoys a good play session with one of her favorite feather toys. She’s been known to settle in for a good brushing or petting session. CAT’s volunteers and staff have taken a shine to Lacey, who gets frequent cuddle visits. She enjoys attention and being around people, but the stress of life in a shelter has taken a toll. Lacey can become overstimulated quickly and has had some stress-related health issues. CAT has done everything possible to make her comfortable, but what Lacey really needs is a home of her own.
Recently, Lacey moved into one of CAT’s foster homes. Her health and overall comfort have greatly improved there. Dan Oberst, who is fostering Lacey and is one of her biggest advocates, says, “She’s a super dedicated cat—once she’s decided you’re ‘her’ person, she’s very chatty, affectionate, and becomes attached.” He shares that she would likely be most comfortable as an only cat in a quiet, stable home.
Though the foster home has been a good change for Lacey, a permanent home is CAT’s ultimate wish for her.
“We will continue to do everything we can to make Lacey comfortable and happy, but I truly hope 2015 was the last year that Lacey had to spend in shelter care,” says Karen Green, CAT’s executive director. “She’s been waiting five years, and no shelter can compare to a loving family and a home of her own.”
Brittany Chandler saw a post about Lacey in her Facebook feed, and hoped she would be able to give Lacey a home. She met Lacey on Sunday, Jan. 10, fell in love, completed the adoption process, and took Lacey home the same day. Brittany told the Portland Tribune that Lacey is doing very well in her new home. She said Lacey is “so sweet” and shared that “she head-butts me and nestles up to me.”
Everyone at CAT is thrilled that Lacey now has a loving, permanent home. A few other longtime residents at CAT are still in need of a homes, including Allegory, a loving companion who has been adopted and returned to the shelter more than once. Allegory has a similar personality to Lacey, and is looking for her own, special one-cat family.
If you or someone you know would like to add a new cat to your family, check out the cats available for adoption right now.