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Shelter Finds Perfect Solution for 15 Year-Old Cat That Just Wants to be Held

Posted in Cat Stories - On: August 7, 2023 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Stories 
Last Updated: August 7, 2023  
Author:  Jan Travell

Dougie is a sweet senior kitty that loves nothing more than being held!

 “When he’s not being held, Dougie’s meow can be heard from galaxies far away,” Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland explained after sharing his picture and story on Facebook.


 The Facebook post received lots of interest: "We had visitors all weekend long coming in to meet Dougie," said Jeana Roth, the shelter's director of community engagement.

"We even had other cats go home because of the interest in Dougie and his reach, which was really great to see. He's extremely social and gives kisses on command. He just wants the companionship of people."


Because of his medical needs, Dougie was surrendered to the shelter by his former family in hopes he'd receive better care. 

After Dougie received treatment for a digestive disease, Animal Refuge League was able to place him for adoption. 

Jeana said Dougie loved being held so much, that shelter staff member Robert Weimer began carrying the cat in his child's infant carrier.


The shelter posted a photo of Dougie in the carrier on Facebook, where it attracted many potential families. Ashley Perkins, 31, of Springvale, Maine, who was the lucky one to take Dougie home.

She had been looking at the website earlier with her mom and said: "Oh, my gosh, he's a little old man, and he needs a home."


As soon as Ashley picked him up he snuggled right in, purred and gave her kisses. She knew then that he was coming home with her.

"I came back the next day to bring him home and the rest was history! Now I'm just managing his meds and food, and giving him lots of snuggles! He has another kitty here named Jax who he's already befriending! He's adjusting so well!"


Dougie is filling his new home with so much love, meows and purrs. Ashely feels blessed to have him in her life.

"He kept licking my nose last night when I was trying to get to sleep - it was so sweet. He's an amazing little guy!"


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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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