Pet of the Week: Polly patiently waiting for the right family

Polly, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg.   Brad Fauber/Daily

Polly, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Polly, a 2-year-old black and white domestic shorthair cat, was given her name because of her physical anomaly.

A polydactyl cat, Polly possesses extra toes, a harmless but rare physical condition that sometimes earns felines the nickname “Hemingway Cats” due to the famous author’s well-known passion for cats with the condition.

But there is something else that sets Polly apart from the other cats residing at Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

Emily Gochenour, an animal caretaker at the facility, said Polly arrived at the shelter as part of a summertime “spurt” of incoming black and white cats – and she is the last of that group to remain at the shelter. Polly has been at the facility since July 31, far longer than the average adoption time for cats at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Gochenour said.

“Those black and white cats, they were all adopted and she’s still hanging out here,” Gochenour said, “and I think one of the reasons she might still be here, she’s not necessarily one of the cats that comes to the front of the kennel to rub and get your attention. She’s one of those cats that just kind of sits in the back and she’s very, very patient. She’s just waiting.”

With a laid-back personality, Polly’s favorite activity seems to be simply lying in her blanket-lined basket, Gochenour said. She added that Polly is “very clean” and once she warms up to someone “she wants to crawl into your lap and just hang out with you.”

“As far as playfulness goes, she’s not so much concerned about toys and things like that,” she said. “Not that I don’t think she would play if she was in that mood but she would really just rather hang out with you and be your little sidekick and your little lap kitty.

“She’s a very cool cat,” Gochenour added. “There are those cats that are just cool and she’s one of them.”

Gochenour said Polly’s personality makes her a great fit for many types of homes, although she noted that she isn’t exactly sure how Polly would handle a dog in the house. Gochenour said Polly doesn’t really react one way or the other when the shelter’s staff tests dogs with the cats at the facility, as Polly generally waits quietly at the back of her cage until the dog leaves.

“She would probably be OK with dogs in the household,” Gochenour said. “She would be good with other cats. She doesn’t have an issue with any of the other cats, none of the ones that we have here. I think being that she’s 2 years old she would do well with kittens in the house but she would also do well with older cats in the house.”

Gochenour said Polly has been spayed and is up to date on all of her vaccinations and is ready to go with the right owner comes calling.

“We all like her a lot here. Of course, I really want to see her go to a good home,” Gochenour said. “And I think she has to pick the owner. They say the animals pick you, you don’t pick them. I think that what she’s holding out on, for the right family.”

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg, can be reached by calling (540) 984-8955 or by visiting

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or

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