Pet of the week: Sundae seeks permanent home after long stay at shelter

Sundae, a 2-year-old domestic short-haired cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Sundae has lived at the shelter since August, longer than any other cat at the facility.   Brad Fauber/Daily

Sundae, a 2-year-old domestic short-haired cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Sundae has lived at the shelter since August, longer than any other cat at the facility. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Two-year-old feline Sundae arrived at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in August, surrendered to the facility by her previous owner along with her litter of kittens.

Since then, each of those kittens has been adopted, leaving Sundae as the only one of the group remaining. Cheryl Wakeman, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, said Sundae is the facility’s “longest kitty resident.”

“No one’s actually taken the time to take her out and spend time with her and choose her,” Wakeman said. “It’s always, ‘Well, I like this one,’ or ‘I like the kittens.’ We’ve had a lot of kittens in recently and a lot of them have been adopted, so our older ones are still here waiting.”

Part of Sundae’s struggle to find a new permanent home could rest in her personality, as she’s a mild-mannered cat who doesn’t demand attention when prospective owners come to view the shelter’s collective of adoptable animals. As Wakeman put it, Sundae is “not a showoff.”

“I think just, when she’s in the cage a lot of other cats grab your attention and she just kind of doesn’t,” she said. “I mean she sits there and she’s friendly but she’s not in their face.”

Mostly white with patches of black and a tail that looks as if it was dipped in dark chocolate, Sundae is a friendly but cautious cat, Wakeman said.

“She likes to explore and check everywhere out first before she usually settles. But that’s kind of a typical kitty, you know,” Wakeman said. “But she’s friendly and social.”

Wakeman added that Sundae would be suitable for any home and seems to do well with the younger volunteers who frequently work at the shelter.

“I think she’d fit anywhere,” Wakeman said. “She’s easygoing, she’s friendly and wants to be petted but she’s not like under their feet where some people are worried they’re gonna get tripped and everything. And she can settle when you wanna rub her. I think she’s just a really cool cat.”

Sundae’s mothering days are over – she has been spayed since arriving at the shelter — and she is up to date on all of her vaccinations.

Those interested in adopting Sundae or any of the other animals at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter can contact the facility by calling (540) 984-8955 or by visiting shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter. The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com

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