Pet of the Week: Dolly seeking caring home

Dolly Purrton is looking for a new home. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Dolly Purrton, a 2-year-old domestic shorthair cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, has lived a far less glamorous life than her famous human namesake.

Dolly, a resident of the shelter since January, arrived at the facility as a malnourished victim of an animal cruelty case, said Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. According to Helsley, Dolly and a canine companion were left to fend for themselves inside a home with nothing to eat except what Dolly could scrounge up.

Dolly’s now available for adoption and seeking a home with a family willing to provide a little extra care.

“She’s a sweet girl but we believe she may be special needs,” Helsley said.

Though Dolly needs no help exploring the nooks of the rooms at the shelter, and she displays no problems eating, drinking or jumping, Helsley said, she does seem to lose her balance from time to time. Helsley said employees at the facility were informed of possible neurological issues with Dolly from local animal control, but Helsley added that the feline’s balance problems could be the result of hearing problems, as Dolly is very “talkative.”

“We think it might just be hearing,” Helsley said of Dolly’s apparent problems with keeping her balance. “But she’s super sweet, playful. She kind of loses her balance, like when you pick her up and you set her on something … she’ll lean forward because she’s not real sure on where she’s supposed to go.”

Dolly’s exact diagnosis won’t be available without a trip to see a veterinarian, a process Helsley said needs to be handled by Dolly’s new owner.

Even with the health uncertainties, Helsley said Dolly would be a good addition to any household due to her “outgoing personality.” Helsley noted that Dolly does well with other animals and has interacted well with children during her time at the shelter.

“She’s a cuddle bug. She definitely loves to be loved on, that’s for sure. And I think that’s because she never had that,” Helsley said. “When she first came to us she was much skinnier but she didn’t hiss or anything, she just wanted to be loved on. She likes to be held. When she’s in the puppy room she’ll sit on your lap and just hang out. She likes to explore stuff first.

“She’s a sweet girl that had a rough life,” Helsley added.

Dolly is up to date on all of her vaccinations but has not yet been spayed. That procedure could be funded through a sponsor, Helsley said.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg and can be reached by phone at (540) 984-8955 or by email through the facility’s website at shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter.

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