Tea purrs for cozy forever home

Jenny Wright, manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, holds a tortoiseshell cat named Tea, that is up for adoption. Josette Keelor/Daily

Tea is a 7- to 8-year tortoiseshell with one white whisker.

The longest current resident at the Clarke County Animal Shelter, she arrived nine months ago with five other cats. Now the only one left, she is looking for her forever home, said Manager Jenny Wright.

“She is one of the sweetest cats we’ve got,” Wright said.

Surrendered to the shelter after her owner died, Tea is an indoor cat that gets along with other cats but enjoys her personal space too. She also will stand her ground in a conflict, Wright explained.

Though she isn’t used to dogs, Tea took to the shelter’s recent kitten boom.

“She loves to play mother to the kittens,” Wright said. “I think she would fit in just about anywhere.”

Animals surrendered to the shelter after a death happen from time to time.

“Someone in the family dies, and then we inherit the cat,” Wright said.

Tea is spayed and up to date on all shots except for rabies.

Tea and her siblings were thought to be feral, but Wright said she thinks they were just scared when family came to round them up and surrender them to the shelter.

On a recent morning, Tea purred loudly in Wright’s arms and turned wide eyes on shelter volunteers attracting her attention with feathers and jingle toys.

Though Tea is a little overweight, Wright said she can’t explain why everyone so far has passed on the cat.

“I guess the kitten season took over, and then nobody really paid attention to the adult cats, and now we’re down to one kitten,” Wright said. “But I just, I don’t know why someone hasn’t scraped her up. She’s a nice, nice cat.”

Contact the Clarke County Animal Shelter at 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville, by calling 540-955-5104 or visiting http://tinyurl.com/n93h5lc.