Pet of the Week: ‘Laid-back’ Pepper long overdue for a permanent home

Pepper, a 1-year-old domestic short hair cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – This time of year, as the weather gets colder, the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter sees a rise in the number of new animals, according to animal caretaker Holly Helsley. Adopting a cat such as Pepper, a 1-year-old domestic short hair, would go a long way toward helping the facility compensate for that influx.

Pepper is not one of those newly arrived additions. She’s been at the facility since being surrendered to the shelter by her previous owner back in July, making Pepper the facility’s longest-tenured feline resident who is long overdue for a permanent home.

“I think when people come in they absolutely look for younger (pets),” Helsley said on Tuesday. “Everyone wants kittens and everyone wants puppies, which is kind of depressing for us and them because older cats are just as loving as well. I mean she’s only a year old so it’s not like she’s 9 or 10. She’s still got a lot of life left in her. She’s very sweet. She’d be a real good cuddle buddy for somebody.”

Helsley said Pepper, who is decked out in a tuxedo coat, fits the bill for everything prospective cat owners are looking for in a new pet. She’s up to date on all of her vaccinations, has been spayed and has had no health issues.

“She’s a talker, that’s for sure,” Helsley said. “But she’s very sweet, very laid back. She’s not a feisty cat.”

Pepper’s list of requirements is short. Helsley said, with a laugh, that the feline needs only the bed that she’s become fond of since arriving at the shelter, as well as treats from time to time.

Helsley added that Pepper’s playful when she’s not lounging around, though she prefers the lazy lifestyle.

“If you’re looking for a lap companion she is your girl,” said Helsley, who added that Pepper does well around children.

“She doesn’t seem to mind dogs either. We test our dogs in our cat room and she doesn’t flare up and hiss and swat and go crazy with them. She just kind of looks at them.”

The adoption fee for cats at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is $15.

“That’s pretty cheap for a lifetime of love, I think,” Helsley said.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg. For more information, contact the shelter by calling (540) 984-8955 or visit online at shenandoahcountyva.us/animal-shelter.