Pet of the Week: Feline siblings come as a package deal

Simon, a 9-year-old domestic long-haired cat, is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Simon is part of a bonded pair and must be adopted alongside his 8-year-old sister, Holly. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Feline siblings Simon and Holly have resided under the same roof their entire lives, and now the two are waiting for that next home to share.

The duo is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter and, due to the cats’ lifelong connection, is a bonded pair, meaning Simon and Holly must be adopted together.

“You normally don’t see one without the other,” Katrina Keywood, an animal caretaker at the shelter, said on Monday morning.

The cats’ most recent stay at the facility is the second for Simon and Holly, who were adopted from Shenandoah County Animal Shelter about two years ago, Keywood said but were recently returned when their owner moved and couldn’t take them along.

“They were senior cats when they were adopted before, and now that they’re older senior cats, it’s gonna be harder to get them adopted, especially together,” Keywood said of Simon and Holly, who are 9 and 8 years old, respectively. “But they are attached, so they do need to stay together.”

Holly, an 8-year-old domestic short-haired cat, is part of a bonded pair alongside her brother, Simon, that is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

Simon, who sports a longer coat than his younger sister, is the more laid-back of the two, Keywood said and enjoys being brushed and petted. Holly, at least on Monday, was the more vocal. Both are friendly and playful.

“They kind of just hang out. They really don’t do a whole lot,” Keywood said. “They love the attention. I could see them being the kind of cats that greet you when you come home and follow you around to tell you about their day.”

While Keywood said she wasn’t sure how the two felines would handle a home with a dog, she added that Simon and Holly get along with the other cats at the shelter and wouldn’t see a problem with bringing them into a home in which they weren’t the only cats in the household.

Keywood also cautioned against welcoming Simon and Holly into a home with young children.

“I think maybe older children would probably be good just because (Holly) startles easily and I think that if a child tried to pick her up unexpectedly, she might scratch,” Keywood said.

Cat adoption fees at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter are $15.

The facility 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.