Pet of the Week: Butterball seeking a home in which to live the quiet life

Butterball is available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Butterball, a domestic short hair cat, was picked up as a stray on July 2 and brought to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. His backstory is a bit of a mystery – even his age, which shelter employees estimated at 3 years old, is unknown – but Butterball’s calm demeanor is instantly noticeable.

“He’s very laid back,” Megan Bowers, a part-time animal caretaker at the facility, said on Monday morning. “We exercise the cats daily, which everyone knows, but I mean he’s just content with laying in his kennel.”

Indeed, a brief trip outside of his kennel to a small room at the shelter saw Butterball curl up under a chair in a corner of the room. It’s that subdued personality that makes Bowers think Butterball, who is available for adoption, would be most comfortable in a home devoid of too much commotion, making him a prime candidate for a household with older children or an older couple.

“I think he’d fit in fine anywhere, but I think he’s just very quiet,” Bowers said. “I think he’d be content with sitting on a windowsill somewhere and living his life. He does love affection though. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love affection. He does, but just like young toddlers running around screaming isn’t really ideal. Same thing with dogs. He gets along with dogs but I think the quieter the better.”

Butterball comes fully prepared for adoption, as he’s been neutered, is up to date on all his vaccinations and hasn’t experienced any health-related problems during his time at the shelter, Bowers said.

Given Butterball’s friendliness toward people, Bowers said it’s possible he was once someone’s pet, though she added that shelter employees don’t assume that is indeed the case. Bowers added that Butterball seems pretty well adapted to indoor life despite being picked up as a stray.

“When cats come in that are like really, really dirty, and then you can tell by how they treat their kennels that they were not used to being inside. Butterball’s pretty clean,” Bowers said. “He’s a pretty clean cat. I think he could be an indoor/outdoor cat. I don’t think he would be good with just being outdoors.”

Butterball is just one in a group of recent arrivals that Bowers said has caused the feline population at the facility to climb after a rush of adoptions lightened the load last month, and she added that employees at the shelter are “doing the best we can to get them out the door as quick as possible” and into new homes.

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.