Maternal cat seeking mother of her own

Angelina is looking for a good home. Jake Zuckerman/Daily

Angelina has paid it forward in her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Now she’s hoping for a new owner to return the favor and take her to a loving home.

A calico domestic short hair, Angelina was left behind in her previous owner’s old apartment to tend to five kittens. The shelter took her in, and not only did she nurse her litter to health, but she adopted two separate litters over the next year and nursed every kitten in each litter to full health.

Emily Gochenour, an animal caretaker at the shelter, said Angelina is a tender, loving cat who has been helpful to the shelter and is ready to be adopted.

“She’s an incredible mother and a very deserving cat,” Gochenour said.

Angelina is between 1 and 2 years old, Gochenour said, and has had her first round of shots. Angelina is due for her second round in the next four weeks. She will be spayed in the near future.

The cat needs an owner who is ready to pay her the affection and attention she craves, Gochenour said. However, an owner who works full time will do so long as he or she makes time for Angelina at home.

While Angelina has not yet been tested for companionship with dogs, Gochenour said she’s a very easy-going cat and has proven she can get along with other cats.

In Gochenour’s opinion, Angelina is likely to live for another 15 years or so, and potential owners should know and consider this before adoption.

“If it hadn’t been for Angelina, the other two litters probably wouldn’t have made it,” Gochenour said. “She saved those litters, I just hope someone comes in and takes this cat to the loving home she deserves.”

For information, call the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter at 540-984-8955 or visit it in person at 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com