Pet of the Week: Harper and Sweet Pea are a package deal

Sweet Pea, a 5-year-old domestic short hair, is available for adoption at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester along with Harper, a white 5-year-old domestic long hair cat. Harper is deaf and the two cats are a bonded pair, meaning they must be adopted together. Brad Fauber/Daily
Harper, a white 5-year-old domestic long hair cat, is available for adoption at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester along with Sweet Pea, a 5-year-old domestic short hair. Harper is deaf and the two cats are a bonded pair, meaning they must be adopted together. Brad Fauber/Daily

WINCHESTER – Harper and Sweet Pea, a pair of 5-year-old cats housed at the Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter, share a unique bond.

Harper, a white domestic long hair male with blue eyes, was born deaf, a condition common among felines with his combination of markings and eye color, according to Judy Myers, an animal caretaker at the facility. Sweet Pea, a female domestic short hair, “is Harper’s ears,” Myers said.

Both cats were raised in the same household before being surrendered to the Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter on May 12, and they must be adopted together as a bonded pair, Myers said.

“Sweet Pea can be a little protective of Harper, and he kind of like supports her,” Myers said.

Myers, who stressed that both cats are indoor animals only, said both felines will go off on their own and play separately but they “always have to know where each other are at all times.”

“They like to play,” she said. “They will play independently but they need to be, I guess, within eye sight of each other.”

When the duo first arrived at the shelter last month, Myers said, Sweet Pea “threw a fit” when someone reached into the cage to pet Harper, a product of being tossed into an unfamiliar environment.

Myers said she recommends the two cats be adopted into a home that does not contain small children. It’s “probably” best any future home for Harper and Sweet Pea be free of other pets as well, she said.

“I think they’re probably too set in their ways to be introduced to children,” she said.

Harper has already been neutered, and Sweet Pea has been spayed, eliminating any spay/neuter fees for prospective owners, Myers said.

The Frederick County Esther L. Boyd Animal Shelter is located at 161 Fort Collier Road in Winchester and can be contacted by calling 540-667-9192 or by visiting the facility’s website at http://tinyurl.com/qz4sqg3. The shelter is open Monday through Saturday.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com

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