Pet of the Week: Infiniti ‘melts’ in the arms of human companions

Katlyn Orndorff, 14, holds Infiniti, a snowshoe cat available for adoption at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in Edinburg. Brad Fauber/Daily

EDINBURG – Infiniti is a senior snowshoe female cat residing at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Much like snow would on the hot summer days that have scorched the valley recently, Infiniti “melts” when wrapped in the arms of a human companion, said animal caretaker Emily Gochenour.

“She likes to be held, she likes affection,” Gochenour said. “She wants to be part of the family. She wants to be included. She just loves that attention. She would be a good family pet for any household, probably more quiet households since she is a senior, but I think she could probably bond with just about anyone.”

Infiniti arrived at the shelter about two weeks ago as an owner surrender, Gochenour said. The feline’s exact age isn’t known – Gochenour guessed Infiniti is at least 8 years old – but her calm demeanor suits her well for most atmospheres, particularly families with older adults.

“She would do well as a lap cat,” Gochenour said. “I know some senior families, people with elderly people in the family, she would be a really excellent companion for them. Just because of her age she would match well with an older couple.”

Gochenour said Infiniti doesn’t require any special treatment that she knows of, although the cat does have what Gochenour called an “unusual” face that features a pair of large eyes.

“She’s got some big eyes, but she’s still pretty. She’s a gorgeous cat. Gorgeous markings, great personality,” Gochenour said. “We just hope that doesn’t put anyone off that she looks a little different.”

Infiniti is just one of a large number of kittens and cats being housed at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Gochenour said. She encouraged prospective owners to consider Infiniti and some of the older cats when looking to adopt a new pet.

“The kittens tend to go a little bit faster than the older cats do, especially a senior cat, so we just wanted to highlight her this week because she is older, it might be a little harder for her to get adopted. But she deserves a long-lasting home,” Gochenour said.

Infiniti will be due for a feline distemper vaccination in three weeks, Gochenour said, and added that she doesn’t believe Infiniti has been spayed, a procedure the shelter still recommends at Infiniti’s age.

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is also seeking volunteers of all ages to devote some time to caring for the facility’s animals. Gochenour said volunteers under the age of 16 need to have a guardian present, and the shelter’s need for helping hands will increase when school starts back up in September.

“We really encourage volunteers. It helps socialize the animals, get them ready for potential homes,” Gochenour said. “Especially the cats that are shy at first, volunteers really help by bringing out their personalities and getting them used to human contact. And that’s just with cats. With the dogs as well, they need exercise daily. Being in a kennel for as long as they are during the day, each animal really needs that one-on-one outside activity, so we really, really like the volunteers. They’re very helpful.”

The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter is located at 268 Landfill Road in Edinburg and can be reached by calling 540-984-8955 or by visiting its website at

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or