Pet of the Week: Hickory perfect for any cat lover

By Katie Demeria

EDINBURG — Hickory is known by volunteers at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter to be friendly and affectionate. But he has been at the shelter since March and potential adopters keep passing him by.

Animal caretaker Thelma Rhinehart said visitors may think he is the shelter’s cat because he is usually kept in their cat play room, or in a larger cage by the front desk.

“People will see him and pet him, but then they’ll keep going to the cat room and see all the kittens,” Rhinehart said.

A large 3-year-old brown tabby, Hickory is usually kept in those areas because he is a bigger cat and needs the room to stretch and exercise, Rhinehart explained.

“He’s a great cat,” she said. “He deserves a great home.”

Hickory was an owner surrender, Rhinehart said. The owners reported that they had too many cats in their home already. According to Rhinehart, that is a common problem for cat lovers in the area due to the high cat population.

Right now, the shelter has a large number of kittens, she said.

While Hickory may not be a kitten, he is certainly not an old cat, Rhinehart said. At 3 years old he has the positive qualities of an older cat — he is calm and already has a clear, loving personality.

Hickory likes to be close to the people around him, purring almost instantly when he sees them and rubs against them, hoping to be petted. He is healthy and has already been neutered.

According to Rhinehart, he would do well in almost any home.

“He demands attention,” Rhinehart said. “Everybody likes him, he’s a very friendly, outgoing cat.”

Hickory is currently available for adoption. Contact the shelter at 540-984-8955 or by visiting 268 Landfill Rd, Edinburg.

Contact staff writer Katie Demeria at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or

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