Black cat seeks change in luck

By Katie Demeria

EDINBURG — So far, Harlowe has not been very lucky.

The 6-month-old cat has been with the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter since she was 9 weeks old. And Animal Caretaker Cheryl Wakeman said her unlucky black coat might have something to do with her long stay.

“People usually want something colorful,” Wakeman said. “When you walk into a room, you want something that catches your eye. So kittens that are pretty colors usually get adopted first.”

“She’s had the worst luck,” Wakeman continued, watching Harlowe dart after a toy.

There were about five kittens in Harlowe’s litter. All her siblings have been adopted already. Wakeman said she has a soft spot for the cat because she left for maternity leave after Harlowe arrived, but Harlowe was still there when she returned.

Harlowe does have small white spots on her chest and paw. She is a shorthair cat and on the smaller side — Wakeman said she probably will not grow much larger.

Having grown up in a shelter and spending most days in a cage, Wakeman said Harlowe’s new owner will need patience.

“It takes longer to adjust,” she said. “She’ll probably be at the high point of her rambunctious [behavior] in the beginning. It will take time.”

But Wakeman added that she has no reason to believe Harlowe would not make a well-behaved house cat with the right owners.

She would do great with kids, Wakeman said, so long as they do not handle her too much. But she will play with them for hours.

“She’s going to be everywhere in the beginning, she’s very curious,” Wakeman said.

Harlowe’s adoption fee is $15. She is already spayed, with all her vaccinations, including rabies, taken care of.

Another featured pet at Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, Babette, is still available for adoption. Go to to learn about her.

Visit the shelter at 268 Landfill Road to visit Harlowe or call 540-984-8955

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

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