Pet of the Week: Shelter hopes opposites attract caring forever homes

Tea, an 8-year-old tortoiseshell cat, has lived at the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville for a year. Josette Keelor/Daily
Jenny Wright, manager of the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, holds Kacey, a 9-year-old hound dog. Kacey is the longest current canine resident at the shelter. Josette Keelor/Daily

BERRYVILLE — Tea the tortoiseshell cat and Kacey the black and tan hound dog have little in common.

Recently eyeing each other through a large glass window at the Clarke County Animal Shelter in Berryville, the 8-year-old cat and 9-year-old dog portrayed opposite sides of a mirror.

Kacey is shy and enjoys leisurely walks and quiet time in a comfortable home setting.

Tea is playful and purrs fervently while shelter manager Jenny Wright holds her, but is frequently up to no good.

Asked what Tea likes to do for fun, Wright confessed the cat hovers in the glass window dividing the cat room from the lobby and teases permanent shelter cat and fellow tortoiseshell Cricket.

“She really likes to sit on that cat tree right there and she likes to look at Cricket and make Cricket think she’s seeing double,” Wright said.

But for all their differences, Tea and Kacey share an unfortunate bond: Both have been overlooked by potential families for too long.

Tea marked her year milestone at the shelter this month, and Kasey moved in on Dec. 29. Both were owner releases.

Unsure of why Tea hasn’t been adopted yet, Wright said the cat was one of six animals surrendered to the shelter after her owner passed away. Since then, the other five have found their forever homes.

“Tea is the last one,” Wright said.

She’s a sweet cat with big, curious eyes and a face full of mischief, but her tolerance of other cats has seemed to have reached its limit.

Described by Wright in a November interview as motherly to new shelter kittens, Tea has since decided she prefers the company of humans.

“She hates other cats,” Wright said.

Tea’s perfect home will provide her a throne — or at least a cat tree, from which she might survey her kingdom.

As for Kacey, a recent mother weighing in at about 70 pounds, she will be happy with a spot in the sunlight or a bed by the fire.

Neither animal has any medical conditions. Tea is spayed, litter-box trained and current on all her shots except for rabies. Kacey has not had any shots and will need to be spayed by her new adoptive family.

Adoption fees are $25, and a portion of the cost to spay Kacey will go to the Clarke County Humane Society.

For more information on adopting Kacey or Tea, contact the shelter at 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville, by calling 540-955-5104 or visiting

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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