Sweet senior cat seeks home

Earl is looking for his retirement home. Josh Gully/Daily

EDINBURG – Earl may be an old cat, but he has plenty of love to give when he moves to his retirement home.

Emily Gochenour, Shenandoah County Animal Shelter caretaker, said Earl is a “simple cat” and “just wants someone to love him and give him affection.”

Gochenour said perhaps the perfect situation for Earl would be a retired couple who “have time to just relax on the couch with him and really give him all of that love that he’s craving.”

She added that he would fit into any family situation and around children. The most important quality in an adopter, she said, is anyone “willing to give him the T.L.C. that he needs.


“We definitely suggest anyone who is looking to adopt to come and meet him and make sure he’s going to be a good fit…it takes a special person to take home a senior cat,” Gochenour said. 

Earl’s exact age is hard to determine because Gochenour said he “is in desperate need of a dental cleaning” but he is at least 12. She added that the shelter hopes to find a sponsor to cover the cost of the dental cleaning.

He has resided the last two weeks within the shelter, where he came as a surrender from someone who was probably not his original owner.

“He’s probably been outside for some time just wondering house to house wherever he could find food,” Gochenour said.

She added that Earl would be OK as an indoor or outdoor cat, but he may prefer to be indoors.

“He just loves people, so I think he would prefer to have a home inside so he can retire and relax,” she said.

Earl’s adoption fee is $40, which includes neutering, flea treatment and worming. Interested adopters can contact the shelter at 540-984-8955 or visit 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg.