Woman who adopted 11-year-old cat returns to shelter to adopt his 16-year-old friend

This is the happy ending story of two bonded cats who ended up at a Maryland animal shelter, where one was adopted and the other left behind. Thanks to a kind-hearted woman whose conscience prevailed, the best buddies are reunited and will remain together for the rest of her life.

Woman returns to adopt 16-year-old Max (1)

Woman returns to adopt 16-year-old Max

A month ago an 11-year-old cat named Mojo was adopted from Anne Arundel Animal Control by a loving woman who knew that just because a cat is older doesn’t mean it’s any less deserving of a good home. Unfortunately, Mojo left behind his best friend Max, who is 16.

It’s hard for a senior cat in a shelter. Most of the time these cats are owner-surrenders whose pet parent no longer wants an aging cat or can’t afford the care necessary as a cat grows into its senior years. Mojo and Max came to the shelter at the same time, leaving him heartbroken when his best friend was chosen.

The woman who adopted Mojo had a change of heart and returned to the Anne Arundel shelter on December 26 to adopt Max. She explained

“The idea of him living out his life in a cage just broke my heart.”

Bonded senior cats enter the shelter system every day. Many become ill and either die or are euthanized, especially when one is left without the other. I’ve read many stories of one cat being adopted and the other shutting down after losing a best friend. How fortunate Mojo and Max are to have the joy of living out the remainder of their lives together.

Needless to say, the shelter staff was very happy to see Max join his best friend. We need more Christmas miracles like this one. Please share this one with friends who need a happy ending to brighten their day.

My thanks to Tracy Campion who posted the story on Examiner and to Facebook: Anne Arundel Animal Control who reported Max being reunited with Mojo.

Please comment on Facebook as well as it helps spread the word – thanks.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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3 Responses

  1. Albert Schepis says:

    I think the next time I adopt from a shelter I’ll look for and adopt senior pals like this so I can be sure they’ll stay together. I think it’s cruel to split them up.

  2. RM says:

    Kudos to the understanding woman who adopted Mojo and then Max. When I adopted two of mine, I was adopting a third who was special needs and so the suggestion was to take one. Needless to say, I took both and all three are so melded together that it brings me great joy. Even if they weren’t so close, I still would have taken all three knowing they had a relationship. I could barely read this post to my husband I was crying so hard. This is the meaning of the holidays…family: four-legged or two, being together.

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