Our sweet senior Sneakers proves that it’s never too late to find your happily ever after. Going on 19 years in age, he’s had his fair share of life experience – including moving from Pennsylvania to Texas; a move that brought him into the arms of his adoptive parents, Carie and Mark.
During a trip in which a few instructors of our national educational program, American Pets Alive!, visited Sneakers’ former sanctuary in Pennsylvania, a sad reality was revealed to them: Sneakers had spent the vast majority of his life at the sanctuary. While they were providing him with the utmost level of care (and lots of cuddles), our team knew he deserved to experience all that life could offer – including having a forever family. So they brought him back to Austin!
Carie and Mark now have full faith in the classic saying, “Sometimes the best things come to you when you’re not even searching for them,” as that’s exactly how Sneakers came into their lives. Both cat lovers, the couple started their marriage with four cats in their home. Over the years, three of their fur babies crossed the rainbow bridge, which left them with sweet Gaby and their dog Uno.
No stranger to APA!, they had adopted Uno from us back in 2011. Fast forward to this year, and Carie and Mark were more than happy with their little family. They knew they’d add a kitten or two one day, but for now they were content – until they saw Sneaker’s adoption photo posted by a friend on Facebook.
The only thing Carie and Mark knew before adopting him was his age and that he was a long-stay from another state; nonetheless, they felt a call to give him a chance to live out the rest of his life in the comfort of a home.
While Sneakers hasn’t had the easiest life, he hasn’t held that against anyone. Sweet and playful right from the start, in Carie’s words, it truly was love at first sight: “His big, beautiful green eyes, wonky ear, and his adorable white paws just melted my heart,” gushes Carie. “It didn’t deter us that he was 18 years old. Two of our cats lived to 18 and 19, and our current cat is 20 years old. Why not adopt a younger man for her to hang out with?”
Sneakers fit right in at his new home, taking an instant liking to his new cat sister. Uno, on the other hand, took some warming up to; Sneakers was not sure of his new big yellow dog brother. Eventually everyone was peacefully cohabitating, and then Carie came home to a surprise: Sneakers and Uno were laying on the same dog bed, something she never thought would happen. Now they are the best of friends!
There’s truly never a dull moment with Sneakers in the home. Just the other day he went into his litter box and was scratching around, then hopped right back out! He proceeded to sit and glare at the litter box. At this point, Carie decided to investigate, and low and behold, there was a scorpion in there! That’s Texas for you. The smart boy luckily didn’t get stung, and they were able to get the scorpion out safely so Sneakers could do his business in peace. He was so concerned about this strange monster in his potty that Carie drew a comic of it (included left for a good laugh)!
If you take one thing away from Sneaker’s story, Carie and Mark want it to be this: Don’t pass up the older kitties without giving them a chance, because they have so much to give! “Sneakers has only been part of our family for a few months, but already our home wouldn’t be the same without him.”
Sneakers is a brilliant example of the amazing animals we work to save every single day. While at many other shelters senior kitties are euthanized upon intake, at APA! we’ll never give up on them; we even have a senior center in our cattery at our Townlake location. So come say hello, or take a look online! To help pets like Sneakers find their happily ever after, please consider giving today.