It's opening day for the new PAWS Cat City and Supervisor Steph Renaud is holding the most unlikely "poster-kitty" for the television crew. "When she meows, it sounds like Bea Arthur doing a cat impression." Not exactly what adopters are looking for in a world of cute kittens, but Renaud says the twelve-year-old is completely misunderstood. "That voice makes her sound old and cranky, but she's not. She loves to cuddle."
Mia was originally adopted from PAWS in 2006, but in May of last year her owner moved to a nursing home and had to give her up. Settling back into shelter life hasn't been easy for this Golden Girl, especially in a world of cute and cuddly kittens. "We've done everything to find her a home," says Renaud. "She plays like a kitten...you should see her with a catnip mouse."
A cat of Mia's age is often thought to be best suited to a senior citizen or retiree, someone looking for companionship without the uncorked energy of a kitten. Adoption counselors refer to it as matching "seniors for seniors," but Mia was about to teach them a new term.
In early February, a young woman visiting PAWS Cat City was quickly taken by Mia's long mane and regal poise. Within an hour, Mia and the young lady were actually snuggling. As a full time doctor living by herself, this urban professional wanted a cat she could love, who didn't require a huge commitment of time. Mia couldn't have been a better fit. A lap cat by trade, Mia went home with the doctor as the shelter's very first "seniors for singles."
Tonight Mia lounges atop the doctor's comforter, patiently waiting for her "goodnight" snuggle from the woman who changed her life.