Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Another Sweet Senior Story: Beau

I've got one last Senior story to share today, and I think I've saved the best for last. To me, it illustrates the commitment and devotion our Humane Society has to every animal -- even these special, very hard to place cases. It took a long time to find a spot for this Senior but they did not give up on this cat.

Here goes:

Found hiding under a car at a local shopping center, Beau needed some help. A Good Samaritan scooped Beau up and brought him to the shelter. That was a good day for this older gentleman; he no longer had to be alone or scared.

Handsome Beau needed to shed a few pounds and has a slight incontinence problem – making placement a little more challenging for this aging fellow. But the Humane Society is committed to Making Happy Happen for all the healthy animals that come through their doors. In 2016 the shelter found homes for 3,972 cats and returned 179 cats to their owners.

Beau had always been a house cat, however, with his incontinence problem the shelter couldn’t find a home willing to take on that challenge. At 13 years of being inside becoming an outside cat was not a safe option for Beau.

After several weeks of trying to find a good fit, staff decided to think outside the box with regards to Beau, perhaps the right barn placement could work.

Beau couldn’t go to just any barn though; he needed lots of human contact, food provided for him (his hunting days are over) and barn doors that are closed at night. After establishing those parameters, a staff member knew just the place for Beau, her mom’s barn!

Because of his special circumstances, it took Beau 48 days to find his happy ending. At an average cost of $35 per day to care for healthy senior cats Beau’s care cost approximately $1,680. The Humane Society could not do this life-saving work without the generosity of this caring community.

I'm so grateful the HS was able to go that extra mile for this big love.  

Stories like this can happen because we help provide the resources -- that's why today's Senior Cat day is so important.

We met our awesome $5000 matching donation challenge that our dear Cynthia presented today, but that doesn't mean Senior Cat Day is over -- we're still collecting donations for the Seniors until 7:00 AM tomorrow.

To make a tax-deductible donation to help this special population of cats, please visit our fundraising page.

Thank you for listening, and thanks to everyone who's contributed to this awesome day.


  1. Beau is one very handsome Gentleman Cat of Distinguished Years. Like a fine wine, he's only grown better with age.

    I'm giving my donation today in honor of my sweet white senior guy, Sam. He adopted me in 2004 at the age of 2-3, according to his shelter tag. He's been with me through several moves and some very difficult times. He LOVES to eat, and the lost of several teeth in 2014 have not slowed down his impression of a Hoover when he's fed twice a day. His sister-from-another-mister, Maya, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February when cancer got the better of her at 12, and he's been enjoying being an only kitty since then. Senior kitties have all the love to give, all the biscuits to make, all the fur to shed (;D), all the fabulousness to share.

  2. Oh, my heart just grew three sizes

  3. My heart is so full of love for Beau and his family. And the Humane Society.

  4. My most senior kitty lived to 23- a Siamese rescued from a 6 month stint in a vets office where she'd been dumped as a kitten after being found in the street. Six months in a cage covered her in dark brown fur and made her very timid. I kept her (and her pan!) in my room for weeks while I did my homework (I was 11) and talked and sang to her. When she finally socialized, she shed all the dark brown hair and became a gorgeous seal point. I had her for 23 years, and one of her last pictures is of her lying on my daughter's stomach. She was the sweetest cat I've ever had - and her old age was full of dignity and love. I wish that for every senior kitty.

    1. I had no idea confinement could affect a cat's fur. Is that unique to Siamese?

      I'll admit to being one who almost certainly couldn't tolerate an incontinence problem. Clawing my sofa is one thing - that's another. But it's not the dear cat's fault, so it is so heartwarming when creative solutions can be found. And where your staff member can keep in touch with him! Hugs to Beau and his new family!

  5. Loved thiss tory.Made my heart smile.Good for Beau.Hope he has the best of his life now.♥

  6. Thank you very much for sharing the story about your sweet kitty that will be much helpful for me to have something better to understand about them.

  7. Awww, I would want to take a book and go sit in the hay with Beau so he can have some lap time.



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