Category: Shelter

Special Challenges of Senior Cats in Shelters

Special Challenges of Senior Cats in Shelters

By Molly DeVoss

For over a decade, I have volunteered in the cat areas at Dallas Animal Services (DAS), a municipal shelter which has the fifth highest intake volume of animals in the United States. I routinely see senior cats on their rescue list. In some cases, the shelter will allow adoption of these cats, but many of them are identified as only suitable to be transferred to a rescue organization because of their apparent medical issues—only rescue groups have the experience and resources to treat them so that they can, ideally, be adopted when they are medically cleared.

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