Patience prevails for cat who stayed at shelter 985 days

Imagine how the cat, appropriately named Patience, felt during her stay at the Huntingdon County Humane Society.

She spent 985 days at the shelter (two years, eight months and 11 days) before finally finding her forever home.

Thankfully, HCHS is one of many local shelters who do their best to care for pets until adopted — no matter how long it may take.

HCHS said they “couldn’t be happier that she has finally found a home to call her own.” What’s better is that her family found her from the Sunday edition of the Altoona Mirror in the Pets of the Week section (glance to the left of my column).

We couldn’t be happier either that we are able to provide this public service for pets in need. It’s a feature we’ve been showcasing in the Mirror for more than a decade now thanks in part to our sponsor Coldwell Banker Town & Country Real Estate and broker/owner Bob Pennington.

Currently, we have room for photos from six rescues/shelters in our Pets of the Week feature, but sadly these pets must represent the hundreds of shelters/rescues and animals at each shelter/rescue who unfortunately can’t get their picture in the limelight.

It is our hope that readers realize these special pets are a true representation of all the many pets out there looking for a forever home.

If you’ve been looking for the next “fur” love of your life, I often refer people to two different online sites, Petfinder.com and AdoptAPet.com. Both sites house thousands of rescues and shelters who can showcase their animals for adoption, including all the local shelters in your area.

You can personalize your search for the type of animal and even the breed you may be searching for, the sex, age and even by location/distance.

If you can’t make a trip to your local shelter or rescue, chances are you can find them on one of these two sites.

We found our newest “old” boy, Brady, on AdoptAPet.com when his profile flashed on my email inbox one day. I knew he had to be ours.

I have also found some of my other rescues over the years on petfinder.com. They came from very reputable rescues.

Here’s where I remind you to do your research, too, when you happen upon a shelter or rescue you’re not familiar with. Do a little digging. Check out their website, their social media pages and see what kind of comments and recommendations they have.

Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call and speak with a representative of the organization and ask questions to gain a level of comfort with them before exploring adoption from them.

They should be open, honest and forthcoming with you about their organization and the pet(s) you may be interested in adopting.

Adopting a pet can be one of the most fulfilling joys in life. But it is a lifetime commitment — that is, for the lifetime of your pet.

Give adoption a lot of thought before you are willing to commit.

Shelters are overcrowded now with pets people grew tired of caring for or couldn’t care for anymore for a variety of reasons.

Be sure to have plans in place, too, in case something happens to you to have someone or an organization in line to help care for your pet(s).

For now, we wish Patience and her new human family the very best and thank them for giving this sweet girl a chance at having a loving life with a family of her own.

And to the Huntingdon County Humane Society, a special thanks for loving and caring for Patience all those long, lonely days.

Amy J. Hanna-Eckenrode is the author of “Have Dog Will Blog,” editor of the Central PA Pets magazine and director of the Central PA Pet Expo. She can be contacted at ahanna@altoonamirror.com or by mail: Paws and Reflect, c/o Amy J. Hanna-Eckenrode, Altoona Mirror, 301 Cayuga Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.

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