Before passing away, Susie’s owner made sure to describe their time together in a heartwarming letter she hoped her pet cat’s new owners would receive the day she was adopted. In May, her son took her orange cat, along with the letter, to a Maryland animal shelter. He explained the situation to the staff, telling them he couldn’t keep Susie due to the pet policy at his rental.
So the staff at Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is keeping the two-page letter, which begins with “Dear Friend. Thank you for adopting my friend, Susie,” for the cat’s new owner – who they hope will come soon.
In the note, the woman describes everything Susie’s new owners should know about her, including details from the four and a half years she spent with her cherished companion. “Susie is afraid of everyone and everything. It took her six to eight months to realize I am her friend … Susie is unusual but I enjoy her company. I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have,” it reads.
And although the shelter’s staff still has some unanswered questions about the letter, it does help them understand Susie and her owner’s special relationship. “We’re left to guess so much. But because of the note we can more easily imagine this sweet life that the two of them shared,” Katherine Zenzano, the shelter’s community outreach coordinator, told The Huffington Post.
Currently, the shelter’s staff and volunteers are still working to help Susie warm up to the shelter, which was not easy at first. “She tried to escape from her cage; she hid. Susie doesn’t have a lot of confidence to begin with, and now it’s at ‘an all-time low,'” said Zenzano.
They’re also hoping that someone will come soon to take Susie to a loving home. “She is certainly learning to trust again,” said Zenzano. “She’s a sensitive girl and she lost the most important person to her. She needs another gentle soul to rescue her.”
To see Susie’s adoption listing, visit the animal services website. Read the full letter below:
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