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Elderly Cat Finds Herself At A Shelter In The Twilight Of Her Life, Hoping To Be Loved Once Again

Philadelphia, PA – An elderly cat named Meeka finds herself sitting in an animal shelter cage in the twilight of her life. The nearly 16-year-old cat is still open to love and hopeful that someone might find it in their heart to love a senior girl like her.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania SPCA said,

“‘What is Real?'” asked the Velveteen Rabbit.”
“Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time… then you become Real.”
Like the Velveteen Rabbit, Meeka was loved. And over 14 years, she became real.
Her fur isn’t as supple as it once was, her joints don’t move as freely, and her movement has slowed, but as told in the story, once you are real you cannot become unreal again. Meeka’s heart is still open to love.

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Sweet Meeka wants to be loved. Will you please help her find someone who can take her in and show her kindness for the remainder of her life? She would adore spending her days in a warm lap, enjoying chin scratches and love.

Animal ID 8152823
Species Cat
Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix
Age 15 years 7 months 16 days
Gender Female
Size Medium
Color Grey
Declawed No
Housetrained Unknown
Site Pennsylvania SPCA-Philadelphia

To meet Meeka, you can send the shelter an email at or call (215) 426-6300. You can also meet her in person at 350 E. Erie Ave from 12 – 6:30 PM, 7 days a week,

Note: All inquiries about this cat must be made directly to the shelter. Animal Victory is not the point of contact and has no affiliation with this cat, or this shelter facility. We share homeless pets in need of homes in order to reach more people and get them the help they need.

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  1. So sad 😞 😔 It is heart breaking to find this kitty abandoned near the end of her life. Isn’t there a rescue group that could pull her out of the shelter? I found my cat, a rescue from the Manhattan Animal Care and Control, and pulled by Staten Island Rescue. There was a stipend for him. If there’s a way I could help, please let me know.

    • Since it sounds like you live in or near NY, why don’t you contacted the Staten Island Rescue where you got your kitty and asked them to pull this senior cat out and save her life? That would be certainly one way to help this little one. You could offer to donate to its care until adopted out.

  2. I wish she was in Washington state. I would take her in a heartbeat. I hope there is a local who can open up their heart and home for this precious treasure. She deserves to be loved by a furever family for the rest of her lifetime.

    • Since you seem to have room in your home and heart for this kitty, maybe you can go online and find a local cat rescue group in PA and see if they might be able to pull her out of the shelter and save her life. They could get her into a foster home and hopefully adopted later. Some rescues also network with transportation companies or volunteers that drive animals from area where the shelters are full to areas where they are adopters like the PNW. Maybe they can get the kitty to you provided you are willing to donate to help fund that effort.

    • If you wanted to adopt her, you could away go online and see if you can find a local cat rescue in PA that might pull the kitty out and arrange transport to you or you could fly to pick her up and bring her home. Cats are allowed in the cabin of planes provided you put kitty in soft carrier that goes under your seat.

  3. People that dump their pets at the shelter should be forced to pay for the animals care and boarding until they are adopted. And if they aren’t adopted, they should pay for the euthanasia too if it comes to that. Plus the owner should be banned from ever adopting another animal from their a shelter or rescue since they obviously can’t commit to a lifetime adoption. Adoption means caring for that pet for the duration of its life. If you decided your 16 year old daughter or son was a pain and you wanted them out of the house, you couldn’t just dump them at a homeless shelter and run away, right? Of course not. People suck.

    • I agree with you but if these people who don’t care enough about their pets to find a way to keep them or find them a good home had to pay to dump them at a shelter… They would most likely choose to just dump them in the streets or drop them off at the shelter claiming they found a stray. People who don’t want to take responsibility for their actions can usually find a way not too.

      • True, people do dump animals and say they found them. But, make abandoning a animal at the shelter’s property or in the streets a FELONY instead of just a misdemeanor. In some areas, it’s not even a crime. If people knew they would be facing felony charges for dumping their pets, they would think twice before doing it. Plus, every animal from a shelter or rescue should be mandated to implant a microchip with the new owner’s information, this way if the animal is abandoned, authorities know who to go look for. I know people move and info can get old, but almost everybody seems to be on social media so they can be tracked. People can be tracked based on their name/dob and or driver’s license too so the shelters/rescues need to get the info and verify it before releasing a pet. The world could be a better place if law enforcement would get tough on crime, and all crimes even ones involving animals.



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