BALTIMORE, Maryland –There are more and more stories of people adopting senior pets and that’s fantastic because no matter how great a shelter is, senior pets deserve to spend their last years in a loving home. Especially when the dog or cat is terminally ill and doesn’t have much time left to live.
Such is Tigger’s case. He has a sad background: he was abandoned at a veterinary hospital by his previous owners when he was 20 years old; without explanation or note. Fortunately, a couple who was already thinking of finding a companion for their 6-year old cat, saw the plight on Facebook and decided to take Tigger and give him a home.
He was in a bad shape when he came into their lives, and after a visit to the vet they discovered he was suffering from kidney failure and had a golf ball-sized tumor on his body.
With medication, a special diet and lots of love, they nursed Tigger back to health and decided to create a bucket list for him to give him some meaningful adventures as long as he showed the will to live.
At the end of February, they celebrated a year with him in their lives and he’s more alive than ever. His human, Adriene Nicole, has been in the vet field for 15 years and she’s making sure Tigger is getting the best veterinarian care.
Since he enjoys outdoor time so much, they keep adding outdoor adventures to his bucket list. One of the first things they crossed out the list was a trip to the beach and he really enjoyed chilling out in the sand.
But don’t worry, they also combine his little adventures like his appearance on the news or his lasser collar play session, with more relaxing activities like eating lots of delicious food, spending a nice Christmas surrounded by friends and having lots of naps, cuddles and love.
They still want to organize him a date with a female cat and take him on a boat ride. And the list will keep on growing as long as Tigger seems happy and feeling well.
They created a Facebook page of his bucket list adventures and he has over 16,500 followers delighted to see him living a full and happy life.
Adriane Nicole and her boyfriend Michael Trentadue are trying to show others how amazing can it be to give a senior pet a second chance and a nice life full of love. They say:
“we learned how amazing it was to adopt an older cat … it was the best decision we have ever made. Seeing Tigger so happy and basically transforming into almost like a kitten just reassures us that he is living his last days to the fullest! We hope Tigger’s story encourages others to consider adopting older pets”
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