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Woman ‘Takes a Chance’ and Rescues 26-Year-Old Cat

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A senior cat named Thomas is getting a second chance at life — and it’s all thanks to a kind cat lover named Laura Cassiday. At age 27, Cassiday is just one year older than her 26-year-old cat. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Cassiday first saw Thomas while browsing different animal rescue pages on Facebook, according to The Baltimore Sun. The elderly kitty, then under the care of the Animal Allies Rescue Foundation, had been put up for adoption after his former owner became sick. So the Baltimore County Animal Services had put up a social media post pleading for someone to not only get him out of the shelter, but to also give him the special senior care he so desperately needed.

After reading Thomas’s age “three or four times to make sure it wasn’t a typo,” Cassiday decided she would be that someone to foster the sweet feline. She picked him up the next day — adding to her fur family that now includes seven cats total.

“When I saw ’26,’ I knew there was no way I was leaving him there,” Cassiday said in an interview with Fox News.

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(Photo Credit: Laura Cassiday)

Working as an animal care technician at the Maryland branch of Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Cassiday knows how shelters can sometimes take a toll on older animals. It’s particularly challenging for Thomas considering his multiple medical issues — including arthritis, hyperthyroidism, an abnormal liver, and severe dental disease.

Cassiday told The Baltimore Sun that along with giving Thomas medication, she also feeds him as much as he wants to eat, as her vet advised.

“I’ve been pretty much letting him live like a king,” she said.

Now, Cassiday wants to send a message to prospective pet adopters to “take a chance” on older animals — rather than only opting for the younger, cuter puppies and kittens.

“The shy ones, the old ones, the ones that hide in the back of their cages, the ones that just don’t stand out, the ones that need you the most and have just as much love to give as any other pet,” Cassiday said.

If you’d like to help Thomas out, he has an Amazon wish list and a PayPal account that goes toward his medical care.

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(Photo Credit: Laura Cassiday)

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