This Cat Has Lived in a Shelter for More Than 21 Years

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Image source: Caters News Agency
Image source: Caters News Agency

Meet Tilly. She’s a stunning 24 years old, and has lived at the West Midlands Animal Welfare rescue and sanctuary in England since 1995. That’s 21 years, and Tilly has never been adopted. In fact, during the time that she’s spent in the shelter, Tilly’s been passed over by more than 30,000 people.

Tilly was originally brought into the shelter when she was found with a litter of kittens in someone’s garden. Her kittens were adopted, but no one wanted to adopt Tilly. That could be because of her personality – she can be difficult with humans – but Tilly loves other cats. During her time at the shelter she has looked after a number of cats, even helping shelter cats which were blind or paralyzed.

Now that Tilly is 24, she is Britain’s oldest shelter cat. Tilly’s in no risk of losing her home at the shelter; West Midlands Animal Welfare will continue to give Tilly a home for the rest of her life. While there was hope that Tilly would find an adoptive home, she is no longer up for adoption – a major life change such as an adoption could possibly be a negative change for Tilly, given her age. Tilly is still in good health and we wish her many more years.

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