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My 19-year-old cat had died on 11/25/17, but I still had my 18-year-old cat, Polar. He was aging rapidly without his buddy. I decided maybe if I got him company, it’d help him be less lonely. I was hesitant, as I didn’t want to overwhelm him at his age.

I looked online at bios of cats at shelters around town. I decided to go to the Kitty Shower at SAFE Haven, where I had been dropping off supplies on occasion. I had grown a fondness for them as a cat-saving organization since all of my cats in my life have been strays. After looking around at many cats, I was walking by a cage and found a brown tabby head next to mine. He appeared to have a scowl on his face, but was very friendly, rubbing against the wall of the cage. I chatted with him for a while and was told his name was Sorrentino. Turns out, he was one of the ones I’d looked at online. Out of all the cats, he seemed to me to be the best fit.

I couldn’t adopt him for almost a week as I had to go out of town. I filled out all the paperwork & said that if he was there when I got back, I’d bring him home. I just knew he’d be gone, but lo and behold, he was still there. I absorbed all the info provided me, as well as what I saw/heard when I visited for an introductory session at SAFE Haven. I proceeded step by step through the thorough adoption, took him home & introduced him to Polar gradually.

‘Tino has been one of the funniest cats I’ve ever known. At first, he was very curious, but a bit aloof and shy. Now he has truly come out of his shell as a bit of a klutzy clown. He has also become quite the lap cat. He is a very loving and lovable cat.

Cat’s Name: Sorrentino or “Tino”
Name While at SAFE Haven: Sorrentino
Owner: Patricia Blackwell