At seven years old, Hola is a cat still in search of a permanent home in Langley.
The cat has been at the Patti Dale Animal Shelter for more than 130 days, said Jayne Nelson, animal welfare manager.
She’s already had a pretty rough life for a friendly house cat.
Hola started out with a local family who got her a tattoo and a microchip.
She was later rehomed with new owners. But when they moved, Nelson said, it seems they simply left Hola behind.
The midde-aged cat came to the attention of the Langley Animal Protection Society after a local resident caught her.
Hola had been coming around the resident’s home for about a year, but had apparently been living as a stray the whole time.
She came in suffering from a number of medical conditions, including an ear infection and a rash on her stomach.
For a time after she arrived, Hola was wearing some cat pyjamas made by one of LAPS’s volunteers.
They were used in place of a cone, to keep her from worrying at the rash on her stomach while it healed up.
Hola has some allergies and will need hypoallergenic food and a bit more vet care than average, but Nelson is still surprised it’s been so hard finding her a new home.
“If you go in, she just climbs in your lap and purrs,” Nelson said.
LAPS has already put Hola through a number of health procedures, cleared up her infections, and gotten her allergies under control.
“Everything expensive has already been done,” Nelson said.
While finding homes for senior and middle-aged cats can be a challenge, LAPS is also home to a host of kittens right now.
The recent Kitten Roundup was successful, and now LAPS is hosting a Kittenpalooza to find new homes for the 70 kittens currently at the shelter. There are also 15 adult cats.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 30 of the kittens were taken in during the Kitten Roundup, said Nelson.
Anyone coming by and ready to take in a cat can check out the kittens or the more mature cats.
“We certainly wouldn’t limit it to just kittens,” Nelson said.