By Madi Bendistis
Elm Staff Writer
Meet Eric, a 2-year-old cat at the Humane Society of Kent County. Eric has white and gray patchy fur and with emerald green eyes.
Eric’s past is unknown because, as with many cats at the Humane Society, he was left in the shelter’s drop room overnight.
The staff did not expect Eric to remain at the shelter for a long period of time.
“He is great with all cats. He loves people. He’s a pretty cool cat,” said Kennel Technician JP Hooker.
For whatever reason, Eric has not yet found his forever home.
“He’s been here longer than we thought he would be,” he said. “Someone was looking at him a while ago, but they fell in love with a kitten instead.”
Kitten season peaks during the summer, which causes an overflow of kittens to arrive at animal shelters.
Although kittens are great for those who are looking for a young, playful partner that they can watch grow and mature, the abundance of kittens in shelters during this time diverts attention away from many of the older cats who are just as deserving of a real home.
This is the case with Eric.
“He’s still young. He’s only 2 years old. But he’s been here for a while now and we want to get him out because he’s such an easily adoptable cat.”
Eric does well in any type of environment.
“He thrives in a free-roaming scenario,” Hooker said. “He loves to go outside and inside. He likes to sit outside and sunbathe.”
Eric gets along will all types of cats and people, including children. “He’s never been around dogs but I think he’d be fine with them,” he said. “He likes to keep to his own.”
In the short time that Washington College students have been back in Chestertown, Eric has befriended them, too.
“Some of the College students have come in already and played with Eric. He’s very likable,” Hooker said.
The Humane Society’s staff is hopeful that Eric will find a home soon.
“He’s a good looking cat. He’s got charm,” Hooker said. “He’s one of the staff’s favorites.”
If anyone in the Chestertown community, WC faculty and staff members, or even students with families are interested in rescuing this cool cat, please contact the Humane Society of Kent County at 410-778-3648 or by emailing email@example.com.