Pet of the Week: Medusa

By Madison Bendistis
Elm Staff Writer

Although Halloween has passed, a certain black cat with a spooky name is still waiting for her forever home.

Medusa is a two-year-old domestic short hair cat with beautiful green eyes, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Kent County.

“We put her picture on Facebook for Halloween since she’s a black cat, but she’s far from scary. She’s been doing amazing lately. All she wants is attention,” said Kennel Technician JP Hooker.

Unlike the creature of Greek mythology, Medusa is far from a monster.

“I think she’s one of the sweetest cats ever,” Hooker said. “I’m not really a cat person, but Medusa has grown on me so much.”


When she was surrendered by her previous owner and arrived at the Humane Society, she was overwhelmed by the change in environment.

“When she first came here she was very scared. I remember I was cleaning the kennels and I saw that her name was Medusa and I was like, ‘oh no.’ I went to clean her and she was super scared and hissy,” he said.

For many animals, being placed in a small, closed environment is terrifying after being used to having free range at a house.

“Medusa hated being in a kennel; she was just so scared when she was in there. Luckily one day two of our staff members, Julie and Mary, decided to try her in the front office to see how she behaved there.”

Medusa blossomed when she was placed in this new environment.

“She’s gone from being scared to death to wanting nothing but love and attention. She stays in Julie’s office all the time. Julie can’t really do work because Medusa will come up and sit on her chair,” he said.

In addition to becoming more social, Medusa has become one of the staff’s favorite cats.

“She’s just really cool. I think it’s awesome how she’s gone from being scared to being loving, and that all it took was socialization outside of that scary kennel environment,” he said.

Because Medusa has had such a transformation, the staff is hoping that it well help her find a home soon.

“She’s doing amazing as an office cat. I think she’s been here for longer than she should’ve been,” he said.

If anyone in the Chestertown community, WC faculty and staff members, or even students with families are interested rescuing Medusa, please contact the Humane Society of Kent County at 410-778-3648 or by emailing

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