Pets of the Week: Nova and Radja

By Madison Bendistis
Elm Staff Writer

Meet a couple of feline friends who are proof that two is better than one. Nova and Radja are two 3-year-old cats available for adoption at the Humane Society of Kent County.

Nova is a calico cat with bright green eyes, while Radja has gray and brown tabby fur.

“They were surrendered to us in a storage container. Like one of those storage totes that you put Christmas decorations away in,” said intern Sarah Collins. “Their owners no longer had time for them and they had two other cats so they just surrendered Nova and Radja to us.”

Ever since Nova and Radja arrived at the Humane Society together, they have been inseparable.

“The two of them are very much bonded together. We really want them to go to a home together. We could separate them but they’d be much better off being adopted together,” Collins said. “We don’t know if they’re related, but they’re the same age and they were both already spayed so they might be sisters.”

Regardless of whether or not they are related by blood, Nova and Radja are certainly bounded by friendship.

“They love to cuddle each other. I have a picture of them cuddling together and they’re literally in a ying-yang pose. It’s so cute,” she said.

Nova and Radja have only been at the Humane Society for about a week-and-a-half, and the staff is hopeful that they do not need to stay for much longer.

“They tested really well on their adoption readiness assessment,” Collins said.

Usually, when cats are surrendered to the Humane Society, the staff must acclimate them to shelter life before they are ready for adoption. Nova and Radja, however, were ready to leave as soon as they got there.

“They were only in isolation for two days before we moved them to the adoption room,” Collins said.

Of course, the abrupt change from living in a home to living in a shelter has been a shock for both cats.

“They’re both really sweet but they are just scared to death. They don’t understand where they are or why they’re here,” she said.

According to Collins, Nova is more social than Radja. While Radja is too scared to approach anyone yet, Nova likes to be cuddled.

With time, patience, and socialization, both Nova and Radja could be welcomed to any home. They would be great with children, as long as the children are able to understand that the cats are scared and confused.

“They’re just so adorable,” Collins said. “I hope they aren’t here for long.”

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


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