Helping Older Animals Find Their Forever Homes

We are only a few days away from NBC Connecticut’s Clear the Shelters, a fantastic time to find a furry family member a forever home. However, people often think of kittens and puppies up for adoption, still animals of all ages and circumstances can make for a perfect pet.

When it comes to feline friends, Barbosa and Dalma are the cat’s meow. In fact, the 4-year old brother and sister are a bonded pair of cats.

“They'll groom each other, they will play with each other. They sit in the window together, it's just really cute,” said Sarah Morrell.

The cats are extremely cute, however a shy duo at 4-years old was a tough sell for some people looking to adopt. That is, until Clear the Shelters last year when Sarah Morrell and her husband met the cats.

“I didn't know what I wanted when I went in there. So, it was definitely one of those moments where I felt like they chose me,” said Morrell.

At first the cats were shy and scared in their new home, but now they are the King and the Queen of the castle.

“Definitely a lot of laughs, they make me laugh almost every day or they make me smile. They come to greet me at the door, there is a lot of love that they can give so it's just fantastic,” said Morrell.

With plenty of love, cuddles and some tuna temptation, these cats are thriving away from their once caged life. They are making sure everyone gets the message that pets of all ages, even bonded pairs, can be a perfect fit for any family.

“It definitely feels great to know that I gave them home and that they are living with us and going to be with us for a very long time and they get to stay with us for the rest of their lives,” said Morrell.

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are proud to present the 4th annual Clear the Shelters adoption event on Saturday, August 18. In this nationwide event, animal shelters and rescue organizations will open their doors in an effort to match loving families with deserving pets.

NBC Connecticut and Telemundo Connecticut are teaming up with the Connecticut Humane Society and dozens of animal organizations. Many shelters will offer reduced fees for adoption. Hundreds of pets will be available for adoption. Last year in Connecticut, over 1,100 pets found their forever homes during Clear the Shelters.

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