Pet Talk: Sick and older pets struggle to find homes –

artine, a black-and-white tuxedo cat in stage 2 renal failure, patiently waited only five months at the Cat Adoption Team before landing in a loving home. That’s a relatively short time, considering that a cat like Martine requires fluid therapy, a special renal diet and a little more veterinary care than a typical 5 ½-year-old cat.

None of that fazed Southwest Portland resident Jean Pierson, who read about her in The Oregonian’s “Pet of the Week” section in December. Once she saw Martine’s story and photo, Pierson says she couldn’t get the cat out of her mind. Now she cherishes every day with her new friend, who she says is playful, loving, active and fun.

“My experience with Martine is that I receive way more from her than I give to her in special care,” Pierson says.

Not every cat is so lucky. Older animals or those with health issues are often looked over at shelters, despite the fact that many of these animals can still offer years of companionship and unconditional love.

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