PITTSFIELD – Several weeks ago, the Berkshire Beacon ran a story about two older cats, Otto and Lily, needing to be adopted after their elderly owner Eleanor Leaheypassed away.
Since they had lived together in the same home for so long, they needed to be adopted as a twosome.
In addition, they needed a home without children, other cats and especially no resident dogs.
The likelihood ofanyone coming forward to meet all of the above conditions was questionable, but Joan Howard, a sister of the cats’ late owner, wanted totry and put the word out.
Dana Anderson, a Lenox resident, read the article in the Beacon and called Mrs. Howard.
Sadly, his own cat, Sebastian, who lived with him for seven years, died in May.
“I had been thinking of getting a replacement cat,” Mr. Anderson, who lives alone, said.
Two days after the article ran, Mr. Anderson picked up the brother and sister cat and brought them home.
It’s been a little more of a challenge than the new owner originally anticipated.Mr. Anderson said the cats need a little bit more attention than he thought they’d need and they are also adjusting to a food regimen.
Dr. Sally Umlauf, a local veterinarian, heard about the cats being adopted and is making house calls to give them shots and check on them medically. Formerly associated with South Street Veterinary Services, she nowhas a solo practice specializing in care for cats at 450 PittsfieldRoad, Lenox.
Joan Howard said she and the whole family are happy the cats have found a permanent home.
“We’re just thrilled to death we found someone who would take the two of them,” she said. She has been in touch with Mr. Anderson.
At first, Lily continually hid and Otto did a little bit of hissing, Mrs. Howard said. After all, everything in their small world has completely changed, including their environment, schedules, and of course their owner.
“We knew it was going to be an adjustment,” Mrs. Howard said.
The new owner, however, who is still employed, appears to be up to the challenge. He had just finished giving a pill to a very reluctant Otto when reached by the Beacon for a follow-up story.
For once, in the world of older cats whose elderly owner died, this story has a happy ending.