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It wasn’t a typo. The “2001” birthday listed for Oreo was completely accurate. This charming cat was indeed 20 years old.

You never would have guessed by looking at him. His eyes were big and bright, his fur was silky, and if you were in his room, Oreo was on the move. He was flopping over for pets, head-butting, trotting over if you mistakenly thought you were allowed to walk away. Oh, and Purring with a capital P.

When Oreo’s person could no longer care for him and worried about health conditions at his age, the Connecticut Humane Society took him in.

Whether a pet is an infant needing to be bottle-fed, or a super-duper senior like Oreo, the special kind of care they need is ready and waiting at CHS, thanks to generous donors.

For Oreo, that meant a blood test, a thorough exam of his mouth, treatment for ear and eye infections, and a special diet for a sensitive stomach. His biggest problem was his mouth—lots of teeth were missing and some were loose and bleeding. CHS veterinarians gave his “good” teeth a cleaning and removed the rotten ones.

He was grateful his mouth felt better, but Oreo just wanted to get back to socializing with his new friends. CHS gave him a bachelor pad complete with a pile of cozy blankets, toys and a chair, where his human pals could visit. (With adoptions now done by appointment and spread throughout the day for Covid precautions, meet-and-greet rooms have been repurposed into pet suites.)

A wise and mature gentleman, Oreo was beyond his years of getting into mischief. He simply longed for a buddy who’d be by his side. That’s one of the reasons senior pets make great companions.

Oreo’s new dad certainly feels that way. In fact when CHS called to check in on them after adoption, Oreo was sitting on his lap. They both got the best friend they were hoping for.

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