The average stay at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for a cat is 23 days. Monique has been there for a total of 121 days.
The 2-year-old cat is extremely lively and social, but she has been unable to find a home because she has feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Although the disease is readily handled, she is unable to coexist with most other cats. Monique is a very curious, energetic cat who would love to have her own outside place to explore, but her new yard would have to be fenced so that no other cats could get in and potentially catch FIV. Because of these circumstances, many have been hesitant to adopt Monique, so she remains at the shelter, waiting for someone to take her in
Monique is a particularly nice and cuddly little cat,” Battersea Dogs & Cats Home communications officer Nikki Cummins told The Dodo. “When she first arrived at Battersea, she was a little hesitant and it took a while for her to come out of her shell, but after she got to know the people around her, her personality shined through and she’s always delighted to see us.”
Everyone at the shelter likes Monique and wishes she to finally find her forever home, so they devised a plan to assist with her adoption.
“Monique’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so it felt like the perfect moment to honor one of our kitties,” Cummins said. “What better time for individuals to think about adding more love to their lives than Valentine’s Day?” We get a lot of visitors to our cattery, many of them are interested in adopting a cat and want to learn more about how to do so as well as see some of our animals. Staff anticipated that the decorations would attract everyone’s attention to the birthday girl, inspire them to inquire about the type of house she was searching for, and, in a perfect world, offer to take her home.”
It seemed like a brilliant concept, and everyone jumped into action to make it a reality. Everything was ready for the party on the day of the event. The decorations were in place, and the birthday girl was in the spotlight. Everyone crossed their fingers and waited, hoping that this would be the day Monique found her permanent home.
However, no one showed up to Monique’s birthday celebration.
Everyone was disappointed after all their hopes that the celebration would be a success — but lovely Monique, as usual, stayed cheerful.
“We were sorry that Monique’s birthday didn’t draw any possible new owners, but our employees and volunteers were more than glad to come in to give the birthday lady a bit of a fuss – she got a LOT of cheek massages that day,” Cummins added.
Even though the celebration didn’t go as planned, everyone at the shelter is confident that Monique’s perfect forever home is out there someplace. Meanwhile, she’ll continue to receive a lot of attention from the shelter personnel.
“Monique is blissfully ignorant of her sudden celebrity and appears satisfied,” Cummins added. “Although she would like to have her own home, she has gradually adjusted to life at the cattery and enjoys spending quality time with our staff and volunteers, as well as resting on her perch to keep an eye on everything going on around her.”
Monique would thrive in a home with no other dogs or cats and an enclosed yard in which she could play and explore. She requires a family that understands that she may require some time to adjust at first, and hence she may live with children as long as they understand how to give her the space she requires. Aside from that, Monique simply wants to be loved and has a lot of love to give in return.