Name: Elise

Age: 2 years old

Breed: DLH

Sex: Female

When we can’t find the right words ourselves, we often turn to poetry to say it for us. It’s easy to imagine Elise – beautiful, independent, mysterious – with a volume of Emily Dickinson poems tucked beneath her bed. When no one is looking, she thumbs to a well-worn page and reads to herself:
“I fear me this – is Loneliness –
The Maker of the soul
Its Caverns and its Corridors
Illuminate – or seal –“
Two-year-old Elise, found as a stray, likes to convince us that she prefers solitude. Often hanging out by herself in her cat condo and actively disengaging when she’s had enough interaction, Elise thinks she can go it alone and doesn’t need a friend to fall back on. But Elise, like Dickinson, has lingering doubts and wonders whether her loneliness is the foundation of something admirable or perhaps leading to something less desirable.
Our prediction is that, while it might take a while, Elise will learn to trust and will recognize that loneliness has overwhelmed her and has encouraged her to elect solitude to distract herself from her sadness. She’ll let down her guard and recognize that social and emotional distancing won’t serve her in the long run. A friend is a necessary luxury in life.
An adult home with a patient and consistent human friend is what Elise needs. And time. Because change can’t be rushed. While her person waits for Elise to emerge from her shell, she’s at least guaranteed to be a conversation starter; there’s no denying she’s a stunning cat.
If you think Elise would be a good fit for your family and want to make a special appointment to meet her, please fill out the application at www.poainc.org. If you already have an approved application, you can simply send an e-mail to poaplacement@gmail.com.

Adoptions are now done by appointment only. Email poaplacement@gmail.com for more info and an appointment.

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