Name: Esther

Age: 10 years 7 months

Breed: DSH Tortie

Sex: Female

There is a saying that goes something like this: I sat with my anger and she told me her real name was grief.

Such a saying might be true of Esther, a cat who at first blush seems like a bit of a grump – a little hissy and standoffish. But Esther is going through a mourning period. She came to us from a life where she had a person she loved, and who loved her, but who was unable to consistently meet her needs. Because of this situation, Esther was surrendered to POA and she naturally feels very confused. She misses her old life and she’s sad to be at the shelter with people she hasn’t yet learned to trust. And all this sadness manifests as anger which might put off a potential adopter. But we’ve seen the soft and gentle cat that lies beneath this crusty exterior; who, when allowed to grieve what she has lost and to reacclimate to a new reality, will bloom into a loving and trusting lady. She has a motor-like purr and loves to be brushed. She’ll even solicit headbutts once she’s been treated to a beautifying brushing session. Adopters who have found themselves on the other side of grief might understand the process with Esther. She’s not broken. Love will transcend anger. All she needs is time.


To make a special appointment to meet her, please contact

The Cat Adoption Center hours:
Saturdays from 10:30am-4:00pm or 1st Wednesday of every month 5:30 - 7:30pm.

144 Main St.
East Hartford, CT 06118

Please allow for up to one week to hear back regarding your application.

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