ASPCA Happy Tails: Grand Dame Goes Home
Elder kitty Jillian arrived at the ASPCA in May 2006, and despite a fun-loving nature and sweet face, remained without an official home for more than three years. During that time, she won the hearts of many ASPCA team members, who adopted her as an office foster cat, but still she longed for a home to call her home.
Sassy and quirky, Jillian was especially popular for her love of laps, where she would lounge and doze for hours. The Tabby cat’s forever lap finally arrived in October 2009, when Bobbi Manian spotted Jillian’s heart-shaped mug on the ASPCA website. “I found her on the site in the Cool Cats section,” Bobbi remembers. Utterly determined and smitten, she says, “I walked into the Adoption Center and said ‘I’m here for Jillian.’”
Bobbi wasn’t deterred, even in the face of Jillian’s FIV-positive status. Though FIV weakens the feline immune system, affected cats can live happy, healthy lives with proper treatment. Bobbi was the perfect person to ensure that Jillian received the compassionate care she deserves.
Now Bobbi and Jillian are celebrating more than seven months together, and both mom and cat are thriving. “Jillian is a wonderful cat,” Bobbi reports. “Her health is good, and she’s still very active and playful.” Check out this charming video of Jillian—who recently lost a few extra pounds—showing off her new svelte physique and, according to pet mom Bobbi, “bidding goodbye to an old couch.”
Read more stories of true furry love in our Happy Tails Archive.