Longtime shelter resident Tomcat charms every human he meets.

Tomcat, a hunk of a cat with rugged good looks, showed up outside the Palmetto Animal League Adoption Center more than five years ago. He was a bit antisocial, but happy to take advantage of our feeding station.

Tomcat quickly realized our staff members take lunch breaks outside, which meant he could finagle far tastier fare than just cat food! Over time, and after many a shared meal, we were able to pet Tom, and eventually he became a familiar fixture near the feeding station. 

“Last year, we noticed Tom was losing weight rapidly, so our veterinarian performed tests and found that his teeth were making it too painful to eat,” said PAL Adoption Coordinator Sally Dawkins. 

After a trip to a dental specialist, we brought Tom inside to rest while his mouth healed. Day after day, he seemed to enjoy his cushy new life, lounging around, and having humans serve him all kinds of tasty meals. 

Now, with his mouth long healed, 10-year-old Tom shows zero interest in going outside. 

“His full-time job is hanging out in the kitchen where he asks everyone for food,” Dawkins said, smiling. “Volunteers are even known to bring him cooked bacon.” 

Because of PAL’s kindhearted supporters, Tom received the veterinary care he needed to live comfortably and happily in his golden years. With a tummy full of food and a heart full of love, he wishes for nothing more than a home to call his own.   

“Tom has been a long-time lap cat ever since he was outside sharing lunch breaks with our staff,” said Dawkins. “He would make a great companion for someone who, like him, appreciates snacks and snuggles.”  

You can change the life of a homeless pet this holiday season during Palmetto Animal League’s “Season of Second Chances.” We are waiving adoption fees for cats, kittens, and adult dogs throughout December. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccinations. 

Can’t adopt? You can still share holiday cheer with pets in need. Drop by the PAL Adoption Center at 56 Riverwalk Blvd in Okatie from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 for our Holiday Open House. Enjoy cookies, cocoa, and lots of good cheer as you spend time with homeless yet hopeful pets like Tomcat. 

Please consider bringing a donation for our pet pantry, including cat and dog food, toys, treats, pet beds, and cozy blankets, and we’ll make sure your gifts get to those animals who need them most.   

Amy Campanini is president of Palmetto Animal League.