Hattie, left, and Walter spend their days together atop counters or in the cat room at Palmetto Animal League’s Adoption Center.

If you’re a hopeless romantic, Walter and Hattie’s love story will no doubt warm your heart and make your Valentine’s Day all the more meaningful. 

“These two cats came from rough and neglected pasts,” said Sally Dawkins, PAL adoption coordinator. “Once they found their way to PAL, they found peace and safety with one another.” 

One-year-old Hattie came to Palmetto Animal League in April 2022, frightened and undernourished, but thankful to finally be out of harm’s way. 

“Hattie had a rocky start to life, fending for herself outdoors,” said Dawkins. “She spent most of her time at PAL watching us from a lofty seat in Cat Room 1.” 

Five months later, 2-year-old Walter came to us with horrific, life-threatening wounds to his neck and head. To make matters worse, he was so wild our clinic staff was concerned about how they were going to handle him. 

“It wasn’t long before Walter learned he didn’t need to be afraid of us,” said PAL Veterinarian Dr. Kirsten Cianci. “In fact, he seemed to enjoy attention and became quite the purr-er.”  

After multiple surgeries and weeks of recovery, Walter was eager to have cat friends again, so we moved him into Hattie’s room. She had been slowly warming up to us, and once Walter moved in, Hattie made her move.

“When you walk into Cat Room 1, Walter is always the first to greet you,” Dawkins said. “He’s shortly followed by Hattie, so she can make sure you’re not trying to steal her man.”

Now, these two lovebirds are ready for a home. They don’t HAVE to go home together, but it would make the perfect next chapter in their love story.  

“It sure would be great if Walter and Hattie could be adopted into the same home,” said Cianci. “They really are so cute together. I really think Hattie would be lost without him.”

If you’d like to meet Walter and Hattie, call PAL at 843-645-1725 or visit our adoption center located at 56 Riverwalk Blvd in Okatie Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Can’t adopt? You can still help rescue animals like Walter and Hattie. Share the love with homeless pets by sending a valentine to the animal lovers in your life. Visit PalmettoAnimalLeague.org and click on “Create a Valentine.” Make a heartfelt donation and then send an eCard or print a card at home. Your donation will give abandoned, abused, and neglected pets a second chance at life.  

Amy Campanini is president of Palmetto Animal League.