Keith the cat forgotten by adopters at the CNHS

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – So far, 56 pets have been adopted from participating Local4 News shelters during NBC’s Clear the Shelters campaign. It’s part of a national pet adoption campaign to help find loving homes for animals in need.

The Central Nebraska Humane Society is joining the movement and working to get one of its oldest felines adopted.

The average length of stay for a cat at the CNHS is about a month, but Keith stayed there more than twice as long.

Keith is a 5 year old black short haired cat. He started his stay at the shelter towards the end of May, when he was abandoned by his owner, and he adapted a little badly.

Partly due to stress, the furball was placed in an isolated enclosure. Keith also suffered fur loss, believed to be caused by allergies.

Miquelle Levander of CNHS told Local4 News that adult cats are often overlooked by pet adopters.

“Most people choose to adopt kittens over older cats, which is great,” Levander said. “It kind of puts our older cats on the backburner, so cats like Keith sit around a bit longer, while the younger ones come out the door.”

Keith is looking for a home with a relaxed environment where he will get lots of attention. He is chipped, neutered and up to date with his vaccinations.

Levander said black cats, like Keith, unfortunately tend to stay longer in animal shelters.

“I don’t know why,” she noted. “I don’t know if it’s just superstition among people or because they just look bland, each to their own taste. But, yes, I tend to see really neglected black cats in a shelter.

Keith’s adoption fee is $75. Anyone interested in giving Keith a new home can visit the CNHS Monday through Friday during its adoption hours.

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