As it turns out, my cousin's best friend had two elderly cats that had recently passed away. She was devastated about her loss and didn't want to take in a new cat, so we asked her to take the cat for a few days until we found him a new home. Two days later, she had already fallen in love with him and decided she would keep him and name him Fritz. Fritz was lucky enough to live out the last 6 years of his life with someone that truly loved him and he waited until she got home from work and died of old age in her arms not long ago.
Unfortunately, many cats in the college town I lived in aren't able to find forever homes. Every year, when school ends, college students return to their original homes and leave their pets without a second thought. At the beginning of each summer, stray cats show up all over town and many of them are ran over or taken to the overcrowded shelter where they are often euthanised. This is a sad reality that I can't wrap my head around, but I am happy that I was able to find forever homes for two of the town's abandoned cats. If you find a stray cat, think if anyone you know would be willing to give the cat a temporary or forever home. I believe that cats find us for a reason, and the some of the best cats choose their forever homes by simply walking up to a door in hopes of some food and love.