Dougie is a gentle senior kitten that enjoys nothing more than being cuddled in your arms.
“When he’s not being held, Dougie’s meow can be heard from galaxies far away,” the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland noted after posting Dougie’s photo and tale on Facebook. “When he’s not being held, Dougie’s meow can be heard from galaxies far away.”
Several people expressed interest in Dougie after seeing his Facebook post: “We had visitors all weekend long coming in to see Dougie,” said Jeana Roth, the shelter’s director of community engagement.
“Dougie and his reach were so popular that we even had to send other cats home because of the interest in him and his reach, which was very interesting to watch. He’s quite sociable and will kiss you on the cheek if you ask him to. He just seeks the company of other individuals.”
Dougie was surrendered to the shelter by his previous family in the hopes that he would get better medical treatment as a result of his medical conditions.
The Animal Refuge League was successful in placing Dougie for adoption after he was diagnosed with a digestive ailment.
Dougie enjoyed being carried so much, according to Jeana, that shelter employee Robert Weimer started to transport the cat in his child’s baby carrier.
A picture of Dougie in the carrier was uploaded on the shelter’s Facebook page, where it was seen by several prospective adoptive families. Ashley Perkins, 31, of Springvale, Maine, was the fortunate one who was able to bring Dougie back to his family.
The girl and her mother had been browsing at the internet earlier in the day when she exclaimed, “Oh, my god, he’s a tiny elderly guy who needs a home.”
As soon as Ashley scooped him up, he nestled up next to her, purred, and kissed her on the cheek. She realized at that point that he would be accompanying her home.
“I returned the next day to pick him up and the rest, as they say, is history! Now it’s simply a matter of keeping track of his medications and food, and giving him plenty of cuddles! Another cat in the house, Jax, has immediately taken to him and they are becoming fast friends! He’s doing a fantastic job adapting!”
Dougie is infusing his new home with a plethora of affection, meows, and purrs. Ashely considers herself fortunate to have him in her life.
“When I was attempting to go asleep last night, he started licking the bridge of my nose – it was so wonderful. He’s a very remarkable young man!”