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Calling All Pets: Marley and Me(ow)

A new weekly series takes a closer look at the animals of the Cape Fear, from adoptable pets in need to special animals.

Video: Marley is an older cat, but he’s still plenty lively, and has plenty of years left in him.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Siblings who had been together since birth, best friends Marley and Harley arrived at New Hanover Humane Society (NHHS) after their owners could no longer care for them. Although Harley was adopted in short order, Marley has yet to find a human or two to call his own.

Initially timid and somewhat skittish, Marley has since worked diligently to expand his socialization skills.

Surrendered to the shelter after his owners could no longer care for him, Marley offers an enthusiastic greeting to visitors. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Surrendered to the shelter after his owners could no longer care for him, Marley offers an enthusiastic greeting to visitors. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

“To come into a shelter is a shock for them,”  NHHS animal care specialist Lisa Wolak explained, emphasizing that Marley had only ever known one home prior to his being relinquished.

With an affectionate nature, Marley conspires to cuddle and snuggle with people at every chance that he gets. Possessed of an unending supply of purrs, Marley is happy to offer them to any passerby in exchange for a leg rub.

“He’s the unofficial greeter, definitely a curious cat,” Wolak said. “His personality is outgoing, friendly. He’s still got a lot of years left in him.”

Eleven years and one month old, Marley is a fan of catnip filled mice and stuffed socks. He is friendly towards other kitties and can often be found sunning himself in the window seat. Marley is particularly fond of pillows, blankets, and stuffed cat beds.

Shelter visitor Tonya Caudle takes a moment to play with Marley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Shelter visitor Tonya Caudle takes a moment to play with Marley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

For an adoption fee of $80, Marley will be up to date on his shots, fixed and flea free.

Although he is looking for a dog, shelter visitor James Caudle decided to visit with Marley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Although he is looking for a dog, shelter visitor James Caudle decided to visit with Marley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

He is available to interview his prospective new humans at the New Hanover Humane Society. NHHS can be reached at 910-763-6692.


Samira Davis is a contributing writer for Port City Daily, with a focus on animal issues.

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