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Calling All Pets: Stirling battles depression while hoping for a new forever home – Sponsored by Tito’s

Stirling has been battling depression since he was relinquished to a shelter. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Stirling has been battling depression since he was relinquished to a shelter. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

WILMINGTON — Surrendered by an owner that could no longer care for him, Stirling has been suffering from depression since being relinquished to the New Hanover Humane Society (NHHS).

An adult cat with a calm disposition, he has spent most of his time at the shelter with his head buried between his paws and under a blanket. A particular favorite of Ellie Hayes, an 8-year-old volunteer at NHHS, Stirling has yet to attract the attention of the right prospective adopter.

Eight-year-old shelter volunteer Ellie Hayes cuddles Stirling, a recently relinquished cat. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Eight-year-old shelter volunteer Ellie Hayes cuddles Stirling, a recently relinquished cat. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

“He was brought in a couple days ago, he’s a very sweet cat,” according to Hayes, who donates her free time to helping shelter guests find their next best friend.

“He was adopted and brought back the next day, because he scratched a carpet,” Haes added, lifting Stirling out of his cage.

“I think it’s really sad, he shouldn’t have been brought back,” Hayes continued. “It takes a while for them to like the house. When he left I was really excited but when he came back I was sad.”

As Stirling’s unofficial ambassador, Hayes is confident that Stirling will find his forever home.

“He really deserves a family because he is very sweet and he’s a couch potato,” she said.

In a determined effort to facilitate a second chance for her favorite kitty, Hayes has even created an online profile for Stirling. “I’m making a social media account and he already has had 27 views,” she said as she smiled, holding her furry friend.

Unfortunately, the transition to shelter life has been hard on Stirling. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Unfortunately, the transition to shelter life has been hard on Stirling. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

Stirling is available to meet prospective adopters at the New Hanover Humane Society, located at 2405 N. 23rd St. in Wilmington. The shelter may also be reached at 910-763-6692 or by email, at nhhumanesoc@aol.com.


Samira Davis is a contributing writer at Port City Daily.

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