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Happy Tails | Bruce

Every single animal that comes through our shelter has a story. Some are complex, many are sad, but all of them get better the minute they arrive at the Virginia Beach SPCA. Bruce was surrendered to the VBSPCA by his previous owner in October 2021. With his sweet personality and long locks, it didn’t take long for him to get his second chance with a woman named Melissa, her husband, and their three resident cats. We recently caught up with Melissa to get an update on Bruce.

When did you adopt Bruce? 

November 9, 2021

How did you find Bruce? 

My husband and I went to the SPCA to look around, and Bruce caught my attention right away. He was rubbing against the cage and just didn’t want me to leave. We looked around a little more but I kept going back to him. He was so sweet and friendly, and so fluffy! 

How is Bruce doing in the home?

He’s adapted really well. He was shy around the other cats for a while, and didn’t like to venture around the house too much. But now he hangs out all over and loves being around his adopted siblings. 

What sort of activities do you and Bruce do together? 

Bruce is a very chill and relaxed cat. He doesn’t play very often with his people. But he LOVES attention. His favorite hobby is sitting on my lap, following me around the house or joining me on zoom meetings – he’s definitely not camera shy. 

Does Bruce have any funny quirks?

When Bruce wants attention and he feels he’s not getting what he wants, he will tap us on the face, or grab our face or arm in his paws to let you know he’s there and ready for pats. He also has the tiniest kitten meow but the loudest purrs. 

How has Bruce enriched your lives so far? 

He is one of the sweetest and friendliest cats I’ve ever been around. He helps me to relax by being so calm all the time. I love his warm cuddles. He’s very attached to me and I work from home, so I see him all the time. 

Why do you think people should consider adopting a shelter pet? 

All four of my current cats were shelter pets, and while I know everybody at the shelter does the best they can for animals, it’s no place for any animal to be long term. They deserve to be in a loving home with a family they can love back. Pets bring so much joy to our lives, and we should be bringing joy to their lives too.