Happy Tails | Savannah

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. Savannah was surrendered to the VBSPCA in February 2023 due to her previous family’s financial challenges. Like many animals, the six year old tabby had a hard time adjusting to life in the shelter. With patience and time, Savannah got to know the cattery team and began to show her sweet side. A few months later, a woman named Jane visited the shelter to meet Savannah after seeing her photo online. We recently caught up with Jane to get Savannah’s full adoption story.

When did you adopt Savannah?

May 4, 2023

How did you find Savannah?

Unfortunately, my darling cat, Butterfly, whom I’d also adopted from the Virginia Beach SPCA, died this year. I was devastated and missed her so badly. I began to browse through the available cats on the VBSPCA website, and I finally visited the shelter. Savannah caught my eye because I’m partial to long-haired cats, and her story was a very touching one. Her previous owner had been forced to surrender her when he became homeless, and I could sense that she was grieving and missed him and her previous home very badly. I could empathize because I was also grieving, and so she and I began to bond.

How is Savannah doing in the home?

She was a little reclusive for the first few days, but she eventually began to come out and spend more time in the room with me. Now, I think that she’s settled in and has assumed the responsibility of running the household.

What sort of activities do you do together?

For a mature cat, she’s very playful, so we spend some time playing with the dangling toys or tossing a small stuffed animal around. We also sit on the couch together and watch movies, and she cuddles with me in bed every morning.

Does Savannah have any funny quirks?

She sometimes reminds me of a dog because Savannah will lie down and roll over when she wants attention. For reasons that I don’t understand, she also likes to hunker down on her scratching post. It seems as if this would be very uncomfortable because the scratching post isn’t large enough for her to lie comfortably on and is, of course, very scratchy. She also has a way of pushing her head into my hand when she wants to be petted.

How has Savannah enriched your life so far?

She greets me every afternoon when I come home from work, and she’s on my bed each morning when I wake up. I think this is her way of letting me know that she’s settled into her new home and is content living with me.