Happy Tails | Zelda

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. Zelda arrived at the shelter last April when her previous owner had to move. Senior cats like Zelda often face extended stays at shelters, but her adoring and vocal nature soon caught the attention of repeat VBSPCA adopters.

Today, Zelda is thriving in the home along with her canine and feline siblings. We recently caught up with Cayley to see how Zelda has added even more love to her home.

How did you know Zelda was the one for you?

We were just looking around the shelter and came across her. She looked right at us, snuggled us, and immediately started purring. We spent like an hour just petting her, and she was just so loving and trusting that I knew she would fit right in.

How is Zelda doing in the home?

Zelda is doing great! She loves grooming and cuddling all our animals and us. Whenever we wake up, she’s laying on us or meowing at us to get up. She loves sunbathing at our window in her bed from the shelter. When we have company she always greets them with some loud meows then gets on their lap and demands pets. She has just bloomed and always wants to play and have zoomies.

What sort of activities do you do together?

Whenever I’m lying down or sitting on the couch she always likes to lie on me and get face rubs and belly rubs. Her favorite toy is the laser pointer, which is what we mostly used to get her active to help her lose some weight. 

Does Zelda have any funny quirks?

Zelda is a very, very vocal cat. She will let you know when she wants attention. It’s mostly when we wake up. Every morning she climbs on the bed – if she’s not already cuddling me – and meows at us until we finally wake up. 

Whenever we stop petting her, she will rub her face on my hand until I start petting her again. Her loud purrs are just irresistible!

How has Zelda enriched your lives so far?

Zelda has helped me in many ways. She calms me, she is the best alarm clock I could ask for, and she lays on my chest and helps me fall asleep. Her connection with our other animals just shows how much love she has to bring into our home. People always want to come over to say hi and give her love.

Her meows light up my world, and my phone has thousands of pictures of her cuddles and funny memories that I cherish everyday.