An elderly woman, sensing that death was close and that her time with her 5-year-old cat, Susie, was nearing an end, sat down to write a letter to her pet’s future adopter.
Her note, which now has touched the hearts of thousands, said in part:
“Dear friend, thank you for adopting my friend, Susie…. I enjoy her company. She is a good snuggler, but she likes to be the boss. She enjoys being petted. She spends much of her time on my bed, but always seems to know where I am. I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have.”
When the woman died earlier this year, Susie was taken to Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center, where she would be cared for until she could find a new home. The letter went with her.
Days turned into months. Wanting to honor the wishes of the woman who had loved Susie unconditionally, shelter workers posted the letter online.
“We realized Susie was wasn’t going anywhere. Some cats are really great at selling themselves and Susie wasn’t selling herself,” Katherine Zenzano, a shelter spokeswoman, told ABC News at the time. “If this letter can in any way help Susie … we are happy to get it out there because we think it can touch a lot of people.”
That it did. As the letter of love spread across social media, Susie’s future began looking brighter. Within days, the orange tabby said goodbye to shelter life and hello to her new mom.
The shelter staff shared Susie’s good fortune on Facebook, saying, “Congratulations, sweet girl. We know somebody who is happy for you.”
“Every animal that comes here has a story, and we are left to guess so much,” Zenzano said. “We piece together a lot of the story for them, but with Susie we [had] a lot to go on.”