Jerry, the 4-year-old black and white cat, came to a rescue in Fort Lauderdale when the woman caring for him decided he was (what she considered) annoyingly affectionate, rubbing against her. We can’t believe people do this, but it’s not the first time we’ve seen cats surrendered to shelters for being “too affectionate.” But, let it never be said again that cats can’t be every bit as affectionate as dogs.
“Too affectionate 💔 That’s the reason 4-year-old Jerry was given-up. Jerry is a sweet cat that loves to be pet and rub up against you. His former owner said it annoyed her too much. Jerry loved her, but she didn’t love him back, so she turned him in to our shelter. Now he’s heartbroken and confused. He’s hoping that someone will love him for who he is – a lovebug! We are told he is good with other laid-back pets,” shared the Humane Society of Broward County.
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Jerry Surrendered for Being Too Affectionate
When people saw the post about sweet Jerry, it went viral. So many were outraged that someone would dump a cat for being, of all things, too loving. But wonderfully, the shelter was immediately overwhelmed with people who wanted to adopt the sweet kitty.
Then, Inside Edition picked up the post. Nobody could believe the reasoning behind letting Jerry go, but as it turned out, there was a very happy ending. First, a representative from the Humane Society confirms in the video that Jerry was, indeed, surrendered for his lovebug ways (see the video below).
“We have animals come to the shelter for all types of reasons but “too affectionate” really isn’t one that I think we’ve ever heard,” said Cherie Wachter from Broward Humane.
Celebrities Shared Jerry’s Story
It’s not every day that one shelter cat draws multiple celebrity’s attention. But Jerry did, which helped draw even more attention to the snuggly feline and the shelter. Singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, who follows the Humane Society’s posts, shared the story about Jerry. Then, one of our favorite animal rescuers, Beth Stern, shared the story. Next, actress Kat Dennings from 2 Broke Girls shared the story!
Adopted By the First Family He Met
With people lining up to adopt Jerry, his lonely days were over. The next morning, the first family who met him fell in love and decided to bring him home.
“Sweet Jerry has found a loving forever home where he can be as affectionate as he wants! Thanks to all of the shares on social media, Jerry’s video was seen by just the right person , and she ran to the shelter first thing this morning to adopt him! ❤️” the Humane Society shared.
The Family Paid it Forward
As Cherie Wachter relates, a kind person sponsored Jerry’s adoption fees. Then, Jerry’s new family paid it forward, sponsoring adoption fees for three 2-year-old cats, Porthos, Aramis, and Athos, who remained in the shelter. They were called “The Three Papitos.”
By sponsoring the cats, who were snuggly bonded brothers, they were more likely to stay together in a new home. They may still be looking for a home at the time of this writing.
Even better, Jerry’s story brought attention to the Humane Society of Broward County, leading to more adoptions. Wachter told Inside Edition that they sent 17 other cats to their furever homes the day after Jerry’s adoption!
“That cats are just flying outta here!” she said. “It’s a great problem, a lot of them are finding homes.”
“There are animals everywhere that needs homes, and if Jerry’s story is going to enlighten people and cause them to realize that there’s pets waiting for homes in their local shelter, at a rescue group, more power to Jerry,” she continued. “There’s lots of Jerry’s all over the country waiting for a chance.”
Adopt Your Own Jerry and Maybe a Friend Too
If you are considering adopting a lovebug, there are many of them waiting right now near you. It’s generally a nice problem to have if your pet is a snuggle monster. But, if you are concerned about “too much affection,” adopting a bonded duo can help. That way, they have a furry friend to cuddle with at all times. Purrhaps, if Jerry’s previous human had adopted a friend for Jerry they may not had the urge to surrender him? Regardless, we bet they could be missing his affection right now! Or maybe, they should have adopted a cactus instead of a cat?
You can follow the Humane Society of Broward County on Facebook and Instagram.
Video by Inside Edition: