Dying Woman Writes a Heartfelt Letter to Her Cat’s Future Adopter


“Susie” via Montgomery County Animal Services

When Susie’s human companion knew she was nearing the end of her life, she wrote a beautiful letter to the would-be adopter of her special cat.

The note begins, “Dear Friend. Thank you for adopting my friend, Susie.” It continues over two handwritten pages, detailing how Susie came into her life, how special she is, and the friendship they shared.

The letter explains how Susie never liked the family dog and that she was even slow to warm up to her human mom:

Susie is afraid of everyone and everything. It took her six to eight months to realize I am her friend … Susie is unusual but I enjoy her company…I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have.

The man who brought Susie to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in Derwood, Maryland, last May, told shelter staff that his mother had recently died and he couldn’t keep Susie due to pet restrictions at his rental. He dropped off the cat along with the letter from his mother.

The shelter will give the letter to the person who adopts Susie, and they’re hoping that person will show up soon. Shelter staff told The Huffington Post, “She tried to escape from her cage; she hid. Susie doesn’t have a lot of confidence to begin with, and now it’s at “an all-time low.”

As of today, Susie is still available for adoption. The shelter says, “She’s a sensitive girl and she lost the most important person to her. She needs another gentle soul to rescue her.”

Here’s Susie’s adoption listing, and here’s the entire handwritten letter:


via Montgomery County Animal Services


via Montgomery County Animal Services



  1. Lori Johnson

    Aug 3, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Poor sweetie! I hope she finds her forever home soon!

  2. Anne

    Aug 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Susie is no longer in the database. I hope this means she has been adopted. <3

  3. D C W

    Sep 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    We adopted a wee lass like this in 2012 from a family who said she was afraid of her shadow and never went out or showed any affection. Four years on she is our cat who loves to be outside. A tree climber and a vermin catcher. She also sunuggles us every night for hours on the bed but is NOT a lap cat. She loves to be dried when she comes in from the rain and having been utterly silent for 2 years now speaks to us if she wants something. She adores our 3 dogs and our doggie visitors but still argues with her older (also adopted) brother. Please don’t give up on this little one. YOUY might be the right people as we seem to be.

  4. P. Proctor

    Sep 30, 2016 at 4:03 am

    I received a call a couple of years ago about a Russian Blue whose owner had to be placed in a nursing home and this lovely girl had been placed in a high kill shelter. The email came from a lady who was dilligent in trying to find homes as quickly as possible for these animals. I emailed her back with “when is her time up”. The answer was “tomorrow morning”
    I said, meet me on I-85 north of Charlotte and I will gladly take her. She is now a healhy 19 year old whom we love dearly. I am a permanent Sanctuary who pulls all funding from my own pocket, food. Litter, vetting, anything they need…for 79 babies. They eat before I do and they all give me blessings every day!! I say I’m past full, but when urgency arises, I step up to the plate. Wish I had the ability to apply for funding, but my county doesnt help, period. Could certainly use financial assistance, however, as I stated, they are my priority!

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