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Posted on Aug 06,2019
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By Barbara S. Moffet, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - What kind of future does a 14-year-old cat who has been returned to the shelter by his adopters have? Just ask a soft-gray, short-haired cat named Jack. He’s now captain of a 34-foot catamaran sailboat docked in the Washington area, living there with his adopter, Abbey D. (name withheld to protect privacy), and her son, Greg, 15.

Abbey had decided a senior cat would be just the right addition to her floating family, and it didn’t take long for her to spot Jack at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) back in June. Jack, who had been returned to the shelter because he was not properly using his litter box, had few teeth and no front claws. “It was an instant love affair,” Abbey says. She adopted him that day.

Jack, whom she has rechristened Capt. Jack Sparrow after the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film character, quickly took to the nautical lifestyle. “He is in heaven,” Abbey says. “Living on a sailboat is like living in a giant cat playhouse — with all of the portholes and spaces to hide in and explore. Even though he’s a senior cat, he is able to let his inner kitten out.” And he seems to be faring better overall: medicine and a special diet have solved his litter-box issues.

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