Senior cats are notoriously hard to adopt.
Most families are looking for a new kitten, or at least a younger cat that will be with them for a long time.
It's rare that a family is looking for a senior cat with not much time left. Add medical issues onto that and you've got the nearly impossible.
For Ottis, he was lucky to have someone come along to bring him home.
Ottis is almost 10 years old who lost his ears due to cysts that his previous owners couldn't afford to treat. It means that Ottis is now deaf, but otherwise a healthy, albeit old, cat.
Enter: Molly Lichtenwalner, a graduate student who was in need of a friend.
"I was having severe anxiety as a result of a car accident... I decided it was time for me to adopt an animal to help with my anxiety, because nothing helped me more than snuggling some furry friends," Molly said. "I told myself that when I was ready for a cat, I would only adopt an adult cat with special needs (the ones that are so much harder to get adopted)."
Molly was scrolling through adoption sites and saw Ottis. She knew immediately he was meant for her. She submitted an application to adopt him and it turns out she was the first person to ever do so.
A day after she adopted him, Molly and Ottis are BFFs.
Ottis even guards Molly as she sleeps!
Despite not being able to hear, Ottis is playful and full of energy. He loves his new home and new friend.
"He is my Emotional Support Animal and always snuggles me at night and when I'm very stressed or having a panic attack," Molly said. "He is some times the only thing that can calm me down at times. He's the best thing I ever did and he definitely rescued me, I didn't rescue him."
Looks like a match made in heaven!