Happy Tails: Roscoe’s Happy Ending


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Once crowded with 25 animals, this cat is now bonded to one special human after Laurie S. of Arlington, Ohio lost the second of her two Maine Coon cats—an orange-and-white, long-haired beauty named Norman—she visited the Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter (CHA) in Columbus in the hopes of finding a new feline friend.

During her visit to the shelter, a cat named Roscoe brushed up against her. He walked away briefly, then rolled on his back, stuck his paws in the air and begged her to scratch his stomach. “I said, ‘that’s it!’” Laurie remembers, and she took Roscoe—now Roc—home.

Roc was originally rescued by the ASPCA at the request of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office with 25 other cats and one dog from an overcrowded mobile home in Marshallville, Ohio.  The animals were surrendered by their owner before being transported to several shelters—including CHA, for adoption.

Laurie explains that while Roc was “a bit scrappy,” after his adoption, he was skittish only when she stood up to walk. Otherwise, he was very loving. Then in September, Laurie fell down her stairs and broke her neck. After being hospitalized for a month, she returned home, with Roc aiding in her recovery.

 “He would get into bed with me at night,” Laurie says. “And he motivated me to get out of bed because there was someone besides me who needed care. I had to move around, but when he got into bed with me that was so nice. We’re pretty close now.”

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Their bond took shape in other ways, too. “When I come home from work, I pretend like I can’t find him and he comes up from behind me, squeaking,” Laurie explains.  “He squeaks instead of meows.”

The squeaking is part of a communications routine the two have adopted. “Roc will squeak, then rub my leg which means he wants to eat. He leads me into the kitchen, stopping first near the bathroom door to make sure I’m still behind him and headed toward his bowl.”

For Roc and Laurie, though, their unbreakable bond means there probably won’t be a second cat in the near future.

“I think Roc likes the one-on-one,” Laurie says. “We’re a great team.”

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