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'Terrified, confused and withdrawn' cat returned to Humane Society of Richland County

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 17:48:34-05

MANSFIELD, Ohio — The life of a pet isn’t always easy, especially for one who has spent time at a shelter.

That’s just the case for Smokey, a “gorgeous, sweet and huge” 18-pound male cat, who was just returned to the shelter.

“This guy was returned to us over the weekend and he is absolutely terrified, confused, and withdrawn. He won't eat and he spends most of the day hiding his face in his bed,” the humane society said. “This is the reality of many shelter animals.”

While there are many reasons why an animal could be given or returned to a shelter, those numbers have increased in 2020.

“Our Shelter has had a very large influx of animals being returned to us this year. Reasons vary from joblessness to divorce, illness, death or changes in family situations,” the humane society said.

Right now, the humane society is waiting for the purrfect family to come in and meet Smokey and give him the loving home he deserves.

Smokey will be available for adoption on Nov. 16. You can find more out about Smokey and other animals available for adoption, here.

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