Attention fancy cat lovers of Florida! 7 Persian kitties are up for adoption at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. I know what you’re thinking… you want one, but you’re hesitant because purebred pussy’s pricey. The vet bills, the grooming, and the costly breed-specific food. I get it; I owned a Persian. She was an XXPEN$IVE princess! But these cats are unique because they come with a built-in fortune. WFLA reports that their late owner, Nancy Sauer, left them a $300,000 inheritance when she passed away last November. That’s almost $43,000 per puss! Sigh. Yet another reason to be jealous of cats.
84-year-old Nancy Sauer was the definition of a cat lady. Luckily, she lived in a $2.5 million mansion in South Tampa, so her animal hoarding was ~*chic*~ (see: Lisa Vanderpump). All seven babies have been hanging out in Nancy’s empty home for the last six months. After a probate judge decided there was no way for a brood of meowers to live, Nancy’s representative turned them over to the Humane Society. The shelter now has about $300,000 set aside to cover the cats’ cost to care for the rest of their lives. CEO Sherry Silk says the Humane Society has already received 100 adoption applications, but they’re looking for owners with Persian experience:
“If you adopt, she left money to fund all the vet care, all the grooming, all the food, whatever these cats need,” Silk said. “We’re going to take care of them because of Nancy’s request, which is great.”
Sherry adds that she hopes all the attention the Persians are getting will help the many other cats at the shelter find new forever homes. Here’s a news report featuring footage of Napoleon, Snowball (oo, Nancy was an Animal Farm fan), Cleopatra, Goldfinger, Midnight, Leo, and Squeaky (Fromme?!):
If you’re a scam artist hatching a plan to grab the cash and ditch the puss, think again. The only way you can access Nancy’s money is by bringing your receipts into the Human Society and getting reimbursed. Now, just how strict will Sherry Silk be when she’s checking these receipts? “Errr, I know that one is for our new $5000 couch, but, um, Squeaky conveyed to me that she prefers to nap on vintage leather. So it’s technically a lifestyle expense…”