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A healthy senior cat was recently brought in to be euthanized for peeing outside of the litter box, but luckily, the shelter stepped in and saved Lulu.

Lulu is finally safe again after she was brought to the shelter to be euthanized for an all too common problem; peeing outside of the litter box. The Dutchess County SPCA said that the blue-point Himalayan cat came to the no-kill shelter in New York looking for a forever home. However, before she was there, her former humans brought Lulu to a veterinarian to be put down.

“We received a call from a local veterinarian about a cat whose owners requested euthanasia because she was not using her litter box. When the animal was deemed healthy, the vet persuaded the owner to sign ownership of Lulu over to them, and then they asked us to take Lulu, which we immediately did,” Lynne Meloccaro, the executive director of Dutchess County SPCA, told People.

The Dutchess County SPCA gained custody of Lulu and quickly figured out the source of the litter box issues, which was that she has urinary crystals.

“If your pet is not behaving or their behavior has changed, the first step is to get them to a vet to see if something is medically wrong. Even if it is not a medical condition, there are numerous resources — many available at Dutchess County SPCA — to help resolve the issue and avoid both euthanasia and surrender to a shelter. Medical assistance, expert guidance, and management plans, and training referrals are all available for you,” Meloccaro says.

Lulu is peeing in the litter box again and feeling happy and healthy. She is now looking for her forever home in a quiet, stress-free home that ideally as one with older or no children.

“Lulu is sweet, stubborn, loving, and imperious all at the same time. She loves to be petted until she doesn’t. She loves catnip. She meows loudly and bats you with her paw if you don’t do what she wants. She sits in your lap and buries her head in your arms, knowing full well that a languorous look from her beautiful blue eyes will melt you into doing what she wants. In Lulu’s world, you are her emotional Support pet,’ Meloccaro told People.

For those that are interested in adopting Lulu, check out the Dutchess County SPCA’s website, where you can apply. We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to only adopt instead of shopping. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

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