03/22/2012 at 11:00 AM EDT
Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we'd like you to meet Lovebug, a 7-year-old domestic longhair cat living with breast cancer.
In February, the stray was taken in by the San Francisco SPCA
. After an exam, she received a life-threatening diagnosis: a mammary adenocarcinoma, or kitty breast cancer.
The SPCA acted quickly to remove her tumor, which was 3 cm. in diameter, but it wasn't enough. This extremely affectionate cat won't be able to kick this cancer. She's been given a prognosis of at least two years and possibly four, if she's lucky.
All Lovebug needs now is a caring, happy place to live out the rest of her life. "She's such a love-bug even through everything," says cat volunteer coordinator Amanda Newkirk. "She literally holds your hand. She took my hand and pulled it up to her chest when she was laying on her back. She put both paws around it and pulled it close to her."
Though her cancer is terminal, Lovebug doesn't act like she's sick, and her positive attitude has quickly made her a shelter favorite. "She's the nicest and most loving cat you've ever met," says Newkirk. "All of the shelter is in love with her. To know her is to be an old friend."
Lovebug's dream owner would give her a comfortable, loving place to live out the rest of her life – and wouldn't treat her diagnosis as a death sentence. "She can still have a full life," says Newkirk. "Anybody who's looking to be loved would be perfect for her."
If you want to make Lovebug's golden years sweet ones, contact the shelter at (415)554-3000.
to meet last week's adoptable pet, Honeybee.