Adopt Me! Abandoned on Christmas Eve, George Seeks Wonderful New Life

12/27/2013 at 12:30 PM EST

Adopt a Cat: George in Rancho Santa Fe
George Bailey the cat
Courtesy of Helen Woodward Animal Center
Home. Some pets never have one to call their own. We'd like to help change that by introducing you to an extraordinary adoptable pet every week. Today, we bring you George Bailey, a cat abandoned at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Sante Fe, Calif., on Christmas Eve.

George's former owner didn't leave much explanation for why he had to let the black-haired feline go, just a heartbreaking note left alongside the cat.

"I cannot take care of him anymore," the anonymous letter read. "He is a great indoor/outdoor cat that loves people ... I didn't know what to do with him and I know you are a no-kill shelter. I'm sorry."

Renamed George Bailey in honor of the character from film It's a Wonderful Life, the shelter is trying to find the 7-year-old a new forever home, but the animal, sadly, seems aware of his unfortunate situation.

"It is always emotional for us when we see an adult family pet that is given up without any real explanation," animal services manager Ed Farrelly said in a statement. "You can see the sorrow and confusion on George's face."

The center's veterinarian is giving the cat a full work-up to ensure he's ready to be adopted, including a full dental exam and a standard two-week vaccination wait period. But though he's fallen on hard times, the staff says George has tons of love to give. He's ready to provide any willing owner a "wonderful life."

If George sounds like the companion for you, contact the Helen Woodward Animal Center's adoptions department at (858)756-4117, Ext. 1.

Click here to meet last week's adoptable pet, Colby.

Adopting a pet is an amazing experience – and a big decision! Before bringing a pet into your home it's important to consider your family circumstances and do your research on breeds.

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