updated 02/13/2014 AT 9:25 PM ET
•originally published 02/14/2014 AT 7:30 PM ET
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, meet Valentine, a cat so full of love despite his heath woes.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is hoping this cat will find himself lucky in love this Valentine’s Day. He was returned from his first adoptive family a few months ago when they discovered he had a heart murmur, a sign that something more serious was afoot.
The 8-month-old feline was later diagnosed with a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. There is an obstruction in his heart limiting the amount of blood that travels to his aorta, the main artery that services the body and organs. Because of this, his heart has to work extra hard and it will thicken over time. Without treatment, Valentine likely wouldn’t have celebrated his first birthday but a veterinarian has prescribed him medication (which he takes twice daily) that will hopefully expand his lifespan by 3 or 4 years.
“He’s a happy loving cat,” Dr. Stephanie Oba said in a statement. “We want those years to be the best years he can live.”
Despite his condition, Valentine – who is available for adoption today – is super affectionate and has become a favorite around the adoption center. If his precious face makes your heart skip a beat, call (858) 756-4117 Ext. 1 for information on how to adopt him.
Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Bear.
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.