Elderly cats England are enjoying a second chance at life at a “retirement village” at Shropshire Cat Rescue in Shrewsbury, England.

Shropshire Cat Rescue founder Marion Micklewright started the retirement center for senior cats after seeing how many older cats missed out on the love and affection they deserve. Sadly, older cats often languish in shelters because they are often passed over for younger cats and kittens.

“Most cats that come to our village would otherwise have been put to sleep,” Marion Micklewright told Readly.

The retirement center at the rescue provides a safe and loving place for senior cats, like 21-year-old Catherine, to live out their golden years. Fifteen years since being built, it’s expanded to include several retirement cottages, a mansion, and a unique home for Johnny — a young deaf and blind cat.

While much younger than the other retirees at the rescue, Johnny’s special needs meant he needed a special home. The rescue raised money to create an enclosed outdoor “castle” for the sweet boy. Johnny also goes on daily walks in his harness with staff at the cat retirement village, according to one of the volunteers.

Up to four cats can live in each of the village’s six little huts. The “Moggie Mansion” is like a communal catio and play space — where the cats play, groom, and relax with each other. Cats who prefer solitude also have spaces they may go where guests are not allowed. The cats at the center decide how they want to spend their time and who they spend it with.

The cats are monitored by a veterinarian weekly, as many elderly cats take medication or need special care. The cats also receive plenty of cuddles from staff.

Elderly cats deserve the same love and attention as any other companion animal. If you are considering adopting a furry family member, don’t discount older or special needs cats life with an older cat has its own rewards and joy.

Lady Freethinker applauds the staff and volunteers at the Shropshire Cat Rescue who have dedicated their lives to creating a compassionate space for senior cats to live out the rest of their lives in peace with the care they deserve.