After Monique’s tragic party for one went viral, staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are optimistic about her position.
For the long-haired tabby, a bad situation has turned into a blessing in disguise.
Monique’s second birthday was on Valentine’s Day, and the workers at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home decided to throw her a party to celebrate both her birthday and the fact that she’d been at the shelter for more than 100 days waiting to be adopted. The employees at Battersea hoped that the event would attract some publicity and, potentially, a home.
However, no one showed up.
Don’t worry — despite the dearth of visitors from outside the shelter, Monique appears to have had a good time.
Even better, the heartbreaking image of Monique having a one-person party went viral, piquing people’s interest in the kind and friendly feline.
Monique has been in the shelter for a long time, according to Battersea, because she tested positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a slow-acting virus that is similar to HIV in humans but cannot be passed to humans.
Although most cats with FIV have “long, happy, and healthy lives,” Monique will need to be the only pet in her home, and any outdoor access will need to be cat-proofed so that she does not spread the virus to other cats, according to Monique’s online bio.
Meanwhile, the birthday girl who is celebrating alone is doing OK.
“Though she would prefer to have her own house, Monique is pleased for the time being to spend quality time with our employees and volunteers while keeping an eye on everything from her perch until the proper home can be found,” Cummins added.