Niagara Gazette — It's hard to say goodbye to any of them, but every once in a while, you lose a soulmate, she said. For deAvila, that was Oliver, who was with her nearly five years.
"He met me at the door every single time I came home. If I was crying, he would reach up with his paw and touch my tears. He always slept on my shoulder. He had respiratory issues and would snore and snort all the time. For a long time, I couldn't sleep because it was so quiet without him," deAvila said.
She does it because it is the right thing to do, she explained. A kitten will likely get adopted, but the older cats will be put down.
Fusaro agreed, even though the time will come soon when Sunny will break her heart. "I want her time here to be as happy as it can be. I didn't want to open my heart for that kind of pain but how much sadder and more horrible for me would it be to leave her at the shelter. It will be terrible to lose her but much worse to leave her to die alone."