Featured Pet: Ripley

After hearing one of his tenants passed away, a property owner went to check on the apartment to discover a very handsome feline friend left behind- Ripley. He was obviously very traumatized by losing his companion and being left alone in the apartment. Being painfully shy and afraid, Ripley would hide away from the property owner, who wasn’t too sure what to do, but finally caught Ripley to take him to the vet where he was surrendered. At about 3 years old, this was likely Ripley’s first trip to the vet for his neuter and vaccines. Given this special cat with special needs, Our Companions welcomed their doors and Ripley came to the Sanctuary in June of 2019.

It was very apparent since his arrival that Ripley needed plenty of patience and love. Not only did he lose his home, but the only person and life he’s probably ever known. Thankfully, our Sanctuary is a safe haven for these type of animals; a place of care and healing for vulnerable dogs and cats. It was clear that Ripley wasn’t the most socialized cat in his prior home. His signs and signals were sometimes misinterpreted. At times he liked pets, but would get overwhelmed and become fearful. Staff decided to shrink his circle of friends so he wasn’t overloaded with too much change. His small group of people gave Ripley lots of patience and respect. Ripley was given the time and space he needed to slowly trust in people to become more comfortable with himself and his surroundings. He truly appreciated having his small group that knew him and loved him for who he was. Given this opportunity to flourish at his own pace, he showed his sweet, adorable side.

One great outlet for Ripley is enrichment activities! Play time was a great way for him to release his energy, as well as a great opportunity to bond and spend time with his friends. He was able to let loose, chase after toys, and enjoy being a cat! Noticing his incredible intelligence, staff began to train Ripley on a number of skills! Ripley knows how to wave hello, “go to his place”, and can even play the cup game finding treats! Given this training and activity time, Ripley truly shined! He loved using his brain and being challenged, but he especially loved working hard for those tasty treats!

Now almost 5 years old, Ripley would love to start the next chapter of his life with someone that can give him the love and trust he needs to thrive! A quiet, adult home would be perfect for Ripley, especially one that would love to continue his training and skills! He would prefer to be the only pet in the home and have the run of the house! This smart stud would love a patient person seeking to love a special sweetie. To learn more about Ripley, please contact our Helpline at 860-242-9999 or email [email protected].


  1. Denise on April 6, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    Ripley’s story is so like that of Cecil, my cousin’s cat who came to live with me when she died of cancer. He even looks just like him! Like Ripley, Cecil was scared and confused at the loss of the only person he had lived with since being adopted as a kitten, and he was around 13 years old when I got him. The two years I had him had their challenges, and I wish I had had the skills of the OC folks to help him acclimate to his new life. Sadly, he died of inoperable cancer two years after I adopted him, but I hope I gave him as happy a life as I could while he was with me.

    Ripley’s story reminds me once again of what an invaluable service OC provides for so many special needs animals. What a blessing you are to our non-human companions!

  2. Elizabeth Reed on April 26, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I really hope Ripley finds the perfect home….and soon! You do such a wonderful job setting up all the information a potential new parent needs to have to make the adoption as happy as possible. I’ll be awaiting the good news. Even an owner of two labs (and now my son’s visitor rescue pup), Ripley melts my heart. Elizabeth Reed

  3. Carole Kovacs on April 27, 2021 at 6:33 pm

    I was touched by this story, as you know I get all the cats, and never thought how hard it would be if I crossed, after many tests being done, and reading about how it affected poor Ripley,
    Now I realize I need to think about my furkids needs.
    I hope he finds the best home ever, and that its furever!
    Hugs to all your many furkids!

    Carole Kovacs