Kitty at Va. shelter adopted after video of unique purr goes viral

WASHINGTON — It was a sound that had the staff at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington scrambling from the lobby to see what was making that noise.

Turned out it was 3-year-old Jared, an orange tabby cat that had been transferred from another shelter.

And Chelsea Lindsey, AWLA’s communications director, said nothing was wrong: It was Jared’s purr that had everyone gathered around.

“We discovered that he has the most fantastic purr that I have ever heard in my life,” Lindsey said, laughing. “He almost sounds like mix between a pigeon, a cat, a raccoon and I don’t know what.”

His purr — a mix of a trill and a coo — is not only unique, it’s loud.

“When his kennel door and he’s purring, we can hear him in the lobby with the door closed,” Lindsey said.

Jared’s unique purring even landed him a new home. Lindsey said a woman drove to Arlington from Baltimore to adopt Jared after seeing the cuddly cat in the video below.

A vet has checked him out, and there’s nothing wrong with him. He just has a voice that’s all his own. Lindsey said he’s a healthy, snuggly cat.

Hear it for yourself in the video below.

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