If I knew my days were numbered and there was no one to care for the four-legged members of my family, I would dedicate the time I had left to finding a loving home for them. And if that failed, I’d do everything I could to ensure the time they spent in a shelter was minimal.

Perhaps I’d write a letter explaining to their future caregiver just how special my dog and two cats really are.

I’d describe how we couldn’t help but adopt our German shepherd mix after seeing her floppy-eared face on a shelter website. We’d expected to bring home a tough-looking guard dog, but instead we got a lovable 50-pound mutt who’s startled by sudden gusts of wind.

I’d share the story of how our oldest cat showed up in our backyard five years ago, bleeding and dragging his tiny legs behind him. The vet advised us to put him down, saying the kitten would never walk, but now that cat is our little miracle — a miracle that leaps atop cabinets and scales bookshelves without any problem.

And I’d explain how our tiny tuxedo cat is really more dog than cat, how he loves belly rubs and games of fetch, and how he’ll even sit and shake for a treat.

A Maryland woman penned just such a letter earlier this year in hopes her cat, Susie, would find another loving owner, and now that heartfelt letter has gone viral.

The woman’s son, who was unable to keep the cat at his home, dropped Susie off at the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center in May, along with the letter his mother had written to “the adopter of Susie.”

In the two-page letter, the woman movingly describes her nearly five-year relationship with the cat and expresses the wish that Susie’s new owner enjoy the ginger cat as much as much as her former owner did.

Shelter staff say they plan to give the letter to Susie’s next family.

You can read the full text of the letter below.

Dear friend,

Thank you for adopting my friend, Susie.

She was one of three cats in a litter.

November 15, 2010, is her approximate birthday.

She moved in with me on December 1, 2010.

Until I felt sure she knew where her home was, I kept her in the house.

After she was left out, she disappeared for four days. I thought I would never see her again.

On the fourth night we had an unusually loud thunderstorm. There was no rain, just noise.

That morning when I went out to call her, I did not expect to see her, but she came a running. She came in the house with me and has not been willing to go out again unless I go with her.

She became an indoor cat.

Susie is afraid of everyone and everything. It took her six to eight months to realize I am her friend.

I have tried for a long time to get her to go outside. She won’t do it unless I go with her.

Perhaps if I could go for walks with her, she would get used to going outside, but I am too unstable to leave my front porch. She will go on the porch as long as I go with her. The best she will do is walk along the garden next to the front porch.

I believe she would follow me if I could go for a walk.

It would be nice if she would make friends with our dog. They get along together, but Susie keeps some distance from the dog. I never worry about them when I leave them in the house together.

Susie is unusual, but I enjoy her company. She is a good snuggler, but she likes to be the boss. She enjoys being petted. She spends much of her time on my bed but always seems to know where I am.

I hope you enjoy Susie as much as I have.

If you had to write such a letter, what would you tell your furry best friend’s future owner? Let us know in the comments.

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