Lichtenwalner always knew that when she finally adopted a pet of her own, he or she would be an animal who needed a little extra love and attention. She grew up with a deaf sheepdog, and thus knew exactly how wonderful having a special needs pet can be.
"When I came across Otitis, I knew he was the perfect cat for me," Lichtenwalner said. "He was an older, special needs cat that I knew needed the home and love that I absolutely knew I could give him. I found out later that many people asked about him, but no one ever put in an application for him - I was the first."