It's a story that gripped the nation - the murder of Spokane World War II veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton. Belton's alleged killers are in jail awaiting trial but there's more unfinished business in the wake of Belton's death. His cat "Boots" is now homeless.
At the Pet Saver's headquarters along East Trent, surely "Boots" has no idea what has happened to his life. Maybe he can sense he lost his human and it's home anymore. But for a cat, those small worries are easily erased with a few pets of the head.
He's a loving 5-year-old black and white short hair and it won't be long before he finds a new home.
"He's very friendly," Janice Christensen of Pet Savers said. "We'd really love it if another veteran would step up in Shorty's honor and provide him with a forever, loving home."
Pet Savers is a small but mighty low-cost spay and neuter clinic in Spokane Valley. They've fixed more than 40,000 animals but their mission right now is to find "Boots" a home.
"He loves to curl up beside you and get petted and have the food and water there for him and lots of love," Christensen said.
Pet Savers is making it easy, too. There's no adoption fee and "Boots" is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. They will require an adoption application, which you can find at PetSavers.us, and they will be conducting interviews to find the right home.
"We wanted to go a little extra mile for this guy, he's special," Christensen said.