I recently had to put my last of 3 cats down in July 2020, he was 19yrs old
My other two cats lived to be 18 and 20 yrs old.
I also cared for 2 of my other neighbors dogs that when they would get out of their yards immediately came over to my house. The neighbors could never figure out how they were getting out but would call me and ask if their dogs were over at my place.
I knew I would miss my animals but until I had none didn't realize what a big part of my life they were.
My big boy Mully that I lost in July had made friends with several neighborhood cats and would announce to me when they showed up so I could let his buddies in to visit.
I get very emotional about this because even after he was gone his buddies continued to come stay with me and give me love.
My one neighbor has a 22 yr old turtle that I took care of for the past 6 yrs as she just had it on her porch and never cared for it.
A a mother raccoon and her 7 little ones that also adopted me and were very friendly and got along with all the cats in the neighborhood.
I had a magnetic split screen on my back door so the cats could come and go as they wanted and one day three of the baby raccoons came in to visit me, I very calmly got up and said come on guys lets go back outside and they just followed me.
I also trained the squirrels to come when I called them. I have video of both of these I'd be happy to share.
I'm doing this for my love of animals and how much they bring into my life. Animals have also be drawn to me and I feel very connected to them as well.
As far as trusting me with your home my friends always commented of how clean my home was and sarcastically asked if I actually lived in it. I don't smoke or drink and well past my party days. I'm a quiet guy that enjoys my solitude. I'm happy to provide references upon request