Officer's cats in need of loving home

By Kelly McCarthy

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It has been more than a month since Binghamton Police Officer Katie Brown was killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 434 in Vestal. Brown left behind her family, the law enforcement community and six pets.

Shortly after Officer Brown's death the Humane Society took in four cats. A month later, two are still looking for a home.

"Jackson is a very friendly cat, he likes to rub around your legs," said Executive Director Karen Matson, "He likes to be held but on his own terms, when he's done he's done."

Jackson and his older brother, Toby are still temporarily living at the Humane Society waiting for a home.

"Toby is a little bit older, like I said he's a little older soul," Matson said, "He doesn't seem to be real fond of other cats but that might be because in his late years he might just want to be left alone."

These cats don't seem to have much in common, except both were once rescued by fallen Binghamton Police Officer Katie Brown.

"When the cats came in to our shelter it was clear that they had been loved for a very long time," Matson said.

Officer Katie Brown had four cats and two dogs who were all once rescue animals, now these two cats are once again in need of a loving home.

"She always liked to rescue animals, she was a humanitarian," Matson said, "She loved to do things for people and knowing that she rescued these four cats, we were more than willing to take them in and hoping to find someone who was willing to rescue them again."

Matson said before adopting pets, people should make a plan in the event of an unexpected death.

"It's really important for people who have pets to have a plan for them as well," Matson adds, "Not only your children, your home, your finances but your pets as well."

She recommends putting the plan in writing.

"Some people we know, employees who work here, have notes on their refrigerators to contact the Humane Society, or contact their sister, brother or family member for the care of their pets," said Matson.

To adopt one of these cats there is a $75 adoption fee but a local business is stepping up to cover that cost.

Sentry Alarms has paid for all of the adoption fees for Officer Brown's animals and will cover the adoption costs for the remaining two pets as soon as they find a home.

Two of Officer Brown's cats were already adopted out from the Humane Society, and her two dogs were adopted from the Front Street Dog Shelter.

There is a memorial coming up on June 26th to honor Officer Katie Brown.

It's being held at St. Patrick's Church in Binghamton.

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