12/20/2012 10:26 am ET

Cat Waits 8 Years -- And Counting -- For Adoption

Story by Justin Breen, courtesy Chicago:

CHICAGO — Since the Red Door Animal Shelter in West Rogers Park opened 12 years ago, manager Matt Gannon estimates at least 2,000 cats have been adopted.

But a 9-year-old gray-and-white female, Eclair, has been at Red Door, 2410 W. Lunt Ave., a whopping eight years without earning her feline release papers.

Eclair isn't alone in terms of an ultra-extended stay. Charlemagne, a 10-year-old shorthair male, has been at the shelter since 2006, Gannon said.

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