Lifestyle Pets Retirement Community Helps Grieving Resident Adopt the Perfect Feline: 'It Beats Living Alone' After the death of his beloved cat Oscar the 2nd, Dave Smith met a new, loving feline with help from his New York retirement community and decided to adopt the pet and name him Oscar the 3rd By Kelli Bender Kelli Bender Kelli Bender is the Pets Editor for PEOPLE Digital and PEOPLE magazine. She has been with the PEOPLE brand for more than eight years, working as a writer/producer across PEOPLE's Lifestyle, Features, and Entertainment verticals before taking on her current role. Kelli is also an editor on PEOPLE's Stories to Make You Smile and serves as an editorial lead on PEOPLE's World's Cutest Rescue Dog Contest and Pet Product Awards. Before joining PEOPLE, Kelli helped AOL and Whalerock launch a pet lifestyle site called PawNation. She is a pet parent to a cat named Wallace, and her professional and personal devotion to animals has taken her to three dog weddings ... so far. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 12, 2021 04:47 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Watermark Retirement Community Dave Smith, a resident at The Fountains at Millbrook, a Watermark Retirement Community in New York, is a long-time cat lover. Earlier in his life, Smith adopted an orange tabby named Oscar. This feline companion left such a lasting, loving impression on Smith that Smith decided to adopt another orange tabby when the cat passed away, which he named Oscar the 2nd. Oscar the 2nd and Smith moved into The Fountains at Millbrook — a pet-friendly retirement community — together in 2018. Sadly, last year, Oscar the 2nd died. The orange tabby had a long and eventful life with Smith, and the pet's passing devastated his devoted owner. "We could tell there was a big hole in his heart," Lisa Rieckermann, The Fountains at Millbrook's community life director, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. Heartbroken over the loss of Oscar the 2nd and eager to bring a smile back to Smith's face, the retirement community worked with their animal rescue connections to find a young orange tabby for Smith to meet. Courtesy Watermark Retirement Community The Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) had the perfect cat, a young, energetic, pumpkin-colored kitty named Hercules. Staff at The Fountains at Millbrook took Smith to meet Hercules, and it was love at first sight. Smith decided to adopt the animal on the spot but made one change before bringing the pet back home. "I said, 'You don't look like a Hercules; you look like another Oscar,' " Smith said. YouTuber Builds Elevator for Senior Cat Who Can't Climb Down Stairs: 'Greatest Day Of My Life' Oscar the 3rd moved into The Fountains at Millbrook with Smith shortly after this meeting, and the duo is now best friends who enjoy spending their days watching movies, cuddling, and playing with laser pointers. "It sure beats living alone," Smith said, adding, "I am grateful to the staff for taking the time to help me find Oscar and getting me to the shelter for the adoption," Smith said. "Once they found out I was looking for an orange tiger cat, they were all hands-on deck. I am absolutely appreciative."