I have some very good news. Later was adopted from the Humane Society! I've been checking on him ever since we had to take him away. I'd check the section for adoptable cats all the time and never saw him. The staff told Ken they might have someone who would want him already, so I kept thinking he'd already gone home, and after a few weeks I quit checking.
Then just out of curiosity a few weeks later, I checked again, and there he was on the adoptable page. I was so sad all over again. Had to have a good cry over it. I still felt so bad about having to take him away. And to think of him being there indefinitely broke my heart all over again. I told my friend at work about seeing his picture online, and the stupid Christmas collar they had him in. She said she would go look at it, but kept forgetting. Just this week I talked to her again and she remembered that she'd never seen the picture.
I pulled up the Humane Society webpage to show her, and couldn't find him in the adoptable section. I clicked thru the whole thing twice before daring to hope he could have gone home. I clicked on the adopted cats page and there he was!! He was adopted just this last Saturday, January 5. I was so sad the day I saw him on the adoptable page, but so relieved and happy to see he'd found a home when I saw him on the adopted page.
I do still miss him, but Duda, Toad, and Biz are so different, and obviously so much more happy and content since he's been gone. I know I HAD to do it, but I will never forget Later or his trouble-making/mischievousness/king-of-the-jungle attitude.