Fishtopher, a 5-year-old cat, was reportedly “unhappy and depressed” as he sat on the Homeward Sure Pet Adoption Middle in New Jersey ready to be adopted.
The “Quiet” “Sofa potato” appeared “out of kinds,” the middle wrote in its Petfinder itemizing. He would solely “eat when he has firm,” and he “wouldn’t even lookup for photos.”
However on Thanksgiving, Fishtopher’s luck modified after a tweet sharing his Petfinder profile went viral. The tweet shortly amassed over 168,000 likes and 21,000 retweets. Many individuals within the replies shared their very own cat adoption tales.
The shelter mentioned in a Fb put up over the weekend that it acquired “a whole lot of inquiries” about Fishtopher.
On Saturday, Laura Folts, 22, and her companion Tanner Callahan, 24, have been the 2 who gave Fishtopher a endlessly dwelling, in accordance with Insider.
Representatives from the shelter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Folts and Callahan additionally didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“he’s very shy however as soon as held he likes to cover his face into the criminal of your arm,” Folts mentioned of Fishtopher, replying to a tweet asking how he’s doing.
“FISHTOPHER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING,” the shelter wrote in an replace on Fb on Saturday.
The couple drove two hours from Baltimore to Blackwood, New Jersey, to satisfy Fishtopher, in accordance with Insider. Folts advised the publication that they have been considering adopting Fishtopher after seeing the tweet about him. They mentioned they acquired to the shelter an hour earlier than it opened, and there have been eight or 9 others who have been there to see Fishtopher.
Whereas there’s just one Fishtopher, the shelter and Folts have been encouraging folks to undertake different animals in want of latest houses. Folts retweeted various posts about cats in need of homes from Fishtopher’s account.
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“i need to use this new viewers to assist different fishtophers and provides folks enjoyable cat photographs of him chilling at dwelling (which is what the web was made for),” a latest tweet from Fishtopher’s account learn.
The Homeward Sure Pet Adoption Middle additionally requested the folks considering Fishtopher to save lots of its different rescues.
“We’re tremendous blissful for him, however in the event you have been considering him, haven’t any worry. We have now a whole lot of different kitties who’re simply as great and are wishing that folks would come and stand in line for them,” the shelter continued in its Fb put up Saturday.
On its about web page on its web site, the Homeward Sure Pet Adoption Middle shared that it’s working with different animal welfare organizations to assist get New Jersey to “no-kill” standing by 2025, in accordance with the Finest Mates Animal Society.
The initiative defines a “no-kill” shelter as having a 90% save fee or increased, which means it has the sources to save lots of each canine and cat it is ready to. The benchmark is 90% as a result of the share of canine and cats coming into shelters with “irreparable medical or behavioral points” is usually not more than 10%, in accordance with Finest Mates. The Homeward Sure Pet Adoption Middle reported a 96% save fee in 2021.
Along with Fishtopher, the shelter shared on its Fb web page 16 different animals that have been adopted this previous weekend.