Somebody dumped a 1-year-old tuxedo cat—along with his litter box and other cat supplies—on a street corner in Brooklyn, New York. He was left all by himself on Norstrand Avenue, crying for his human to come back.
The Flatbush Area Team for Cats' (FAT Cats) shared a photo of the heartrending display on their Facebook page, asking the community to pitch in and help trap the cat—who had disappeared soon after being spotted when he was scared away by a street cleaner.
"We are a very close-knit community and people often post if they see an animal distressed or in need of assistance," Elizabeth Champ, one of the founders of FAT Cats, a Brooklyn-based group of trap, neuter and return advocates, told The Dodo.
Champ said that as soon as she heard about Nostrand, she immediately went on the hunt for him, as did many other neighborhood residents.
"We would like to thank our neighbors, many of whom took time out of their day to look for this poor cat," FAT Cats wrote on Facebook last Wednesday, the same day his photo was posted on Facebook. "Due to today's heat and the amount of construction and noise on Nostrand Ave. today, it's our belief that he is hiding somewhere until things get quieter and cooler."
Local rescue groups and concerned neighbors searched for the kitty for days, until he finally turned up in the backyard of Brooklyn local and retired cat rescuer Karen Oh.
"We immediately brought him to get vetted, and screened for a microchip," the rescue wrote on Facebook. "No microchip, but we are happy to say he is a healthy 1-year-old male." Champ said that Nostrand was a "dream" during his initial visit to the Prospect Park Animal Clinic.
"[He] didn't even mind having blood drawn for testing," she said. "Unfortunately, many male cats get dumped when they mature because there are not enough low-cost spay/neuter resources in NYC," Champ added. "People can't afford to get them fixed, so they often dump them and get another cat."
Nostrand's story doesn't have a great beginning, but he's on his way to a happy ending—safe in the care care of FAT Cats and due for a neuter appointment soon. Then he'll be on the search for his forever home, thanks to the impressive community dedicated to saving him.
"Flatbush, like most of Brooklyn, is in a lot of transition," Champ said. "But animals are one thing that really brings people together."
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