Kenia Castellanos, who runs the Hudson Valley branch of animal advocacy group Empty Cages Collective (ECC) explained that the cat entered a stranger’s apartment through an open window.
Now named Zebro, he was in bad shape — thin, dehydrated, and suffering from ear infections, an upper respiratory infection and renal failure. Rescuers guess he was seeking help to survive.
“We can only imagine the desperation that this cat must’ve felt in order to venture into a strange home,” ECC wrote on a fundraising page for Zebro’s medical expenses. (Can’t afford to donate? Simply share their crowdfunding page on Facebook to generate up to $37 in donations.)
“Police stated that they were able to easily pick him up and place him inside a box. Sweet Zebro did not resist, and he did not show any signs of aggression.”
Zebro’s first stop was a city-run shelter and then ECC took over his care. Kenia brought him to live in her home prior to being adopted out. She reports he’s blossomed into a “curious and playful” cat.
“He is a mellow and easygoing cat. He enjoys being held and petted, and following humans around to rub against their legs,” she said. “He is also getting along well with the other adoptable cats, and he doesn’t reciprocate if anyone hisses at him.”
It’s likely that Zebro will require subcutaneous fluids for the rest of his life. But Kenia estimates he has years of “good quality life” left.
As Jeter Harris would say, “Life is grate.” Zebro might even be laffin an laffin.