The near 30-pound tubby tabby Lasagna captured the hearts of Philadelphians this week after ACCT Philly, the city's animal care and control team, shared her photo to its social media and a local news program told her story.
Apparently they received hundreds of inquiries about the domestic short-haired cat, and in less than 24 hours she had been adopted.
Lasagna :cat:has been adopted! :raised_hands: she went to an amazing home dedicated to helping her get to a healthy weight. Thank you to EVERYONE who spread the word, we are so happy she will get the care (and veterinary and diet support) that she needs pic.twitter.com/3htzjlXxlB
- ACCT Philly (@ACCTPhilly) September 25, 2020
Lasagna was dumped outside a shelter on Sunday and staff there who took her in found she's struggling to walk due to her size and at first, she was turned down by potential adoptees because of her size.
"A woman considered adopting Lasagna as she was here to adopt a cat but Lasagna was a lot larger than what she was looking for," said Sarah Barnett, director for development and communications at ACCT Philly, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Poor Lasagna was abandoned in a dog crate at a whopping 29.5lbs :scream: this chonky cat would love someone who can help her lose the #quarantine15 and become a healthy and happy cat :cat: pic.twitter.com/JkbuXuJUNu
- ACCT Philly (@ACCTPhilly) September 23, 2020
"We took in the cat, named her Lasagna, and our medical staff looked her over. She's very sweet and appears generally healthy, though her weight has made her stiff when she walks and also unable to properly groom herself.
"Obese cats can develop a lot of significant health issues, so she really needs a home where someone can help her loose the weight and be a healthy cat."
Ms Barnett added: "If people are not able to adopt her but still want to help us, we had significant budget cuts of nearly $900,000 (£680,000) from the city to our contract, so financial contributions are very much appreciated."
While it's great news that Lasagna is no longer on the market, ACCT is hoping people who were interested in her will adopt or foster one of their 129 other cats, including at least one who weighs in at more than 20 pounds.
"When a lot of people are interested in one animal, you kind of feel bad for the others," who can sit in the shelter for weeks or more, she told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
"Our hope is everyone who wants Lasagna, or maybe a third of them, will come in and adopt, or know that we're here when they're ready."
If you'd like to donate to the ACCT and help out all the other cats and dogs still in its care, click here.
We're glad this one had a happy ending!
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