Cat Abandoned on Street Corner With His Litter Box

Someone abandoned a cat in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday. On Nostrand Avenue, he was unceremoniously left behind. His litter box and other cat necessities were just next to him.

He was in tears.

A photo of the sorrowful exhibit was published on the Flatbush Area Team for Cats (FAT Cats) Facebook page, prompting calls for his arrest – which proved difficult. Nostrand, as he was eventually christened, vanished shortly after being discovered, chased away by a street sweeper.

“People often post if they see an animal frightened or in need of aid,” Elizabeth Champ, one of the founders of FAT Cats, a Brooklyn-based trap, neuter, and return advocacy organization, told The Dodo.

Champ claimed that as soon as she heard about Nostrand, she and several others in the area began on the quest for him.

“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.”

After days of searching, aided by rescue groups and concerned neighbors alike, Nostrand turned up in the backyard of Brooklyn local and retired cat rescuer Karen Oh on Sunday morning.

The rescue posted on Facebook, “We immediately brought him to get vetted and checked for a microchip.” “There is no microchip, but he is a healthy 1-year-old boy,” said the owner. During his initial examination at the Prospect Park Animal Clinic, Champ described Nostrand as a “dream.”

She stated he didn’t mind having blood collected for testing. “Unfortunately, many older male cats are abandoned because there aren’t enough low-cost spay/neuter services in NYC,” Champ continued. “People can’t afford to get them fixed, so they usually get rid of them and buy a new cat.”

Fortunately for Nostrand, he is now in the care of FAT Cats and will be neutered shortly. Then, thanks to the incredible community that has rallied to save him, he’ll be on the lookout for his permanent home.

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