BLACKWOOD, NJ – The power of a compelling cat photo in the age of the internet is strong. A photo of “Fishtopher”, a sad-looking tomcat at the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Camden County, has captured hearts all over the World Wide Web. But Fishtopher doesn’t look so sad anymore.
On Saturday, a new family came from Baltimore to bring the big-cheeked cat home for their animal rescue. Those who want to see his happier faces can do so on Instagram under the username “mister.fishtopher”.
His new owners said ‘Fish’ is a “very chill and laid back” cat and is becoming more and more comfortable with them. The gray and black feline loves tube treats, also known as “cat Go-Gurts”, they said, and enjoys sleeping all day.
Her happy and relaxed new life is a far cry from her “sad and depressed” mood at the shelter, as the staff at the Blackwood shelter wrote on PetFinder.
The new owners said Fishtopher is FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) positive, which means his immune system is vulnerable. He is about five years old.
A Twitter user named Molly Clarke shared her PetFinder biography on November 24. His biography and lamentable expression resonated with site users, who retweeted it massively. A long line formed outside the shelter over the weekend and hundreds of people sent in to investigate.
“Several other cats have also been adopted thanks to Fishtopher’s newfound fame,” the shelter said on Instagram.
And if you missed Fishtopher, Homeward Bound says there are a number of felines hoping to come home with you.
“We hope people captivated by her photo and her story will visit their local shelters and find a pet to adopt,” the shelter said in a Facebook post. “So many wonderful pets are waiting for homes.”