What would you say about a 26-pound cat roaming free in your home? Not a tiger, not a wildcat, not an exotic animal, just a very large, very stocky cat.
If you’re ears perked up, well then you’ll be glad to know you’re not alone. Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia recently opened up adoptions for one big guy, affectionately known as “a chonk of a chonk.” He weighs 26-pounds and he’s massive. Imagine trying to put a collar on him?
The shelter received over 3,000 applications from people who wanted to take in the formidable feline, but it turns out, they decided to place him with an existing animal foster family instead. Mister B, as he’s named, has some problematic health issues, and the family has a history of taking in cats that have similar needs.
“We want to thank everyone again for the enthusiasm for Mr. B. While we wish we were able to respond to everyone individually, we are a very small staff and don’t have the bandwidth to do so. We will keep everyone updated throughout his journey on our social media accounts!”
The good news is that he’s now a superstar, and the shelter plans to update the community regularly with wholesome news.
Ok, who loves our chonky kitty Mr. B.? Well, now you can wear your heart on your sleeve (& Mr. B. on your shirt!) with great new custom-made CHONK shirts! Order a shirt today to support our lifesaving mission & help homeless pets like Mr. B.: https://t.co/qgxVTxRPfi. Please RT! https://t.co/4qznMwTgrX pic.twitter.com/KLcVvOCSiT
— Morris Animal Refuge (@MorrisAnimal) August 23, 2019
Mister B made big headlines when an earlier photo posted by the shelter went viral. Everyone was amazed at just how big and lovable he is! He’s so lovable, the shelter put together some custom t-shirts with Mister B’s gorgeous mug on them. All proceeds will go to helping homeless pets, much like chonk was before the shelter took him in.
Where Can I Adopt a Cat of My Own?
Visit your local shelter and give a lovely animal a forever home.
If you don’t already have a cat — or two or three — then there are plenty of ways to bring a furry companion into your life. While, unfortunately, 26-pound beasts like chonk are extremely rare you can certainly find a lovable little feline of your own.
Believe it or not, the two best places to go to adopt a cat — or dog — is a local shelter, such as the ASPCA. In most cases, the animals have already been spayed and neutered, and have received all their shots. Some shelters will also micro-chip new cats and dogs so that they can be found easily should they ever go missing or wander off.
While some people may be inclined to go to breeders, that’s not an ideal option for anyone. Their prices tend to be extremely high, and you can get just as beautiful, just as friendly companions at your local shelter. Worse yet, animals that are not adopted are euthanized, meaning they need a home much more.
If you’re worried about adopting an animal with behavioral issues, you can always talk to the shelter staff to find one that matches the temperament you desire. It’s also recommended that you spend ample one-on-one time with the animal before leaving the shelter to see whether or not you are compatible. And if it’s your first time owning a pet — or your family’s first joint-pet — then it’s always better to adopt than to spend top-dollar at a breeder. So many people go out and get a new pet, realize it’s not for them and then the pet ends up in a shelter.
Who knows, if you look long enough, you might find a cat that’s a lot like Mister B, at the very least a smaller version.