A tangerine-colored feline with an extra set of toes strolled onto someone’s porch. He lingered around until he obtained his desired outcome.
Ernie, a wandering orange cat, showed up on a resident’s porch in Staten Island, NY, peeking into their house through the glass. The resident offered him some food and noticed that he had extra toes on his front paws. The polydactyl cat came back regularly for sustenance and became very comfortable there. It was clear that he didn’t have a home to go to, and that he had been wandering outside for some time. The tabby decided to hang out on the porch and waited for the door to open.
One day, a clever tabby cat showed up on the porch as if he was ready to leave the outdoor life behind. The resident, who is allergic and unable to keep the cat inside, reached out to an animal rescue called Little Wanderers NYC for help. Volunteers of the rescue quickly took action to assist.
Little Wanderers NYC arrived to pick up the cat and were greeted by a friendly and sweet tabby who craved attention and head scratches. He became putty in their hands as soon as he was petted and would rub against his human friends for more. “A whole community came together, and we are so grateful. It helps us to keep up hope and continue our high volume rescue,” Little Wanderers NYC shared with Love Meow.
Ernie was a very amiable and delighted to be rescued. Amanda, who fosters for the rescue, welcomed the tabby boy into her home. He was lovingly named Ernie, and he quickly made an impression on her. After inspecting his new surroundings, he lay down on the floor, stretching his toes and rumbling with his purr motor.
He quickly settled into his new foster home at Little Wanderers NYC. “Ernie is so grateful to be indoors. He was super snuggly right off the bat – purring, head-butting, making biscuits, giving kisses, the works,” Amanda told Love Meow. When he saw Amanda’s hand, he untucked one of his arms from a perfect loaf and placed his giant mitten on her.
After wandering the streets and braving the elements, Ernie is now happy that he has a roof over his head, good food, comfortable things, and people to love on. The endearing child craves affection and has so much love to give.
With his large paws and thumbs, Ernie quickly made himself at home on the big bed with blankets and pillows in Little Wanderers NYC. That night, he insisted on being petted and adored, unwilling to let go of his foster mom, making up for lost time.
Ernie has discovered his favorite spot to nap in Little Wanderers NYC. He is enjoying his new life as an indoor cat and isn’t quite ready to socialize with the other feline residents. However, he is content as can be snoozing away all day long. Amanda believes that once Ernie puts on a bit of weight, he’ll become a gentle giant.
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The adorable teddy bear stretches out as far as he can while lying on the bed. Then, he rolls around on his favorite blanket and basks in pure bliss.
“He loves snuggling, napping, and gazing out the window. He’s been playing a little bit, trying out some toys I’ve put out.”
Sometimes, saving one cat requires the help of a village. Thanks to the many volunteers from Little Wanderers NYC, the porch kitty has transformed into a house cat with a sleek and shiny coat.
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