ASPCA Pet of the Week: Hal Was Left to Suffer—Now He Needs a Home!

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 11:30am
White cat with black ears wearing pink shirt

Guest blog by ASPCA Senior Feline Behavior Counselor Katie Watts

Hal is a four-year-old cat who was found on the street, abandoned in a box. His teeth were severely decayed, and he was in extreme pain—so much so that he couldn't groom himself and had become severely matted as a result. After arriving at the shelter, Hal was groomed, all his fur shaved. He also had to have several teeth extracted.

He was soon on the road to recovery, but it was clear that the ordeal had left him traumatized. Hal spent the first week huddled at the back of his cage, curled up in a small ball and barely moving. He was given a quiet space to settle and provided with a box to snuggle in and a "privacy curtain."

Several staff members started trying to make friends, offering him tasty treats and hoping to coax him out of his shell. Slowly but surely, Hal began to warm up. First it was a slight rub on a hand as he was petted, and then he was at the front of his cage, ready with rubs and purrs.

When he was ready, Hal was taken to visit a staff office, where he could be socialized further. From that point, he couldn't get enough attention, and it was clear all Hal wanted was a warm lap and some chin scratches. He was so affectionate toward people that he would even sit at the office door, patiently waiting for a staff member to return, and once she was back, he happily settled on her lap again.

Hal has come a long way and survived a great deal. He now waits patiently, always at the door of his cat condo, ready to jump in a lap at the first opportunity. He even grooms his new friends by licking them as they pet him! All he needs now is a quiet home with somebody who will provide him with the love he so deserves.

Hal is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. To learn more about Hal, please visit his page.

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poor baby. he is beautiful


I will pray and hope the Jesus will provide for Hal anew warm and loving home full of attention and someone that will love Hal as there own flesh and blood and provide for and love him until his last day on this earth and then see him in heaven one fine day (:


Is chris a cat or dog?


Awww, what a sweet boy. Please someone give him a forever home.


I remember my first time seeing Hal in his adorable pink shirt over a month ago. He was huddled in the corner of his cage, a tinge of sadness in his eyes. I was able to spend sime time with him in a socialization room a few days ago and what a sweetie he is! I sat a few feet away from him and allowed him to sniff my hand. After two or three strokes of his head, he climbed right into my lap and stayed for nearly twenty minutes. I hope this little guy finds the forever home he deserves.


He sounds like my Sylvester who I adopted from the Humane Society. He would not go near anyone when we got him, but now, he cannot get enough attention. He jumps in laps, rubs against legs, and meows until someone pets him. He has become very affectionate, and quite the character (he is part Maine Coon). He is my best buddy out of all of my animals. He is a joy to see.


I just took in a cat that has had a horrible start in life - he was a house cat and when his owners moved the threw him outside and drove away. Neighbor began feeding him because he was so confused and scared being outside - then a neighbor dog attacked him and tore open his shoulder - thankfully someone took him to the vet and then surrendered him to a local shelter - after foster was adopted and returned 2 months later very thin and scared of everything (almost feral like) then put at Petco to be adopted but basically shut down - stopped cleaning himself and wouldn't let anyone touch him. I have had him for 5 days now and he is better everyday. He lets you pet him and even let me approach him without running and hiding today. Long road ahead but he is so sweet!


You are an angel Nancy! Poor baby! He has really had some bad luck until you came along.


Oh thank you Nancy! I volunteer at a petsmart & some cats do not tolerate that environment but, what I try to explain to people is give them a week or two in your home (sometimes even less time) & their true personality will come out. Thank you for giving that poor kitty the life it deserves!


God Bless you Nancy! You are the best human person for that kitty and I wish only the best for the kitty and you. I am in Arizona and have 7 wonderful adopted cats, I wish I could go to New York and adopt Hal. I have a huge home and my kittys have so much love here (and room)! No more going hungry or love! Again, God bless you Nancy!