Comfort & Joy: Storm Survivor Adopted at Last

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:00pm
White and grey cat playing with toy mice

One of our favorite stories of the year belongs to Joy, a young cat who was saved from the streets of New York City during Hurricane Sandy. Our staff at the temporary shelter we set up for storm-displaced animals wasn’t sure if she was a homeless kitty or a lost pet. Weeks passed and no one claimed the skinny, skittish feline.

We folded Joy into our regular population of adoptable animals and discovered she needed extra help learning to trust people. With lots of socialization from ASPCA staff, Joy came out of her shell—but a whole year passed and Joy, our last Sandy cat, still hadn’t found a home.

Finally, in November 2013, Joy was adopted by Rob C., a fellow Sandy survivor who lost his home and business to the deadly storm. Robert saw Joy on the local news—her story resonated with him, and together they are getting a fresh start and making a new life.

Every step of Joy’s year-long journey with the ASPCA—her care at the temporary shelter; her time as an office foster; her behavior training—was made possible through your support. Please help us provide the same level of care for victims of future disasters and all the other animals who still need our help.