St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach reported Friday afternoon that RallyCat, the unofficial new ‘mascot’ for the St. Louis Cardinals was caught Friday morning. This PoC article will bring you up to date. The Outreach group shared the good news saying
“We are confident he is the right cat because of the bands on his legs and the bullseye on his back.”
RallyCat became a media celebrity Wednesday night at Busch Stadium when he ran across the field during the 6th inning against the Royals.
Grounds crew member Lucas Hackmann caught the cat and was bitten and scratched. RallyCat was examined by a veterinarian after being trapped Friday and will be held in a rabies quarantine for 10 days as a precaution (and required under state law).
Future plans for RallyCat are still up in the air. The most common practice in TNR is for any tame cats to go to a rescue group, but the Cardinals have posted RallyCat will be rejoining the team once his quarantine is lifted. St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach stated Friday night
“Although we are excited that Cardinals players are interested, anyone who adopts rally cat will be fully vetted. STLFCO does not adopt out cats, but the rescue who takes him will have applications. We love the idea of the whole team adopting cats! After everyone passes the reference check of course.”
Founded in 2013, St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach is a 501c3 organization nonprofit organization. Their Facebook page is a resource for trappers, caretakers/feeders, and cat lovers dedicated to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in St. Louis and surrounding communities. The page is managed by several trappers and colony/caretakers who believe TNR is the best and most effective approach to cat overpopulation.
The Outreach will keep everyone updated via their Facebook page. RallyCat is currently resting after a day filled with interviews by news media.
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