The face of heartbreak: Cat at NC shelter may only have a few days to find a new home

UPDATE May 2, 2018 ADOPTED! I’ll be writing an update Thursday night.

This is the face of heartbreak. Once this sad-eyed kitty becomes available at a North Carolina shelter, he may only have a few days to find a home before being killed. People are upset, to say the least. We can help by sharing his story.

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photo Rowan County Animal Shelter

This is Hercules, a male turned in as a stray and posted April 27 to the Facebook page for Rowan County Animal Shelter in Salisbury. Since he’s a stray, the shelter must give his owner time to claim him. If not, Hercules will go up for adoption May 2. He can be killed anytime after May 4.

His information on the shelter’s Facebook page states

Useful links
Anxiety - reduce it
FULL Maine Coon guide - lots of pages
Children and cats - important

A112325 Hercules
Stray Male 28147
Available 5/2/2018
Last day 5/4/2018

Shelter information is listed following this article. Please share him for rescue or adoption before his time runs out. His thread is here. There are a lot of interesting comments and people really do want to save this boy without fighting too much.

General Information
Rowan County Animal Shelter
1465 Julian Rd. Salisbury, NC 28146
(704) 216-7768

Mon-Fri 11am-4:00pm and Sat 8:30am-3:00pm
Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:30pm and Sat 8:30am-3:30pm

$80 is the adoption fee for any animal, unless it was already spayed or neutered on intake at the Shelter. If already fixed, the animal is $15. This fee is a down payment toward the spay/neuter procedure at the vet of your choice and includes bordetella vaccine, rabies vaccine, 5 in 1 vaccine for dogs, 3 in 1 vaccine for cats, deworming and microchipping. Contact the Shelter directly for more information.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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25 Responses

  1. Kit says:

    Hercules is scheduled to be picked up Wednesday.
    He will travel to Baltimore to his forever home. Paws crossed there will be no glitches. Will update when he’s is out of the building.

    • Michael Broad says:

      Beautiful news. Thanks Kit. He’s the sort of cat I am drawn to.

      • Kit says:

        Yes, Michael! I think his expression has touched many. The woman from MD, Lisa, filled out the application form first thing this morning and now is just waiting approval. There are others showing interest as well. I hope Lisa is approved. She’s been the first willing to save his life. And, drive a distance to do so! ???

      • Kit says:

        ADOPTED!! It’s official!

        • Michael Broad says:

          Brilliant. You’re a sweet lady. Thanks for the news. I’ll have to make it an article.

      • Kit says:

        Freedom ride Pic #1

      • Kit says:

        Freedom Ride Pic #2. (I hope these files aren’t too large. ?)

        • Michael Broad says:

          The files were huge! 3 megabytes. They still uploaded which is good because I have included them in the updating article. Thanks a lot for sharing the news.

          • Kit says:

            Oh my!! So sorry, Michael!! I think I can send smaller, next time. I’m abit of a dolt when it comes to photo files sizes! ??

            Sent from my iPhone

  2. R M says:

    Today is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day here. Prayers for them both.

  3. Dennis Loop says:

    We are praying HARD for Hercules, and all the homeless out there… Please God, please…. Save Hercules, and give him his furever home, with a loving family for him.. Please God.. please… *sigh* .. Sharing this,.. *sigh*.. i know a couple people that live in N.C. Please God, please Save Hercules.. please..!!

  4. Michael Broad says:

    What a very sad story. I’m sure that there are many other cats with a similar story to tell. What a very sad story. And cats do have expressions as evidenced by Hercules.

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