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Shamu,Another fat cat brought into Camden County Animal Shelter

August 31st, 2008, 09:23 AM own.html

There must be something in the water: A second fat cat has been dropped off at the same south Jersey animal shelter that introduced the world to a 44-pound tabby named Prince Chunk.
The new portly pussycat weighs 35 pounds, is a male and has a nickname deserving of his remarkable heft.

Geeze what is going on here?? I'm heading up there Wednesday hopefully if I catch a stray cat my grandmom wants fixed. I am surprised on who adopted Chunk though... he's a young kid who works at the front desk that I see all the time. He usually answers the phone and I bug him by asking a million questions about random stuff :laughing: ..and usually he never knows and has to go ask someone else.

Okay so yay more fat cats! I'm surprised he's from Camden of all places though. Most animals that come out of there are starved or worse.

August 31st, 2008, 03:36 PM
I hope they can get this kitty on a diet.

August 31st, 2008, 10:11 PM
Im with u ancient.

Omg..the poor thing.

September 3rd, 2008, 01:01 AM
Holy Tuna, Batman! Those are 2 chunky cats :laughing: So riddle me this, obviously these cats were well loved and also well fed.... ok, maybe just well fed. So their owners just dropped them off at the shelter? Geez, what's up with that :shrug: Ok, well maybe they were moving, maybe .. er... well, that's all I got :yell:

September 3rd, 2008, 09:59 AM
The first one named Chunk was brought in as a stray. The owner was being foreclosed on, so she gave the cat to some friends and somehow the cat ended up outside.

Shamu was found outside an abandoned building in a really horrible city. He must have been living off garbage from a food place is my only guess.

I just got back from the shelter but they were still cleaning and I don't think Shamu was there... so I didn't bother to wander around looking for him :p

September 3rd, 2008, 12:01 PM
NJ seems to be the land of the Fat Cats! :) I'm from NJ too. Kathryn...since you know the shelter, what's up with this? Chunk's adoption contract. The CCAS seems to be taking a beating in the news.

I'm as surprised as you are with these big kitties. The Camden area is tough and stray animals have it very hard. Starved or worse is an understatement.

September 3rd, 2008, 01:25 PM
I'm not entirely sure who is actually adopting Chunk. Right now he is in the care of one of the young guys at the front desk that I often talk too. I don't know if he is fostering Chunk, or is the pending adopter. It's weird. From the article it seems like they want to keep him forever.

The shelter is just trying to use Chunk as a publicity thing so they can get more money. I see both sides of this. Vince's family is saying the poor cat should be allowed to live a normal life. The shelter is saying that by him making appearances, the money generated can help more animals.

Personally, I think they both need to meet somewhere in the middle. Chunk should have to make X amount of appearances but the contract should say that he no longer has to make appearances after X amount of months.

If it were me, i'd have him making maybe an appearance for Halloween dressed up, then maybe something during the fall, and dress him up like Santa for Christmas and then leave the cat to go live out his life like a normal house pet.

CCAS board of directors are mostly nice people anymore. The shelter used to have some really bad people running the place a few years back who really didn't care about the animals. They elected a new staff in I think.. 2004. Then they've been doing well ever since.

I've got to go back there to pick up a feral I dropped off to get neutered. Maybe I can see what's going on. Earlier no one was that I knew.

Not for the faint hearted:

September 3rd, 2008, 01:31 PM
I agree, they need to meet in the middle. I think the appearances are a good thing in that it makes the public aware of this ongoing issue of people just disposing of their animals, but I also think Chunk should be allowed to live a normal life.