Look Who Adopted Marco the Rescued Hoarder Cat

Sometimes all good things come to those who wait. Marco, a cat we’d featured multiple times, finally got adopted. The handsome tuxedo boy rescued from a horrific hoarding incident near me in May 2014, adjusted to shelter life easily. Everyone thought he’d be adopted quickly including my friend and fellow volunteer Leslie who fell madly in love with him. Time passed, Marco turned around, but then regressed. More time passed and he graduated from a cage to the small cage-free room which normally holds up to five cats. The shifting roster of kitty roommates, some friendly towards him, some not so much all got adopted.

What’s not to like about a young, healthy and handsome tuxedo cat? If human, he may have wondered, what’s wrong with me?

Shortly after arriving the shelter (renamed Humane Society of Westchester at New Rochelle), I had high hopes for Marco after creating this adoption PSA on June 9, 2014. At that time, he was one of the more adoptable cats from the hoarder cats. Many needed major veterinary care and socialization. It prompted me to volunteer at the shelter, both hands-on and with social media.  Humane_Society_Westchester

I tried my best to create enrichment with a variety of textures, cardboard boxes, scratchers, catnip and other toys in his and other caged cats. Volunteers have little power in the shelter setting and it proved an on-going battle to provide the sorely needed enrichment like these enrichment tips suggested by the ASPCA. While I’m currently unable to volunteer at this shelter, I will continue to advocate for shelter reform which is sorely needed across the U.S.  I’m grateful Leslie still volunteers and provides Reiki for the caged cats.

Adoption PSA #2 in August, 2014.


Adoption PSA #3 on Nov. 15, 2014.


From that point on I’d recycle old graphics or mention him to no avail in 2015. It baffled me why my adoption PSAs proved successful for everyone except him. Other cats took precedence and in the never ending cycle of new intakes, Marco got lost in the shuffle. That is until the Zaidan family felt Marco was “the one”. We’ll never know why it took this long except to say, there are cats who have waited much longer than Marco and are still waiting.  Rememeber: Adopt Don’t Shop and if you can’t adopt, consider fostering.

Marco and his new mom off to his forever home. 

31 thoughts on “Look Who Adopted Marco the Rescued Hoarder Cat”

  1. Thank you, Layla. Once again your blog has cheered me when I really needed it. Thank you for following Marco’s story and allowing us to witness the heartbreak and joy of his story. I don’t think you really know just how much good you do with your blog. Without dressing them up in super cute graphics or costume and using adult language and inflection, you show cats in all their feline beauty. You’ve shown us the young, fit Marco as he waited to begin the next, joyous phase of his life and the elderly, wise Merlin as he waits to cross over in to his next adventure. It takes a unique talent to to hear the message these sentient beings need to covey. I learn a great deal from your blog. So, again, thank you.

  2. What a relief! I have watched your posts about him thinking, “Now! Now he’ll get a home of his own.” Finally, he has one. Thank you for keeping up the good fight for him. Hopefully, he was just waiting for THIS home to come along. I like “happily ever after…”

  3. What a WONDERFUL update! I’m so happy for Marco….his Mom looks sweet and excited and I hope Marco’s forever is beyond his expectations!!!

    Hugs, Sammy

  4. I’m so happy that Marco found a forever home after such a long wait! I wish all the happiness with his new family. And I hope other shelter kitties who have been waiting for a long time will also find homes soon!

  5. DOOD !!!! we iz buzzed happee for ewe…we wish ewe all de best in yur new foreverz N manee gotcha dayz frum heer on out….all de best in 2016 & pleez ta stop bye everee now & then with de scoop on yur new place ♥♥♥ HOORAY !!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. Marco I’m so happy with you… and I wish you the bestest time ever with your new furmily. Sometimes the world is a good place and it feels so great to read about such a wonderful happy end.

  7. We are sooooooooooooo happy for Marco! If it means the purrrfect home then the wait is meant to be. We are just so glad that he was in a place that at least allowed him the time to wait.CONCATS MARCO & Zaidan family!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Skeeter and Izzy & the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels >^..^^..^<~

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