In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year, a water-logged kitten was plucked off the streets by an NYC Animal Care and Control officer and dropped off at the ASPCA.
The 6-month old grey and white kitten was not warm and cuddly when she arrived. In fact, she was quite the opposite. “She was very afraid, she hissed at everyone,”¯ said ASPCA staff member Jesse Oldham. “It took about a month and a half before I could pet her.” Nevertheless, Oldham named the little spitfire furball, “Joy.”
Thanks to the loving attention of Oldham, this recalcitrant Sandy survivor soon became a sweetheart: “She likes chin scratches and sleeps next to my desk.”
However, one year after Hurricane Sandy, Joy was still at the ASPCA’s emergency boarding facility since she had not been reunited with an owner or adopted by a new family. In fact, she was the very last Hurricane Sandy animal left in their care, so the ASPCA issued a special plea to the public for someone to provide her with a forever home. Fortunately, fellow Hurricane Sandy survivor Robert Curran heard the plea and came forward to adopt her.
Curran, an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at Brooklyn College, responded to the special plea from the ASPCA that Joy was the very last of 300-plus animals at the ASPCA’s temporary shelter and she really deserved a loving home.
Curran felt an immediate bond with Joy as they both were forced to evacuate from their Rockway homes last year. “She is a bit hesitant, she is getting used to things,” Curran said of the shy but playful feline. “It took me months to get used to my new apartment.” But, Joy is already settling in, as she greets her human every day when he comes home from work.
Every cat deserves a home, said Curran, who is more than happy to now be sharing his bachelor pad with his new green-eyed girl, Joy.
* The above photo of Joy was provided by the ASPCA*