Public service means something different to everyone. For one politician in New York City, it simply meant saving a cat in need.
As Councilman Francisco Moya drove along the Long Island Expressway he noticed a stranded cat, perched on the wall of the busy roadway. He quickly grabbed some cat food to entice the frightened feline and headed to the rescue!
Circling back around, he carefully approached the cat. He was worried that the cat would run, possibly meeting a tragic end in the oblivious traffic speeding by. Adreline pumping, he relayed the nail biting moments on film, his only outlet of release.
Pulling alongside the road, he calmly spoke to the cat. “Hi, baby boy. You let me grab you”. Luckily for Moya, in this case the cat listened and he was able to get hands on it, pulling him to safety.
The silent feline lay on the passenger side floor of the car and happily accepted a meal.
Moya took the cat to the local Animal Care Center of NY, where he was neutered and vaccinated. Just last week the council members reinstated a bill requiring the city to build and maintain more shelters/care centers in all 5 boroughs.
Luckily New York’s homeless cats have numerous council members fighting on their behalf!
“Throughout the last four years, Speaker [Corey] Johnson and I have fought to make full-service animal shelters a reality for Queens and the Bronx,” Council Member Paul Vallone said in an official statement.
“Having animal shelters in every borough reflects our belief that all animals should be protected and given the opportunity to find a home. After almost three decades, five administrations and an uncertain future, we could not afford to wait one more day.”
The center found that rescued “Big Boy” was not micro-chipped so as soon as the now named Polo was ready, he was off on another adventure. This one was a much safer one though!
Polo was welcomed into the fur-family at the first and only cat cafe in the borough, the Brooklyn Cat Cafe! The non-profit cafe houses adoptable pets and gives the public a hand’s on approach to get to know the loving felines in a no cage environment.
On Sunday, June 10th the cafe posted that Polo was up for adoption at their cafe to the delight of fans. If he hasn’t been adopted yet, we are sure it will only be a matter of days for the friendly boy to find a fur-ever home!
Special thanks to Francisco Moya for stepping up and saving “Big Boy” from certain doom on the dangerous roads when others just ignored him. It’s humans like this that make a difference in the world, even if it’s just for one blessed cat.