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Everyone knows about Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger’s cool headedness and quick thinking that saved the lives of 155 passengers on the US Airways flight that landed in the Hudson in January. But did you know that he’s also a Cat Guy and the hero to homeless cats in his Northern California community?

Sullenberger is a cat lover who has fostered scores of kittens over the years for Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF).

“Sully’s the cat person. I’m the dog person, his wife Lorrie told PEOPLE Magazine in a recent interview.

Lorrie and Sully care for the kittens until they can be neutered or spayed for adoption. Like many who foster, they ended up adopting one of their charges, the 2-year-old calico, Kitty (right).

“(Sully) loves that cat, says Lorrie. He has a special affinity for that cat. He desperately wants her to be a lap-cat. Since the accident, she’s actually been leaning up against him.”

[PHOTO CREDIT: Chesley Sullenberger]

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