Update: Tony the Brooklyn Suitcase Cat Tests Positive for Feline Leukemia
Hopeful Happy Ending Update: As of 6:44pm E.S.T., the Homeless Animal Lifeline Facebook page posted the following update: "Russel is currently at Brooklyn AC&C filling out the final paperwork for Tony's adoption. She's approved and Tony is going HOME!!!" Here's an accompanying picture of Tony Suitcase traveling to his new home.
The trials of Tony, the cat found abandoned in a suitcase in a Brooklyn building lobby, continued over the weekend. He was diagnosed as testing positive for feline leukemia and still hasn't been safely adopted. As of now, he remains in New York City Animal Care and Control -- and time is ticking before he may be euthanized. (Despite the scary-sounding diagnosis, feline leukemia is actually a virus, not cancer, and cats who test positive for it can lead normal lives.)
We first brought you news of Tony's plight last week. If you missed it, here's a brief recap: Tony was left abandoned in a building lobby in the Prospect Lefferts Garden area of Brooklyn. A resident named Shannon Bennett posted up about him on Craigslist. After it seemed he was set to be picked up for adoption, he ended up at Animal Care and Control. (It's still not entirely sure how he was taken there, with Shannon blaming the super and some commentators suggesting he was picked up for publicity by Animal Care and Control.) A second cat was also found in the building, who seems to have been successfully adopted.
After testing positive for feline leukemia, the person who had said he would adopt Tony Suitcase (as I hope he's now formally called) backed out. According to the Homeless Animal Lifeline organization, which has become something of a point group for the case, Tony Suitcase is now with an Animal Care and Control foster.
The latest news on his status suggests that he has options for adoption, but that it is down to Animal Care and Control to process and approve them. A Facebook update reads: "His status is that there is a potential adopter as well as potential rescue backup with two separate groups. So, we just have to be patient and wait until we hear a decision!"
The person who seems to be Tony Suitcase's potential adopter, Russel Wiser, added this update on the application: "I called [Animal Care and Control] and they were not terribly helpful. My info was put down as a "memo" and when he comes off of the stray hold today I might be contacted if someone else doesn't reclaim or adopt him first. Apparently it is first come first served and I may not be the first in line."
The Homeless Animal Lifeline group speculate that it won't be until this evening at the earliest before another official update is given. In the meantime, if you are interested in adopting Tony Suitcase, please register your interest with Animal Care and Control (his ID number is A0989171). Remember, the more options Tony Suitcase has, the greater the chance he'll finally find a safe home.