Cat Goes From Rags To Riches, Thanks to Facebook
Four months ago, a grimy and dehydrated Persian cat was wandering the streets of Brooklyn searching for anything even vaguely resembling a meal. But today, he's a star.
And Facebook made it happen.
Architect and screenwriter Kathryn Walton noticed the bedraggled feline snooping around her yard. She had already taken in litters of kittens born to feral cats on her block and couldn't take this new cat indoors.
Not content to let the poor Persian continue to scrounge for his supper, she took a photo of him and hung "Found" posters around her neighborhood. She then took the stray cat, now named Martini, to her veterinarian, who boards animals in need. The clinic's facility was full, too, but they immediately posted the cat's photo on their Facebook page.
Animal lover Lisa Alexander saw the picture and shared it with her Facebook friend Ada Nieves, a Manhattan pet clothing designer.
It was love at first sight, and Nieves adopted the Persian kitty into her family of Chihuahuas.
"His misfortune was my good luck," Nieves said.
Nieves' dogs have appeared on Animal Planet and in Reebok commercials, and have had their photos taken for GQ, Vogue and other glossy magazines.
Soon the now-gorgeous Martini joined her roster of celebrity pets.
He has already appeared on Animal Planet's "Cats 101" and recently wrapped up a shoot for a national ad campaign. Martini has modeled Nieves' couture kitty collections at several animal benefit events in New York.
Walton is delighted with the happy ending in Martini's story. "I knew he had fallen into the right hands," she said.
Although Facebook was originally designed to connect people and long-lost friends, Martini is just one of the hundreds of stray cats that have found loving homes, been rescued from "death row" at kill shelters, and received critical veterinary treatment, thanks to people who use the social network for the good of the feline cause.
"[Martini] was sick and no one wanted him, but he is now perfect and spoiled," Alexander said.
[Source: New York Daily News]