Poor big kitty! Sarah Barnett, ACCT Philly’s development and communications director, told me the cat was left in a dog crate on Sunday at the nonprofit's North Philly intake center. The front desk named her Lasagna.
Lasagna is nearly 30 pounds. And while Lasagna is a pretty active cat and the extra weight isn't currently causing her any health problems, it could in the future. Yes, chonky cats are cute and all—but they really do need to lose weight to live healthier, longer lives. Think how cute Lasagna will be when she can properly groom herself!
Barnett says ACCT Philly is seeing more obese cats coming in than usual in recent months. It's probably COVID-19 related, as pet owners are home all the time now and might be feeding their pets more than they need to. ACCT is dealing with COVID-19 issues itself; it was closed from March and only reopened in summer. Budget cuts—ACCT has contracts with the city—have forced more of its money to come from donations.
When I met Lasagna on Wednesday, she already had plenty of admirers. On Thursday, ACCT told me she'll be adopted out by day's end.
Made by Dan McQuade Additional production by Barry Petchesky Some b-roll courtesy of ACCT Philly Music by K. Liakos, Casey Wilcox/Epidemic Sound