Abandoned cat gets new lease on life, as well as home and job in Osaka
The feline was due to be put down after nobody showed up to claim it, but staff at a prefectural animal center here were so taken by the animal that they decided to keep it and make it their mascot.
Nyankichi has even been featured in the prefectural government’s website under the title of “deputy to the center chief” to educate dog owners about vaccination against rabies and other important pet details.
The cat was discovered with a fractured jaw in Kaizuka, a city in southern Osaka Prefecture, last February. It was taken to the animal center in Osaka’s Higashinari Ward, which serves as a pound for dogs and cats that are separated from their owners.
Takashi Horikoshi, chief of the center and a veterinarian, said Nyankichi was about 2 years old or so when it arrived at the facility.
“The cat must have been injured in a car accident,” said Horikoshi, 59. “His left eye is still slightly clouded.”
Source: Asahi Shimbun
I hope there's a no-kill shelter in Japan...or all over the world. Nyankichi would really approve that...
Reminds me of that "Rent-a-cat" movie