09/29/2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Meet Moose, a 3-year-old cat who needs an owner that will help get him back in shape.
At 25 lbs., the black domestic short-haired cat is morbidly obese. "He's too fat to get through my cat door to come upstairs," says foster mom Niki Lombardo, who has been caring for him for the past two weeks. "When he came to me, his name was Oreo. I changed it. I've never seen a cat this big."
Moose came to the Mount Olive TNR Project
of Budd Lake, N.J., via a good Samaritan who spotted the cat and his Calico pal wandering near her home. It's clear that Moose was once someone's well-fed feline. "He was somebody's cat," says Lombardo. "He sure as hell didn't gain 25 lbs. [alone]."
Declawed and healthy apart from his extra girth, Moose loves to cuddle and is okay being around other cats. He needs an owner who will monitor his diet, keep him active (by cat standards!) and give him lots of love.
"He's a big, chubby, sweet cat," she says. "He climbs on my lap every time I sit down. He walks on my lap and he's so fat his back legs hang off."
If you want to help Moose get back to a healthy weight, contact the Mount Olive TNR Project by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The organization is a volunteer-run, grassroots group that was established to help manage the feral cat population in the area through a trap-neuter-release program. To help them continue their efforts, donate via their website
to meet last week's adoptable pet, Phantom.