Heartbroken ‘Fishtopher’ Proves How Love Can Change Everything

A five-year-old marbled tabby named Fishtopher was found as a stray in New Jersey. He was very sweet and easy-going and had probably been someone’s pet once. And certainly, that name must be one of the best cat names ever!

This handsome, marbled tabby cat had struggled as a stray with those big tomcat puffy cheek jowls. Many people really do love how they look, but they are a means of self-defense as they get into fights. Once neutered, though, they will usually get smaller, as if deflating. 

But in the shelter, this cat was feeling deflated and probably very worried about what would happen to him next.

A Fishtopher Out of Water 

Fishtopher’s sad Pefinder pictures and story from Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center could have easily been overlooked as with most adult cats. He looked so very sad and downtrodden. And he was, as most cats are when their world gets turned upside down and they go to a shelter.

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 6

“Fishtopher is not a fish out of water, but he is out of sorts at the shelter. He is very sad and depressed and will only eat when he has company,” stated his now classic adoption profile.

But once his incredibly forlorn picture was shared on social media, he went mega-viral, even appearing in People and The Washington Post. Suddenly, thousands of people wanted to adopt the FIV+ kitty! At the least, everyone wanted to give the lovable “big cheeky boy” the “chin rubs,” that he enjoyed.

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 5

But it was a couple from Baltimore,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, who drove 100 miles and arrived an hour early that got the chance to adopt him.

The power of sharing and social media was evident. As a result, at least seven other cats at the same shelter found homes that day. They were just as wonderful and worthy, although not quite as internet-famous, proving that every cat’s story deserves to be heard.

A Fabulous Transfurmation

Everyone celebrated when he found a loving home. But then things got even better when the power of love made an epic transfurmation in the kitty’s appearance! 

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 3

Images via Instagram/Mister Fishtopher

He went from looking repressed to looking pawsitively radiant in just a month. His eyes and ears weren’t drooping anymore. With time, he came fully out of his shell and wasn’t recognizable from his famously sad shelter pictures.

“Suns out, tums out.”

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 4

On the kitty’s popular social media, a video shows the contrast in how happy he looked to have a caring home.

Yes, this is the same cat, believe it or not!

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 1

“I know kindness exists because I am kind. I know hope exists because I have hope. I know love exists because I love❤️,” shared Mister Fishtopher.

Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center in Blackwood, New Jersey, Baltimore, Maryland,  Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan, Fishtopher, tabby cat, rescued stray cat, FIV+, cheek jowls, 2

Love Means Everything

Love made all the difference, and that’s true for all of us. It means everything, and you can see it so clearly with this kitty! Given love, he’s living like a King without a care in the world. It’s really all we need.

“VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Two images of Fishtopher, a brown tabby cat with green eyes, before he was adopted. He looks a little sad in both images, head low and looking up. The text reads “To be loved…” The next text overlays reads, “is to be changed’”. These last two images show him now, in his forever home. The first image, he stands up at looks at the camera with wide eyes. The last image is a screenshot of Fishtopher and Mr Lover, an orange cat, sitting side by side,” shared Mister Fishtopher.

Fishing for a Furtastic Future!

Today, Fishtopher and friends are doing great. He’s been fishing with Mr. Lover and having the greatest time. And ,wonderfully, his story is still helping cats at Homeward Bound, including with these cute T-shirts.

“Fishing for Fishtopher!! what a silly guy.”

“VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Fishtopher, a brown tabby cat sits in and jumps out of the top of a pop-up cat tent. Mr Lover, an orange tabby, sits outside the tent and watches the cat toy and Fishtopher.”

You can follow Fishtopher and friends on Instagram at Mister Fishtopher. You can also follow New Jerseys’ Homeward Bound Adoption Center on Facebook and Instagram.

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