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NEENAH, Wisconsin (WBAY) – An Orphan Animal Rescue and Sanctuary (OARS) viral post on Facebook regarding a cat named Buster sparked a wave of inquiries to help the cat find its fur-forever home.
As Action 2 News reported last week, a recent post about six-year-old Buster went viral, shared a thousand times, and reached hundreds of thousands of people. The post says Buster did not have an easy life. He survived a winter outside. He was brought to the rescue with a dislocated hip, broken and infected teeth, frozen ears, scabs, club tail and more.
However, after receiving messages from people around the world – including from people in several other countries hoping to adopt the “great treasure” – volunteers say they are no longer accepting applications for Buster’s adoption. The sanctuary received hundreds of submissions as well as thousands of inquiries.
“What we did is narrow it down to a good fit for Buster, we met and greeted, people come in. But hoping to accommodate him, he can hopefully go home with his eternal family next week . ” “Said Heather Barber, Vice President of OARS.
Although the window has been closed for Buster, the charity has 13 more cats available for adoption and is always sharing posts about the other animals on their Facebook page.
Volunteers never expected Buster’s story to be this successful. The original post was shared more than 12,000 times and reached nearly 1.8 million people.
“When I released Buster, I saw the number of shares and likes keep going up and up and we discovered that he went viral and it hasn’t stopped, it continues to this day. So we’ve seen interest in Buster literally all over the world – from Europe, France, Australia, New Zealand, every state in the US, ”said Barber.
Volunteers at OARS said Buster had a difficult history before being taken to the rescue about a month ago, who was most likely abandoned or ran away.
“He had crusts all over his head, a burn on his head, and his tail is broken and crooked. He also had some infected canines and we ended up making an appointment for a dentist appointment and having them removed, ”said Jenny Gassner, Chief Medical Advisor at OARS.
“But I think when I talked to the prospective adopters, it seems like everyone is connected to Buster on some level, everyone has felt lost or abandoned, or doesn’t look quite right, or has health problems, and so it happens so in front of people and everyone just fell in love with him, ”explained Barber.
The post on Buster helped OARS remind people that there are 13 other cats that also need forever homes. As a non-profit organization, they rely exclusively on donations for everything.
“The fee for an adult cat is $ 50, which we put into neutering, spaying and spaying if it’s not done, all of their vaccines, everything, it costs hundreds to thousands of dollars for some of these cats,” said Billie Jorae who have favourited President of OAR.
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