Fishtopher, a cat described as “very sad and depressed” and “out of sorts”, has found a new home with Laura Folts and Tanner Callahan.

The couple had jokingly discussed adopting a pet in the past. But when Folts shared the adoption listing of Fishtopher with her 24-year-old partner, he submitted an application and the shelter reverted back. 

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As the adoption listing of the sad-eyed cat Fisthopher was posted online, it amassed over 168,000 likes and 21,000 retweets. The shelter revealed on its Facebook page that it received ‘hundred of inquiries’ about Fishtopher.

Amongst all, the Baltimore duo arrived first at the shelter. They drove to Blackwood, New Jersey for two hours, and were the first to reach and adopt the cat. 

“I think a lot of people came in wanting to see him. And of the group of the first 10 people that were there at open, about eight or nine of them were there to see Fishtopher. And so they all got to pet him,” she said. “But we were the lucky ones to take him home.”

The couple revealed that fishtopher has created a few hideouts for himself, but is adjusting to the new space well. 

Folts has started documenting the journey of her new feline on her Instagram page, along with Twitter and Instagram accounts created on his name, which has garnered popularity online, to much surprise of Folts. 

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“It’s been really heartwarming how a lot of people are like, ‘You could tell how much happier he is,'” she said.

Folts and Callahan have expressed that they want to raise awareness for other animals, who are in need of a shelter. Folts frequently retweets photos and adoption listing of animal shelter. 

“I really hope people keep the same energy for other cats just because he is very unique in his look,” she said. “But also there other cats that are just as unique and special that need homes and also money … People wanted to send us money for food or just give us money because we adopted him. And I’m just like, ‘No, don’t. Give it to other cats who don’t have a home right now.'”