Don’t you love happy endings? Meet our cute baby animal of the day. A kitten rescued when the Coney Island Community Garden was being bulldozed was later found abandoned with his siblings in a carrier and taken to the City’s kill shelter. But in a fortunate turn of events, he was not only rescued again and adopted but now has his own Facebook page. “My name is Nicholas Aloysius, but my human calls me Nicholas the Ridiculous,” he says in his bio. “Sometimes I am a little silly when mama takes pictures of me.”
ATZ found out the lucky fate of the distraught-looking kitten in our post from last month (“Bunny Returns to Bulldozed Coney Island Garden, Kitten Euthanized”, January 8) when a friend read it and realized it was the same kitten that his friend Gisele had just adopted. One of Nick’s siblings had been euthanized by the ACC just before a rescuer arrived to save him and his sister.
Gisele Duprez started the page a few days after taking the kitten home from Faithful Friends Animal Hospital in Gravesend, where he had been brought from Animal Care & Control by PJ McKosky of the rescue group Empty Cages Collective. Dr. Jill Caruso and her staff were on the lookout for a special cat to keep Stella Mozzarella company after her previous companion died.
When we first started following Nicholas the Ridiculous’s Facebook page in mid-January, he was trying to befriend Stella Maria (aka Stella Mozzarella). In the photos and videos, the 8-year-old cat appears unimpressed yet patient with the kitten who quips “I am extra bratty this morning” in a caption. But Nick also says “I ♥ Stella Mozzarella.” It looks like he finally wore her down.
Empty Cages Collective is an all-volunteer organization. You can support the work they do for New York City’s animals by donating or volunteering to become a foster home and following their Facebook page.
Nicholas’s mother cat–she kept going back to look for her kittens on the bulldozed lot– and the other Boardwalk strays and ferals need your help too. ATZ is currently working with local rescue groups and individuals to launch a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program similar to Alley Cat Allies project on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. If you’d like to receive info about an upcoming meeting in Coney Island, here is a contact form to send Amusing the Zillion a private message with your email address:
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December 10, 2013: Update on Coney Island Cat ‘Snow Coney’ & His Family
April 1, 2013: Sea Rabbits Swim Ashore in Coney Island, Up For Adoption