A very large, very charismatic cat is breaking the internet ― or at least the website of the animal shelter where he’s up for adoption.
Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia tweeted two photos of the hefty tabby, BeeJay, in the arms of animal care attendant Lacy Curtis.
“OMG, big boi Mr. B is a CHONK,” the shelter wrote. “He’s a chonk of a chonk. He redefines the term.”
“He’s a *very* large cat, and also overweight,” shelter social media coordinator Dan Solomon told HuffPost via Twitter.
Solomon said that BeeJay was surrendered to the shelter on Tuesday by a family that could no longer care for him.
“What we’ve seen of his personality so far, he seems very quiet and laid back and sweet,” said Solomon.
Since the photos went out on social media, BeeJay’s popularity has been so intense that the vast numbers of people seeking more information crashed the shelter’s website, which Solomon noted was still down as of Thursday night.
Luckily for anyone interested in adopting him, more information about BeeJay ― and the rest of the shelter’s animals ― is still accessible via Petfinder.
And if BeeJay's numerous fans and admirers online are any indication, he'll have no trouble finding a home.
Best of luck to Mr. B!
UPDATE: Aug. 29 ― After receiving more than 3,000 adoption applications for Mr. B., Morris Animal Refuge announced Thursday on social media that he had been placed with a foster family.
“Mr. B has some underlying health and behavioral issues that will need exceptional care and attention,” the shelter wrote. “Because of this, we have placed Mr. B with one of our dedicated foster families who has experience working with cats that have behavioral and medical issues. This family hasn’t just dealt with these issues in other cats, they have embraced them.”
According to the shelter, the goal is for the foster family to ultimately become Mr. B’s “forever home.”