Is Cardinals’ ‘Rally Cat’ in the middle of a looming custody battle?
The St. Louis Cardinals organization are among those behind the “thousands of inquiries” that have been made to a St. Louis animal shelter concerning the ultimate final custody of “Rally Cat.”
The feral feline of course became the latest “Rally [Insert Animal Here]” to take Major League Baseball by storm thanks to its appearance in the outfield at Busch Stadium during last Wednesday 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning (more on that here).
“Rally Cat,” currently housed at St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, will eventually be adopted once he is released from quarantine, a standard procedure at the shelter.
But who exactly will take on caring for “Rally Cat” remains uncertain. The shelter posted a statement on its Facebook page to address the issue.
“We’ve had thousands of inquiries from throughout the region, including many great organizations like the St. Louis Cardinals, in addition to many cat-loving individuals about adopting Rally,” the statement read in part.
The statement added the cat is “doing just fine” but hasn’t gained enough weight to be cleared of quarantine.
The Cardinals, who actually issued an official statement after “Rally Cat” went missing after the game, made its case to gain custody of the feline.
“The St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach organization has assured us they will be returning our cat to us after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period,” said Cardinals vice president of communications Ron Watermon, via the New York Post.
It’s obviously unclear at this time if “Rally Cat” will ultimately end up in the custody of the Cardinals organization. Either way, the Cardinals have already designated Sept. 10 as “Rally Cat Appreciation Day.” The hope is the cat will be healthy enough to make it to the event planned in his honor.
Rally Cat, everyone.