A famously fat cat who went viral after an Illinois rescue advertised that he was up for adoption now has a permanent home.
Bruno, a 7-year-old cat who weighs 25 pounds, caught the attention of thousands of people when the Wright-Way Rescue in Chicago posted his bio on their Facebook page. He is a polydactyl, meaning he has extra toes.
“There's a lot of me to love! I am perfectly healthy other than being overweight. I am on a diet, though. I am walking, playing, and doing tricks like this to lose some weight,” the post said.
After some fierce competition, Bruno has a new home with his owner Lauren Paris and her boyfriend, Jason Bartlett.
Paris went above and beyond for her application, sending in letters of recommendation and even performing a song written specifically for Bruno.
The shelter specified “the more EXTRA” the applications, the better, because Bruno is quite dramatic himself.
Paris said Bruno immediately caught her eye when she saw the rescue's post. She had already been searching for a cat to adopt.
“I just freaked out at my desk. I was like, 'That’s our cat,'” Paris said.
On Monday, she was told her application to adopt Bruno was approved.
“I got a call at work and I was kind of laugh-crying for 45 minutes,” Paris said.
He moved in with the couple on Tuesday. They said they have him on an organic diet.
“His transition has just been seamless,” Paris added.