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Homeless Cat Shows It Actually Pays To Look Like Adam Driver

<p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/MonmouthCountySPCA/photos/a.140427893662.110304.140417668662/10153328773043663/?type=3&theater">MCSPCA</a>/<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Driver#/media/File:Adam_Driver_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpg"><u>Gage Skidmore</u></a> <span></span></p>

The Force was undoubtedly with this little guy. Resembling the red light-saber wielding leader of the Dark Side actually turned out pretty well for him.

Corey, a two-and-a-half-year-old Oriental shorthair, found himself at the center of a very hot internet debate this past weekend when his striking resemblance to actor Adam Driver, who plays the nefarious villain Kylo Ren in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," was brought up in a tweet by Marci Robin, executive editor of the beauty website xoVain.

"Corey came to us a few weeks ago as an owner surrender in search of his forever home," Lindsay Sanator, development marketing and media coordinator at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Jersey, told The Dodo. She described him as a lovable, social cat with no behavioral problems. "He loved to be pet, held and was a very vocal kitty, always soliciting attention."

Kylo Ren wasn't the only comparison Corey garnered as his image started to go viral, making him wanted by many - but also memed by many.

"His photo instantly spread and within hours had hundreds of shares. There were comments saying he looked like Yoda, Dobby the Elf and of course Kylo Ren," Sanator said.


One woman in particular fell absolutely head over heels for Corey once she saw his image on Facebook. She made the hour-long trek from a galaxy far, far away (Brooklyn, New York) to Eatontown, New Jersey, just to adopt him.

Emily McCombs, executive editor at Elite Daily and Corey's new owner, has since started an Instagram account for him.

"I didn't adopt Corey because he was going viral on the internet. I adopted him because I loved him," McCombs said in a piece on Corey's adoption, also adding that Corey seems to have a personality that's more like a dog than cat. According to her, it didn't take Corey long to make himself right at home. He never wants to be alone and loves his kitty tummy rubs. McCombs and her boyfriend have since officially renamed Corey to Kylo Ren.

This story just goes to show how a dash of social media, mixed with celebrity intrigue and the hard work of a proactive shelter, can go a long way, like in the case of Lisa Vanderpump and her new adoptee, Prince Harry.

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