As Willy steadily progressed into becoming a highly adoptable Animal League America shelter pet, his future adopter, Tom Zukowski, was continuing to build a strong connection with the organization that provided him and his family with several family pets throughout the years. A staunch supporter of our no-kill mission for many years, Tom first saw Willy when his wife, Lori, showed him a picture of the handsome feline on Animal League America's Facebook page. At the time, the couple recently lost their beloved cat, Max, who they adopted over two years ago when he was a senior cat suffering from multiple medical ailments, so they couldn't find it within themselves to make the commitment just yet. But when Lori saw Willy's picture again several months later while scrolling through her news feed, the couple wanted nothing more than to provide the long-time shelter resident a loving home.
"My wife's always had an affinity for cats and when I saw how great it felt to give Max a home with everything he needed to live the rest of his life to the fullest, I was totally on board with doing the same for Willy," said Tom, an avid marathoner who has helped raise more than $13,000 to help animals. "He's such a loveable cat and it was really an emotional day when we took him home. Many of the people who work over there who have gotten to know him over the years were in tears saying goodbye to him. How could you not love an animal who's been through so much and persevered?"