"We don't want to see a market for Asian leopard cats and other wild cats like servals simply so breeders can keep up with the demand for hybrids," Bass said. "There are millions of domestic cats in shelters who would make wonderful pets." Right now, there are an estimated 3.4 million cats in U.S. shelters alone.
In addition to Thor, Cucicov and De Coster take care of two strays who live on their street, feeding them every day. They even made a shelter in their garden for the cats to sleep in. "Every animal deserves to be taken care of," they said.
When an animal like Thor goes viral, the danger is that people forget about these homeless cats, whose unique beauty can't even be named.