Quilty the car, Texas’ only feline escape artist, often helped other cats in her shelter escape from their enclosures. Finding it hysterical, the Friends for Life Animal Shelter shared a hilarious post about Quilty. In the end, it helped find him a forever home! Read on to discover Quilty’s fantastic story…
Quilty The Cat, An Escape Artist
All cats are wonderful, but some are certainly a little naughtier than others. One of those is Quilty, a six-year-old tabby cat, who loved helping his fellow shelter cats escape their enclosures! The Shankshaw Redemption-esque act occurred multiple times over the past few months, until shelter workers made his enclosure “Quilty-proof,” with a broom and cord. As you can see in the photo above, Quilty longed for freedom!
The Friends for Life animal shelter, located in Texas, uploaded a hilarious post about Quilty’s shenanigans. “Quilty will not be contained. And he has no shame. Quilty loves to let cats out of the senior room. Repeatedly. Several times a day. We have since Quilty-proofed the cat room, while he took a brief hiatus in the lobby. His roommates missed him while he was banished to the lobby. They enjoyed their nighttime escapades around the shelter. The staff, however, did not miss the morning cat wrangling, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree there.”
The shelter finished the post by encouraging his fans to meet Quilty at the shelter. The workers hoped that by sharing Quilty’s “crimes,” they would not only raise awareness of the shelter but also find Quilty a loving forever home. However, the shelter never expected the post to go as viral as it did! Within just a few days, the post had garnered 20,000 shares, 26,000 likes, and thousands of comments!
A while later, on Halloween, the shelter shared an update on Quilty’s situation. Once again, he had escaped! “Quilty’s review with the parole board was denied, so he released himself of his own recognizance today. He felt that confinement had nothing more to offer him. He has been returned to solitary.”
While they hadn’t found a home for Quilty the cat yet, the shelter still felt hopeful they would soon. They even opened an Instagram account with the handle Free_Quilty and started a hashtag – #FreeQuilty. The shelter staff posted hilarious captions with Quilty’s photo, calling to “free” him. And, indeed, that day soon came…
A Happy Ending
In the end, Quilty the cat found a forever home, all thanks to his Instagram page. A few weeks after his adoption, his new owner updated Quilty’s status on Instagram and the shelter’s website.
“Hi! I just wanted to give you a Quilty update! He is doing really well,” his new owner wrote. “He hasn’t tried to hide at all and loves to be in the bed or on the couch snuggled up with one of us, he sleeps under my covers with me like a dog lol. [Quilty] doesn’t really like the 2 dogs but they leave him alone so there aren’t any problems really, he just doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. I am hoping with a little time, he will get used to them. He hasn’t shown any slickness at all yet; he is the most loving and affectionate cat I have ever met!”
After a test trial in his new home, the final verdict came in. “I’m probably overloading y’all with updates and photos,” Quilty’s adopter wrote. “He is already so much a part of our family that even in this short time, I can’t imagine him being in any shelter without a bed to snuggle in and people to spoil him (even though your shelter is awesome!).”
Now, Free_Quilty Instagram is dedicated to finding homes for the other animals in the shelter. Check it out, and if you’re in Texas, you should definitely considering adopting a pet friend for life!