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NYPD rescued Gwen the cat; ASPCA says she's ready to be adopted

Gwen the cat was abandoned in an East Harlem apartment, left along with two dogs to fend for themselves. But less than three months later, this 2-year-old kitty is ready for a new home.

Police found Gwen on Dec. 15 when they responded to a call about a gas odor on East 116th Street. There, they found the dark gray kitty with piercing yellow eyes and two dogs, a Shih Tzu and a Chihuahua.

The building super said the animals had been abandoned by the tenants who lived there, but were long gone, police said.

The dogs are still working with the ASPCA’s behavioral and medical staff, but Gwen is ready for a new home. Since being rescued, Gwen has become a fixture in the ASPCA’s offices.

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"Gwen is a sweet cat that greets you with her unique chirps! She will start chirping the minute she sees you," Christina Lee, the ASPCA animal behavior counselor for the Anti-Cruelty Team, said in a statement. "She will come to you when she wants affection, offering her back to be petted! Gwen really enjoys the company of human companions -- even preferring to eat in their presence."

She can take awhile to warm up to people, but she will let you know when she's in the mood to be pet. Her caregivers at the ASPCA suggest Gwen's adopter allow her to sniff them before petting her, and offer petting in small doses.

Gwen's favorite snack is crunchy cat treats, Lee
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Gwen's favorite snack is crunchy cat treats, Lee said, and she has even started perfecting the act of demanding them -- she rubs her head or neck on her caregivers' hands to ask for one.

Gwen may be able to live with a small, polite dog, and is perfect for an experienced cat parent.

Anyone interested in adopting Gwen can call the ASPCA's Adoption Center at 212-876-7700, ext. 4120.


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