NYC Cats Rescued After Decade in WTC Area Office Building's Boiler Room
Bob Marley and Ziggy were rescued a little over a month ago from a boiler room in Lower Manhattan, close to the World Trade Center site, where they lived for many years below ground. They have been in the care of Animal Haven NYC since their rescue and are now available for adoption. It goes without saying that the pair deserve to live out their remaining years in the best of circumstances.
Many thanks go to Suzi Anders, whose July 4 and July 11 videos of the boiler room kitties first brought them to our attention last month. Bob Marley was rescued first, with Ziggy being removed from the building some days later.
Animal Haven’s in-house video tells Bob Marley and Ziggy’s story. We see the cats in their dark, unwelcoming environment in the boiler room, and we see them as they are now, after a month of socialization and living above ground.
The cats inhabited the boiler room for an estimated 10 years, being cared for by building employees; then their lives changed when a new employee contacted Animal Haven and they were removed. The boiler room footage indicates that the cats lived a less than ideal life. They are, understandably, closely bonded and the shelter hopes to rehome them together.
Animal Haven introduces the video as such:
We are Bob Marley and Ziggy and up until about a month ago, we lived our whole lives in the boiler room of an office building down by the World Trade Center. We were being fed by janitorial staff but that was the extent of our care. When Animal Haven came to get us, our hair was so matted, it looked like dreadlocks. After several attempts at trying to rescue us, the shelter staff was finally able to remove us from the basement and bring us back to the shelter where we have been enjoying the fresh air, and the lack of heat and cockroaches. We are both very sweet and gentle. We would love to be adopted together because we have spent our whole lives side by side and would most likely not do well if separated.
Contact and adoption information is available at Animal Haven’s website.
Suzi made videos of her visits with the cats on July 4 and 11, as their lives so drastically changed.: