by Caroline Golon
Talk about a great game plan to find a home! One homeless cat made a surprise appearance on an ice hockey rink that turned out to be the smartest play of her life.
According to Maddie’s Fund, the little black cat snuck out onto the ice during a San Jose Sharks hockey game, much to the surprise and delight of the players and the fans.
The tiny stray cat, weighing less than 2 pounds, slid around on the ice before she made it to the sidelines where she was scooped up by staff members and brought to safety. In return, the kitten brought the team luck – they won their game that day.
Then, when no one claimed the shy cat, the hockey team called in the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) to care for her.
She was named Jo Paw-velski, a female cat spin on Sharks captain Joe Pavelski’s name.
Fortunately for Jo, she’d already made quite an impression on the public with her brief hockey stint.
Finnegan Dowling, content marketing manager at HSSV said, “There was a ton of media interest in her, and a lot of people wanted to know how she was doing and what she was up to. Camera crews wanted to film her.”
The HSSV has a special room where they can broadcast the pets in their care live via their “MaddieCam,” which is what they did with Jo. The public loved it! Jo garnered a record of nearly 40,000 views on the MaddieCam page.
“The outpouring of support and concern for Jo was just amazing,” said Dowling. “The link got retweeted over and over, and shared by NHL.com, yahoo.com and a bunch of other media. It was amazing.”
The Sharks continued to want to help Jo, even featuring her MaddieCam feed on the jumbotron during a game.
Not surprisingly, lots of people wanted to adopt the sweet cat but one lucky family brought her home for good. “She was adopted by a lovely local family who are huge hockey fans. They were aware of her from the game – her being on the ice – and put their name in with us immediately when they found out she was with us,” said Dowling.
Even better, because Jo is so shy, the family adopted a second, more outgoing cat to keep her company.
“This whole experience has served as a good reminder that people are good and the animals have a lot more supporters than just the folks we see on our social media accounts. People want to do the right thing for animals,” said Dowling.