All about dogs and cats: A news roundup
Quilty, a six-year-old cat, has become an internet darling after he was caught freeing himself and other cats from a room in the Friends for Life Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas. When he was put in solitary confinement, a set of photos of an angry Quilty serving time for his crime was posted online and drew sympathy for the smart, “mutinous” cat. Wellington quoted Jennifer Hopkins, the shelter’s communications person, as saying "Quilty can be a little difficult.” Quilty has been in the shelter for only a few months. When he arrived, however, the door of the room where he was kept was always found by the staff to be open and other cats have been out…or led to another room. "We would come in in the morning and have to collect all 15 of the cats who had had a blast during the night," Hopkins told Wellington. After reviewing the security footage, they saw the culprit was Quilty. He would jump up and pull the handle down on the door. “Three times, he managed to Houdini himself and the dozen or so other senior cats to freedom -- or, at least, another room,” Wellington wrote. They put him in a room, alone, while they Quilty-proofed the premises. “Pictures of the unjust confinement won the little insurgent thousands of fans on Facebook. It may be his resemblance to Smudge, the cat grimacing over a plate of salad that has become a well-worn meme. Feline malcontent, after all, is an eternal spring of humor,” Wellington wrote. “Whatever the reason, people are now clamoring to adopt the cat that, may we remind you, can open doors and is absolutely not sorry about it. In fact, according to Hopkins, Quilty's nickname at the shelter is ‘spicy a-hole.’ You can draw your own conclusions as to why,” Wellington said. Despite his antics, Quilty holds a special spot in the hearts of the shelter staff. Born in 2013, Wellington said Quilty was named after a character from the Vladimir Nobokov novel "Lolita" like the rest of his litter. “And, like his literary source material, the cat would prove to be problematic,” Wellington wrote. Hopkins shared that Quilty was adopted when he was a kitten but the owner had to move to a place where cats are not allowed. Quilty was brought back to the shelter. "We have a lifetime commitment for all of our animals to make sure they're safe. We spend a lot of time and effort on them," Hopkins said.