Cat Holds Out Hope, Waits In Same Spot Since Being Abandoned

A cat has occupied the same manhole cover for about a year at the site where it last saw its owners.

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This cat returns daily to the same spot, despite owners leaving it there long ago. Via  Patrick Lean/Facebook
This cat returns daily to the same spot, despite owners leaving it there long ago. Via Patrick Lean/Facebook

“Hope” is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson said. And fur, we say.

A cat in Russia has sat every day on the same spot where it was abandoned about a year ago, according to The Daily Mail. People began to notice the lonely tabby in 2015, when it was photographed on the manhole cover it occupies in Belgorod. It has reportedly returned every day.

The story emerged on VKontakte, the Russian equivalent to Facebook, by user Ostap Zadunayskiy, who posted about the cat after finding out that its owners once lived nearby before selling their apartment and leaving.

Locals feed the lonely cat who occupies the same spot where it last saw its owners. Via Dr. Farrah Gray/Facebook

Apparently, locals saw the abandoned animal run after its owners when they drove away. Witnesses claim the cat has sat at the same spot where it was left ever since.

Zadunayskiy praised locals who continue to feed the cat over the years. Some commenters on his posted story said that could have more to do with the cat staying in the same spot.

Others, like us, blame it on a broken heart.

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  • I’m so sad!

    nutavan April 7, 2016 8:43 am Reply
  • I would rescue the kitty but I don’t know where that cat is, I would take good care of it and enjoy him!

    Rebecca Hermes April 7, 2016 8:51 am Reply
  • So mean not to take him home guys

    George feelgood April 7, 2016 8:52 am Reply
  • Where’s the kitty located at?

    Rebecca Hermes April 7, 2016 8:52 am Reply
    • In Russia

      Ren April 7, 2016 9:19 am Reply
  • I would go over there and adopt this baby in a heartbeat! Shame on those people for abandoning this poor kitty! Karma’s a bitch!

    Lynn April 7, 2016 8:53 am Reply
  • Why hasn’t someone taken him in? Poor kitty. Please give him a new home with people that will love him!

    Jody April 7, 2016 9:10 am Reply
    • At least he is fed everyday by strangers! Would be nice if it had a new home.

      Andrea April 7, 2016 10:30 pm Reply
  • I pray for a miracle that this beautiful tabby cat find a life time home. Such a sad sad story and this poor cat just wants love love love. How depressing and please someone step up and care for this baby!

    Lisa April 7, 2016 9:12 am Reply
    • This kitty has been depressed and wishful thinking that the “owners” would come back. No animal deserves to live like this. This kitty just wants love again and a warm heart with food, water & shelter and a nice warm bed with treats. I pray someone finds a life time home for this beautiful tabby cat.

      Lisa April 7, 2016 9:17 am Reply
  • How heartbreaking! I agree why hasn’t someone opened their heart
    and home to this cat. So unfair. If a person/family can’t make a commitment
    all the way through…with an animal they have no business having one!!

    Carol April 7, 2016 9:26 am Reply
  • It breaks my heart to see stories like this. Abandonment should be criminalized – animals have feelings, too! Although I loved to know that people keep feeding him ever since, no animal deserves to endure humans’ cold-heartedness and selfishness. May the person who abandoned him have no more joy in his life!

    Joao Paulo Soares April 7, 2016 9:28 am Reply
  • How can people be so cruel, I would never leave a pet. Wish I could help, then again I want to help all creatures and humans that have been given a injustice. Please somebody step In to help.

    Linda April 7, 2016 9:34 am Reply
  • I live in Australia and if I had the money i would give this poor heart broken feline a forever home…why cant someone in Russia give the cat a forever home…this makes me sad beyond any compassion i have for humans. I send a prayer to the universe to please give this kitty a beautiful human and live happily with love and safety.

    Kristy April 7, 2016 9:38 am Reply
  • How can you adopt the cat? Is there anyone that can be contacted?

    Charisma April 7, 2016 10:02 am Reply
  • Ship him to me and he will never worry about food care or love. You can check w my vet. I live in Foristell, Missouri.

    Sharon April 7, 2016 10:10 am Reply
  • This so sad. Is there no rescue or shelters that could take this poor thing in?

    Bee Jay April 7, 2016 1:02 pm Reply
  • The poor cat, I can’t understand why nobody has given the cat a forever home yet, please somebody adopt it without wasting any more time, its very scary for that poor cat to be all alone. Please Adopt the cat. I would be there in a heartbeat but live far away in South Africa. The poor cat needs a loving home.

    Raven April 7, 2016 1:12 pm Reply
  • Apparently the people really are cold in Russia.

    ModestGoddess April 7, 2016 1:13 pm Reply
  • No cat no matter where they are deserve a safe and comfy home.????

    Erik MacNeil April 7, 2016 3:24 pm Reply
  • I pray that this poor kitty finds people that will adopt him and give him love and warm home. This is so heartbreaking to know this kitty is so sad!
    Please please please will someone help????????????????????????????????????

    Susan April 7, 2016 4:45 pm Reply
  • Why in the bloody hell has someone, taken him in???? I’m crying my eyes out. Please share that this cat gets adopted and loved. THIS IS HEART BREAKING

    catherine lingg April 7, 2016 6:47 pm Reply
  • You are amazing darling. .If i could have you i would. .I hope someone out there takes you under there wing and gives you a warm and toasty bed with a home full of love and compassion..You so deserve it beautiful. .
    And to the the RATS that left you behind ROT IN HELL. .

    Tanya April 7, 2016 7:22 pm Reply
  • I hope someone can rescue and adopt this cat. I would. Poor kitty left all alone. I would love to rescue this cat.

    Michaela April 8, 2016 3:15 am Reply
  • Someone, please, please adopt this poor cat

    ps April 8, 2016 3:54 am Reply
  • What is wrong with people? How can you just abandon your pets? Why doesn’t someone rescue this beautiful baby and give her a loving home? How sad!!

    Patty April 8, 2016 5:28 am Reply
  • I would have taken it home. Why wasn’t he rescued? So cruel.

    irene schulz April 8, 2016 6:55 am Reply
  • Poor baby. He looks so sad!

    Kathy S April 8, 2016 5:07 pm Reply
  • I’ll take that kitty. Just send her to me. She will never want for anything ever again.

    junae April 8, 2016 6:45 pm Reply
  • Yes, please, where can we find out this kitties location; besides the obviously stated Russia? There are groups out there that will do a foster transfer to other countries to make sure the cat is safe in a foster or forever home. Id like to get this article to one of those groups.

    Jenny April 8, 2016 8:47 pm Reply
  • In a whole year I can’t believe that NO ONE has shown any compassion and taken him in, he’s beautiful, people have just walked on by oblivious to the poor creatures suffering, what does that say about them? Not a society I would like to live in.

    Ronabhoo April 11, 2016 12:58 am Reply

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