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Illustration by Krieg Barrie

(Illustration by Krieg Barrie)

Quick Takes

Eponymous rescue

A few days after a Lynchburg, Va., television station featured a black cat with an unusual name up for adoption, a new owner has been tracked down. During its annual Clear the Shelters initiative, WSLS featured a cat named “Dennis Quaid” for adoption. The NBC affiliate credited the cat with a “big heart” and noted he “likes to curl up on the couch.”

Days later, actor and pet podcaster Dennis Quaid reached out to the Lynchburg Humane Society saying he’d like to adopt the cat for his office. After a Zoom meeting between the cat and actor with the same name, Quaid’s Pet Show podcast co-host Jimmy Jellinek said he would fly out to Virginia to retrieve the cat. “Just couldn’t resist. I had to,” WSLS quoted Quaid saying. “I’m out to save all the Dennis Quaids of the world.” He also offered a suggestion: “Maybe they should start naming animals in shelters after different celebrities and see who bites.”


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