By JOY BROWN
“Piper,” the reluctant stray cat who was coaxed out of a drain pipe at Donnell Middle School after spending three cold days there in January, recovered enough to be adopted.
Dana Berger, the Hancock County Humane Society’s animal control officer, said the friendly orange feline went to his new home on Jan. 24, two weeks after his ordeal.
Animal adoption records are private, but Berger said Piper, who is declawed and estimated to be about 12 years old, went to caregivers who promised to keep him indoors for the rest of his life.
Piper’s drain pipe predicament earned him national fame, with news organizations tracking efforts to rescue him and several people offering to adopt him.
He came out of the pipe in poor physical condition, showing signs that he’d been outside for some time and been in tussles with other animals.
But his pleasant demeanor endeared him to his rescuers and Findlay Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. David Calland, who nursed him back to health.
“He’s a happy cat, despite all his issues,” Calland said.
Piper’s popularity continues online. His Twitter handle that someone created is @StuckFindlayCat. He has 146 followers.
“New family is great, and home is open drain-pipe free!” a Wednesday posting proclaimed.