Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Sebastian.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: I've got to be honest with you. The pickings are pretty slim around here. My shelter people have sent so many cats and kittens to new homes lately that there are not many left to pick from. However, I see Charlie and Chaplin are still here. Poor guys — looks like they need a BFF. OK, my new BFFs are Charlie and Chaplin. They take a while to warm up, but they are nice boys. When you stop by to check me out, please make their acquaintance also. They need to go home, too!
Q: Do you have a job at the shelter?
A: Let's be realistic, shall we? Please check out my picture and my pose. Do I look like I'm available for even a light duty job? So, in a few words, not only no — but heck no!
Q: If you could meet someone famous who would that be?
A: I am really surprised that none of our felines that you have interviewed said that they would like to meet Grumpy Cat. Let me tell you a few things about her. Her real name is Tardar Sauce, and in case you don't know about her, she is an American internet celebrity. She is known for her permanently "grumpy" facial appearance, which is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. But I understand that Grumpy Cat isn't really cranky at all, and I would love to meet her one day.
Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would that be?
A: So, I was checking out some travel brochures, and I came across this very interesting possibility for a trip. It is the Yuri Kuklachev Cat Theatre and it is in Moscow, Russia! Most of the actors in this theater are cats! It is not well-known outside of Russia, but I plan on spreading the word. If I have a chance to travel anyplace in the world, it would be to Moscow so I could take in a performance at this unique place.
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: I do. Did you know that some cats have survived falls from over 32 stories onto concrete? This is true and is due largely to a special mechanism in felines. We have what is called a "righting reflex" that enables us to land upright and on our paws. There is a significant "ouch" upon landing, but without that reflex it could be really bad. And no, I am not going to test out this ability any time soon.
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: I do! The Christmas frenzy is over, but the holidays and partying continue for several more days. Please make a special effort to keep things cool for your pets. Please ensure they don't help themselves to the box of chocolates under the tree or eat anything that might cause them distress or even worse. We depend on you to keep us safe and healthy — not only now, but all year-long. And, on behalf of my shelter friends and people, we all wish you a peaceful and happy 2019. And if you find yourself in need of a new feline friend, please stop by to check me out. Thank you and love, Sebastian and friends.