35-Pound D.C. Fat Cat Gets Adopted, On Track To Healthy New Life

Symba's new family is committed to helping the 6-year-old tabby lose weight.

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Fat cat Symba and his new family
The big cat found a new family just 24 hours after photos of shelter staff struggling to hold him went viral. Via Humane Rescue Alliance/Facebook
Stephanie Brown

A large-and-in-charge cat who made headlines last week after he was surrendered to a Washington, D.C. animal shelter has been adopted.

Symba, who weighs a whopping 35 pounds, has found a new family who is committed to helping the 6-year-old ginger tabby get healthy.

“Symba’s new adopters are dedicated to getting him healthy by continuing on his current diet and exercise plan, and most importantly giving him the love and care he deserves so he can thrive long term,” Humane Rescue Alliance wrote on Facebook.
 

HRA staff have seen a lot — but we’ve never seen a 35 pound cat! At 6-years-old, Symba is bigger than a lion cub and we…

Posted by Humane Rescue Alliance on Thursday, June 15, 2017

 
Symba came to Humane Rescue Alliance after his owner moved into an assisted living center, which doesn’t allow pets. He was the largest cat HRA staff had ever seen. To help him lose weight, staff placed Symba on a special diet and exercise program. His goal weight is about 18 to 20 pounds.

Photos of staff holding the large cat went viral and prompted lots of interest from potential adopters. On Friday, Symba went to go live with his new family.
 

Symba Finds New Home

We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and well wishes for sweet Symba. We are even more thrilled that we were able to help Symba find a loving, new home today! Symba’s new adopters are dedicated to getting him healthy by continuing on his current diet and exercise plan, and most importantly giving him the love and care he deserves so he can thrive long term. We’ll be rooting for you Symba!

Posted by Humane Rescue Alliance on Friday, June 16, 2017

 
“We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and well wishes for sweet Symba,” HRA wrote on Facebook. “We are even more thrilled that we were able to help Symba find a loving, new home today!”

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