The 10-month-old male cat is very playful despite a mild heart condition

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 08, 2011 09:00 PM

Home. Some cats and dogs never have one to call their own. We want to change that by introducing you to an extraordinary homeless pet every week. Today, we’d like you to meet Chatters, a young cat who was forced to flee a hurricane this summer, like so many people across the U.S.

In June, the North Shore Animal League rescued Chatters from the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society of Springfield, Mass., where the shelter was making room for an influx of animals affected by a hurricane. Ten-month-old Chatters was one of 24 cats relocated to the group’s Port Washington, N.Y., headquarters.

The tuxedo cat is friendly, active and loves to play. “He’s very gentle,” says kennel manager Alex Babs. “He likes to swat at you but very playfully.”

Chatters doesn’t even let his mild heart condition slow him down. “He has a heart murmur, but it’s not a threat to his life expectancy at all,” says Babs, adding that the cat requires medication and regular checkups. “He’s in great shape, he’s going to fill out more in the next few months.”

As handsome as Chatters is, he’s not a fan of photo ops. “We were just trying to take pictures of him,” says Babs, “and he kept swatting at the camera.”

If Chatters sounds like the pal you’ve been looking for place an inquiry via the Animal League’s website.

Established in 1944, the North Shore Animal League prides itself as the leader of the no-kill movement. The Port Washington shelter is open 365 days a year and is constantly working to find homes for animals rescued from overcrowded shelters, unwanted litters and owners who have surrendered them.

Click here to meet last week’s adoptable pet, Trixie.