Last week, Lil BUB spent a day playing CEO at the ASPCA to raise awareness for pets with special needs and to celebrate her BIG Fund for the ASPCA grant program, which has raised over $75,000 this year for organizations that care for special needs animals. She lead conference calls, hung out with the staff, and met some of the pets that benefited from her BIG Fund grants.
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Meet Tucker, a sweet cat who, like feline celeb Lil Bub, was born with genetic abnormalities that give her an adorably unique look. Tucker’s former family was unable to care for her, so she currently lives at Purrfect Pals, a shelter in Washington that cares for special needs cats. The one-year-old kitteh is looking for a loving forever home. Not all of Tucker’s joints are constructed normally, so she needs special accommodations not to hurt herself. She also has an auto-immune disease that makes her skin bruise easily, so she (adorably) wears cat-sized T-shirts to stay safe. Tucker also suffers from hair loss. She adores children, being pet under the chin, and playing with string toys. Tucker’s adorable face makes an easy candidate for kitty internet stardom alongside Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat, but Tucker hardly has expectations of the celebrity life. All she longs for is to spend her days sitting on laps and sharing love with a human family. Could you be her new owner (and if it strikes you, her internet showbiz manager/meme creator)? If you’re interested or just would like to help other kitties in her plight, you can adopt Tucker here or make a donation to Purrfect Pals here. Hang in there, Tucker! [Examiner, BuzzFeed] [Image via Purrfect Pals]
We live in an era when “found footage” of Internet cat Lil Bub is treated as if someone found an old video of Jennifer Lawrence singing in her high school’s production of “The Sound Of Music.” It’s Lil Bub! At eight weeks old! Like all kittens, she is painfully adorable, but most noteworthy to me is that her face isn’t fucked up-looking yet. Like, her tongue is still resting inside her mouth normally. The tongue protrusion must have happened in kitty adolescence, poor thing. [YouTube]
It’s a daily habit that has turned into a daily ritual: I settle onto the train with my coffee, pull my iPhone from out of my purse, and click open my Instagram app to see what Pudge is up to. Pudge (above) isn’t a friend’s cat or a family member’s cat or even a cat I’ve met in real life. Pudge is an Internet-famous cat. She’s my favorite Internet-famous cat.
I love and always have loved cats — at one point, my parents had nine cats when I was growing up — and even I can admit that sometimes being a pet owner is a pain in the butt. With Pudge, I can look at cute pictures and videos in small doses when I feel like it … and then put my phone back in my purse and not have to deal with anyone clawing at the bedroom door while I’m trying to have sex.
After the jump, here are 10 reasons Internet-famous cats are better than real cats — in GIFs!
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I consider Lil Bub meeting Grumpy Cat as akin as to when Churchill met with Roosevelt. The two greatest cat powers on the continent, combining forces for cuteness. Watch as Bub and Grumps warily address one another at the second annual Internet Cat Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is my couch space, Bub says, tongue out, head forward. O RLY? Grumpy Cat responds, unsure of whether to tentatively put one paw forward for peace. How did the meeting end? WIth lots of purrs, we hope. [YouTube]
Don’t get me wrong, I am not about to complain about this choice photograph of Robert De Niro clutching Lil Bub at the Tribeca Film Festival Directors Brunch. However. As an animal lover, I do have my concerns that Bub’s saturation level has passed the point of Internet sensation and entered exploitation territory. Bub is but a very brief, very lovely shooting star in our mortal universe, not meant to stick around long, and I fear for her well-being when she is being paraded around at huge events with large crowds like so. But nobody else seems to be worried about this, so I should probably just shut my mouth. At least Mr. De Niro seems to be handling her with care.