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Adopt Bella the Boy

Male Domestic Short Hair

If you have questions about Bella the Boy please contact

Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Inc.

No public phone number listed

About Bella the Boy

Bella is a very special guy. Not just because he likes to wear sweaters or because he rocks one of the most popular female pet names. And it’s not even his origin story, although that’s a good one: Bella was rescued several years ago, totally emaciated, from a playground in Fort Greene. For some reason, no one decided to check under his tail for a while, so he was named Bella (partially because he was thought to be a different cat, but that’s a whole other story). For many years, he lived happily atop the counter and shelves of neighborhood pet store Who’s Your Doggy, until their Fort Greene location closed. We weren’t sure if Bella would enjoy a home life, so we offered him a chance in a foster home and HE WAS SO HAPPY. So now it’s time for this weary traveler to find his forever home. Bella tolerates other cats and dogs, but would really enjoy being your own and only love-muffin (although he is willing to entertain other options). He’s physically around 8 years old, although he’s as wise as an ancient philosopher and as emotionally fragile as a tiny toddler. As may be apparent by this lengthy bio, it’s hard to find the right words to explain the joy that is our Bella - maybe you’ll just have to meet him to experience yourself.

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Bella the Boy
Shots up to date
Not Sure
Ok with kids
Not Sure
Not Sure
Spayed / Neutered
Ok with dogs
Ok with cats
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