Verrazano cat becomes instant celebrity

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A cat who was rescued after being thrown from a car zipping over the Verrazano Bridge this July 4 weekend has eight lives left — and all of them may be spent in the lap of luxury.

The precious five-week-old Russian Blue kitten, aptly called “Verrazano,” has become an overnight sensation after his near brush with death on the span between Bay Ridge and Staten Island on July 2.

A city Animal Care and Control employee Brendon Ocascio was transporting a group of animals to a Staten Island facility on July 2 when he saw a heartless motorist pitch the small, gray animal from his car window.

“At first [Ocascio] thought they were throwing garbage from the car,” said city spokesman Richard Gentles. “Then he realized it was a kitten.”

Ocascio immediately stopped his vehicle and managed to get a few truck drivers to block traffic so he could grab the terrified kitten.

Verrazano was brought to an Animal Care and Control facility where veterinarians said he was in good health.

He won’t be up for adoption for another two months, but Verrazano already has a long line of high profile suitors: namely “The View” star Whoopi Goldberg.

Goldberg talked about Verrazano during a “The View” segment, and has applied to adopt the animal, the city confirmed. Other interested parties include Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari.

Hundreds of people are hoping to adopt Verrazano, an Animal Care and Control spokesman said, adding that investigators are still looking for the one who threw the cat from his car — a car that may belong to a Brooklyn driver, investigators said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to e-mail the city’s Animal Care and Control at

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Danelle from Clinton Hill says:
It's a wonderful story and I'm so glad that this cat was rescued but the fact that Whoopi Goldberg and many others are waiting to adopt this cat just because it's famous breaks my heart and makes me angry. Every morning, Animal Care and Control kill dozens of adoptable cats and dogs. There were 56 cats on the euth list for this morning alone....ages 3 weeks to 12 years. GO SAVE ONE.....the new euth list comes out tonight at 6pm. Go to the Pets on Death Row page on Facebook and save a life today!
July 14, 2011, 1:42 pm
Paul from Gramercy says:
Danelle you are totally right, these people only want the cat because of the publicity and favor it will garnish them. I agree it's a great story of survival for this cat, but there are many animals out there that can be helped and if more people did help, maybe we would have less people throwing cats out of car windows. Alternatively maybe throwing more animals out of car windows will create more adoptions.
July 14, 2011, 1:55 pm
bebe from bay ridge says:
it was an ACCIDENT... my little cousins (4 and 6 years old) had the cat in the car.. my uncle didn't know, they were hiding it.. he opened the windows all the way and one thing led to another, the cat ESCAPED the moving car through the window.. people shouldn't assume someone "threw it" out of the window.. you'd have to be a sociopath to be that heartless. now he feels way too embarrassed to go get the cat back because of what everyone is saying.. and his kids have been sad, but i guess their punishment is no cat.. they weren't allowed to let it out of the house unless it was to the backyard.. guess thats what happens when you break rules. sorry kitkat.. hope u find a loving home..
July 14, 2011, 6:09 pm
Annie from Ridge says:
July 17, 2011, 10:37 pm
Blob from Bay Ridge says:
Verrazano Kitten is on twitter! @VerrazanKitten
July 18, 2011, 9:27 am
richie from rich says:
they have video cameras and a little detective work the can identify who the driver who threw the car out of his car window.
July 18, 2011, 1:04 pm

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