Cat Abandons Fish Truck for Brooklyn Public Library

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Turns out a cat who went missing for months was just catching up on some reading.

Rosie, a Long Island cat that went missing after stowing away on a fish truck nearly eight months ago, resurfaced this week, after a brief residency in the basement of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Rosie’s owner, Stephanie Villani, said the curious cat sneaked aboard her husband’s fish truck last Memorial Day weekend, hitching a ride to the farmer’s market at Grand Army Plaza where the couple has been selling fish for more than 20 years. When Villani’s husband opened the doors of the truck, Rosie surprised him by leaping out and sprinting into nearby Prospect Park.

The family enlisted the help of friends, coworkers, and customers, tirelessly searching for Rosie and following up on reported sightings around the farmer’s market for months, but to no avail.

That is, until this Monday, when the family got a call from staff at One Love Animal Hospital. Apparently, Rosie was being fed and cared for by staff at the library, who eventually brought her to the hospital for treatment. The hospital got in touch with the Villanis after scanning Rosie’s microchip.

Villani said they got the news while on vacation in Florida. “My six year old was ready to jump in the car and drive 1,500 miles to go get Rosie,” Villani said, “on the day of the blizzard no less!”

Villani also said she’s surprised by all the attention Rosie has been getting, especially in the comments section of a post on Blue Moon Fish’s Facebook page.

“I guess it’s nice to hear a story with a happy ending,” Villani said. “So many people helped us, it was really very nice to see. I understand that the folks at the library and the animal hospital were all ecstatic when they heard that Rosie was going home to her family.”

Rosie was missing for nearly eight months. (Photo by Stephanie Villani)


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Comments [7]

Scott Westerfield

I think the cat's perspective is closer to the human one.

Feb. 04 2014 04:07 PM
Beaglelover from jackson heights

Cute story, glad Rosie will be soon home with her family. I know that my beagles would be distraught if they were lost like that. this is the difference between dogs and cats. a dog thinks to himself, "Gee these people I live with give me food, they love me, they must be God. A cat thinks ,"they feed me ,love me, I must be God"

Jan. 24 2014 10:24 AM
Megan from brooklyn

We are fostering Rosie and she is very happy in our home with our daughter! She is doing very well- purring, kneading, and seeking attention from all of us. She is also very sweet with my daughter and has great tolerance for her :) We are proud to be her foster family until the her family get s back from Florida :)

Jan. 24 2014 08:05 AM
PBnJ from Brooklyn

Thanks to the big-hearted, humane staff of the Brooklyn Library for looking after this stray when she came to their door. Bless them for taking her in and caring for her. And praise to all those animal-lovers who care for stray/feral animals all over the city. You can't ask for a better ending to this story !

Jan. 23 2014 12:36 PM
Cats are the Best from NYC

You'd have to live with them to understand it. They're NOT dogs. No point comparing the 2 very different species.

Jan. 23 2014 11:50 AM
Cats are the Worst from nyc

Show me a dog willing to leap out of his loving owners care and affection to go live with complete strangers in the basement of a library for months on end - and I will show you a CAT!

Jan. 23 2014 09:00 AM

I wonder how many of her 9-lives this little kittie blew thru on this adventure!

Jan. 22 2014 08:57 PM

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