Morris the Glass Bank cat sits inside a cage during his unveiling at a May 2014 press conference in Cocoa Beach FL when Then-mayor Dave Netterstrom proclaimed that May 23, 2014, was Morris the Glass Bank Cat Day!|
The orange feral cat was spotted sunbathing in an upper-level window of the condemned Cocoa Beach landmark -- which was slated for demolition -- by attorney Tony Hernandez.
Hernandez's daughter asked him what he was going to do about the cat.
"I saw the compassion in her eyes, and I knew I had to save cat," he said.
So he started a campaign to "Save Morris The Glass Bank Cat."
He announced he was taking on the cat as a pro bono client, which created a buzz on social media and attracted news media coverage from as far as Brazil.
Morris was then moved into a private feral-cat backyard sanctuary owned by a longtime SCFN caregiver who prefers to remain anonymous, said Mona Motz, the nonprofit's vice president.
"Morris had his buddies that he would hang out with. But it was really hard to get a picture of him.
We had to transition him. He didn't just get plunked in with this feral colony. We put him in what we call a relocation cage, which is like a big condo, and let him get used to the routine, the area, the sounds, the smells, the other cats," she said.
Morris was diagnosed with liver failure in December, and Motz said he passed away peacefully last week.
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