A 19-year-old cat that was abandoned at Logan Airport has found her forever home just in time for the holidays, the Animal Rescue League of Boston said Wednesday.
A driver brought the mackerel tabby cat, named Tangee, to Boston animal control officers, the rescue league said in a statement. Officers brought the cat to the rescue league on Dec. 7.
“When exiting the vehicle, [a man] handed the [driver] the cat and a note which indicated that he was moving to Florida and could not take the cat,” the statement said. “A forwarding phone number left by the man was to a pharmacy, and while the cat is microchipped, it was not registered so there is no possible way to follow-up with the owner.”
The cat has early kidney failure, the rescue league said. The animal is about 96 in human years.
“She is extremely friendly. For a 19-year-old cat, she’s very spry and has a lot of energy,” said Mike DeFina, a spokesman for the rescue league. “To see a 19-year-old cat in a shelter, especially during the holidays, when she was essentially abandoned, we really want to find her a home as quickly as possible.”
Only about three hours after they announced Tangee was in need of a home, the rescue league said she had been adopted.
“The interest went through the roof,” DeFina said. “We got well over 100 phone calls about Tangee from really all over the country.”
Although the calls to the rescue league were primarily prompted by the chatter about Tangee on social media, DeFina said Tangee’s new caretaker didn’t even see the online attention.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, has several animals in her home already and has “an affinity for senior animals, so it was kind of a perfect fit,” DeFina said.
DeFina said the woman came in looking for an older animal around 3 p.m. and Tangee caught her eye.
Globe Correspondent Maria Lovato contributed to this report. Alyssa Lukpat can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @AlyssaLukpat.