N.B.’s sassy shelter cat finds forever home following viral fame

Max developed a reputation for doling out “smacks” when communicating with staff members

A self-assured shelter cat named Max has found a new home after achieving viral status for his attention-demanding “smacks.”
Max (a.k.a. “Smax” or “Sir Smacks-a-lot”), a shelter cat in New Brunswick, found his new home after winning over the internet.
Photo by facebook.com/OromoctoandAreaSPCA

A self-assured shelter cat named Max has found a new home after achieving viral status for his attention-demanding “smacks.”

The senior cat was surrendered to the Oromocto and Area SPCA in New Brunswick this past October and quickly made a name for himself amongst shelter staff. Specifically, Max developed a reputation for sneaking a paw out of his cage gates and smacking people when he was feeling grouchy.

“He’s sort of a cranky old man,” Oromocto and Area SPCA shelter manager, Tracy Marcotullio, tells The Dodo. “If you don’t read his cues properly, then you’re getting smacked.”

In response to the behaviour, the shelter created a sign for Max’s cage to keep track of his “no-smacking” streaks. Every time he went a full day without smacking someone, staff would add a day to the sign.

Unfortunately, Max was not able to move beyond a four-day streak.

“It’s not that he’s a bad cat,” Marcotullio says. “He just gets overstimulated, and when he’s had enough, he’s had enough.”

After sharing Max’s story on the Oromocto and Area SPCA Facebook page, the cat quickly became an internet sensation on the social media platform and was eventually shared to Reddit. Soon enough, his story appeared on The Dodo and Global News.

On Jan. 7, the shelter announced Max had found a forever home—adding that staff missed him so much, they had put a cardboard of the cat in his old cage.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce that our Max (a.k.a. “Smax,” a.k.a. “Sir Smacks-a-lot”) has been adopted and has gone to his forever home!” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “It is so weird not having him behind the front desk that we had to put his stand-in in his cage. Thank you so much to his amazing new owner for seeing his potential and giving Max the home he deserves—we think it’s a perfect match!”

For more on Max’s story, click here.

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