Denver’s Coors Field chief mouser is looking to retire to a new home, and has already received dozens of requests from baseball fans hoping to adopt the famous cat.
The fluffy black cat known as Smokey to some and Midnight to others is the oldest feline resident at the Colorado Rockies ballpark, where several stray kitties have lived for a decade or more.
But because of his age, Smokey is ready to trade the baseball diamond for an indoor setting where he can live out his golden years with human companions, Animal Rescue of the Rockies said.
“Smokey is looking for a permanent indoor home now that he is retiring from his unofficial position as chief pest control at Coors Field,” the animal rescue organization wrote in its adoption announcement.
One of Coors Field’s cat handlers has brought Smokey into his home as the animal shelter sifts through an influx of applications to find his permanent housing.
“He is shy around strangers, but warms up to his usual caretakers…allows them to pet and touch him…on his own terms,” the organization added.
The black beauty, who is neutered and up to date on her shots, is looking for a quiet home with no kids and is learning how to use a litter box. She would do better in a space with few or no other pets and she needs a more caring human being who can take care of her medical needs, including her IVF+ diagnosis.
The animal rescue center added that a home with a safe “catio” would be a dream for Smokey so he can reminisce about the old days of being a fan of peanuts, crackers and the Rockies.
Due to Smokey’s overwhelming popularity, Animal Rescue of the Rockies is no longer accepting applications for the legendary feline.
Instead, the organization has urged interested cat parents to adopt another kitty in her honor, including a young tuxedo cat named Olivia who has seasonal allergies, a skittish “void” kitty named Deb, a vision-impaired cat named Meow, and a gray tabby named Monel who has been in foster care for more than a year.