ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Cardinals on Thursday confirmed the now-infamous RallyCat is missing, despite earlier reports it was taken to the Humane Society.
The Cardinals said in a news release that Lucas Hackmann, the grounds crew member who secured the stray cat from the outfield, let the cat loose outside Gate 3, near the Stan Musial statue before going to first aid to get treatment. "I remember grabbing it, and it was really cute and iIjust tucked it in there and all of a sudden it just clawed at me and bit my finger," said Hackmann.
Team ushers tried to contain the cat, but Korie Harris, a Cardinals fan outside the stadium said it was hers. She left the ballpark but later told KMOV she lost the cat in City Garden. In a statement to News 4, Harris said, "Unfortunately, he got scared at City Garden and jumped in the bushes. After many, many hours of searching and waiting, he still has not emerged. I really fell in love with this little cat and can only hope we can be reunited."
Meanwhile, the Cardinals said they are "hopeful someone will find the cat and contact us so we can properly care for it. Our grounds crew is working on developing a stray animal protocol to ensure the safety of both crew and animal should this happen again. In the meantime, the Cardinals are looking to scratch and claw their way back to the top of the division standings."
The buzz around Rally Cat and its whereabouts have lead to area shelters to be inundated with calls of people trying to adopt Rally Cat.
"The phone calls have been non-stop, asking if we have Rally Cat and if don't they want to know what happened to it," said Rachel Dibbert cat adoption manager for Stray Rescue St. Louis.
Stray Rescue St. Louis does not have Rally Cat, but the attention is generating interest in cat adoptions in general, and shelters are taking advantage of it.
"We have over 100 in our system right now, in foster and shelters, so its been really helpful because we're not the first place you think of for cats, so we're welcoming the attention," said Dibbert.
The Cardinals won their game against the Kansas City on Wednesday, many say, thanks to Rally Cat. Now, several adoptable cats are getting their forever homes...thanks to Rally Cat.
"I did get more cat applications today...more than usual," said Dibbert.
Schnucks is offering 50 percent off cat food and litter until Sunday because of the Cardinal win and the Rally Cat buzz. Shelters hope this special encourages people to donate discounted food and litter.
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