Anyone who has met Ted Mink knows hes not one to mess with. But now that he's neutered and de-clawed, a loving home may be more likely to take him in.
Ted Mink the cat — who happens to share a name with Ted Mink the Jeffco sheriff — recently was found by Jeffco animal control and now lives at Max Fund, a shelter in Denver.
David Walsh, events coordinator for Max Fund, said the idea to name the young cat after the sheriff came to him when he was driving the feline from animal control to the shelter.
"He didn't really have a name other than Crazy Cat, which is what they were calling him ... (and) I figured we were going to hang 'Ted Mink' on him," Walsh said.
The cat is "perfectly fine" and is available for adoption. He is on a special diet due to a urinary tract infection, which is not uncommon, Walsh said.
Sheriff Mink cited federal medical privacy laws when declining to say if he shares a medical condition with the cat along with a name. He did add, though, that the only commonality is that both have whiskers.
For instance, the feline Mink has been neutered and de-clawed, and the human Mink would only say that such rumors regarding him "are greatly exaggerated." Mink said he would not adopt his namesake because his "wife is allergic to Ted Mink in any form," but added that he hopes the cat "has a long, prosperous life in an environment that feeds him well, treats him well and pets him often."
People interested in adopting Ted Mink — the cat — should contact Max Fund at 303-595-4917, or visit www.maxfund.org. They can also visit the shelter at 1025 Galapago St. in Denver to inquire about adopting Ted Mink or other animals.
Walsh said the cat will be taken to PetSmart locations, hopefully in Jeffco, to try to "fast track" the adoption process, and that he will be taken care of until he finds a home.
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