Sorrow for Zorro

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Zorro’s death was tragic and sudden. Here’s his story:

It was noon when we got the news. Zorro had died on the operating table.

He was slated to have his teeth removed due to chronic stomatits. It was risky – imagine removing all your teeth – but it was something we had to do.


A few days ago, Zorro, a previously voracious cat, had stopped eating. It was something our volunteers were relatively familiar with – him, meowing, rubbing and begging for food, but when offered, rejecting the wet food we gave him.

It was also something that alarmed us very much – and it suggested underlying issues, which we have had to deal with for other cats. We thus made the decision to send him to the vet. 

Several tests were made – he came out negative for FIV and FELV, and his blood panel was normal aside for slightly elevated liver values, from his previous liver problems. 

Zorro had been a frequent visitor to the vet in the previous year – he spent most of last semester with Prof Lorenzo nursing a partial fracture in his right hind femur.

Yet, there was no sign that he would pass away so quickly on the operating table. 


The vet was devastated when she told us. We immediately acted – informing residents through our Instagram and started the logistics of setting up a memorial, boards, candles, photos and all.

This was, ultimately, our first time doing this. Other cats have died – but we had sent most of them off quietly. 

We were prepared for this, after all – after Midnight was in a critical condition earlier this year, we forced ourselves to answer the question: what do we do when a cat dies?

Our decision was unanimous – we need to honour their lives, together as a community. 


Moments like these remind us of why we were founded – to care for the campus cats, because people won’t, to love the campus cats, because people won’t, to remember the campus cats, because people won’t.

Here’s our turn to remember him:

Zorro was a ninja, who leapt from ledge to ledge. The halls were his parkour playground.

He would sometimes creep into people’s rooms and demand some love. Residents welcomed him with open doors – they describe him as lovable, playful. 

Sometimes he acted as a mafia boss to the other felines around him, but he was a lovable, adorable child to the humans that lived in Hall 10. At least, the people who liked him. He was cautious around strangers but never shied away from people who bribed him with food.

He was a sweet boy to his fosterers, and though he was never really an indoor cat, he left a pawprint in their hearts.


We need your help for his vet bills, which cost $325.00. 


Here’s how you can help:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at

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