Watermon also told the Post-Dispatch that team owner Bill DeWitt asked him “to plan a formal ‘welcome home’ ceremony next week when the Cardinals return from their road trip.” He also said the Rally Cat would “be cared for by our team, making the Cardinals Clubhouse his home” and “players are looking forward to loving and caring for him.”
But the rescue group is firing back, announcing no such deal has been made to return the cat to the organization and wants to do what is best for the cat. In a Facebook post on Aug. 16, the feral cat outreach stated that the cat was doing “just fine,” but that he would be quarantined until he gained weight and was neutered, the group’s standard policy, and that it hoped the cat could “be ready for his first public appearance, hopefully at the Rally Cat Appreciation Night at Busch Stadium on September 10th.”
Watermon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The shelter said it had tried to reach out to Watermon earlier in the week, but received a voice mail from him on Thursday. Explaining how their board member team consists of nonpaid volunteers who have full-time jobs outside of the shelter, they told the Cardinals they would be willing to meet the team later in the month to discuss options for Rally.
“It was a disappointment to STLFCO and many of our friends and fans to read the Cardinal’s PR Head Ron Watermon’s comments to the media concerning Rally. It was a totally false statement that STLFCO has committed anything to the Cardinals. We have made no decisions about Rally’s long-term placement. It seems inconsistent with ‘The Cardinals Way’ to make such false statements.”
With the Cardinals and Royals tied in the Aug. 9 game at Busch Stadium, Rally Cat ran onto the field and was caught and removed by a member of the grounds crew. On the next pitch, Yadier Molina hit a grand slam, giving the Cardinals an 8-5 win. The feline became a social media darling and the team’s unofficial mascot, and the shelter said it has had “thousands of inquires” from throughout the region about him.
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