Cat With Missing Eye and Nostril Melts Hearts on Search for Forever Home

An adorable cat looking for his forever home has caught the attention of the internet after photos were shared on Facebook on Wednesday.

Shared by the Fairfield Area Humane Society in Lancaster, Ohio, the post featured pictures of Eggbert the cat, who staff say is "an absolute angel of a kitty."

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 530,000 cats in shelters are euthanized.

Eggbert was born with a missing eye and nostril, but the team at the Fairfield Area Humane Society said it hasn't affected his lust for life. Despite loud snores and needing a little extra care, 2-year-old Eggbert loves headbutts, having his chin scratched and following you around.

Commenters on the society's Facebook post fell in love with the kitty, with one writing: "Oh my goodness, I want him. Praying he goes to an amazing and loving home," while another said: "Aww. He is adorable!"

"Oh God bless this sweet kitty," said one Facebook user.

"What a sweetheart," wrote another.

The humane society also said that Eggbert's previous owners reported him having occasional seizures when he was with them—but the society says that he has not had any seizures since being in their care.

Fairfield Area Humane Society told Newsweek: "He was the result of an accidental pregnancy from the previous family's cat, and when he began having seizures they weren't able to provide the medical care he needed."

Whoever adopts Eggbert must be willing to give him medication and get routine bloodwork checks to keep him healthy. After a full exam by the veterinarian at the humane society, there was no clear cause detected for seizures, but it is important not to rule it out.

"He is as sweet as he is cute and loves everyone that he meets," said the humane society.

According to the ASPCA's National Rehoming Survey, 42 percent of rehomed cats were surrendered by owners due to ongoing issues including problematic behavior, aggressive behavior, growing larger than expected, or health problems that the owner could not handle.

While extra needs can often be a turn-off for potential adopters, West Park Animal Hospital suggests looking again at pets that might need a bit of extra care. They said: "When you adopt an oddball, you literally save a life. Adoption saves them, giving them a chance of a happy forever home."

So far, Eggbert is still looking for his new home, but he does have an appointment with a potential family this weekend.

This week, a mailman's connection with a local cat melted hearts online after a video of the pair went viral. And a heartwarming clip of a senior cat finding his forever home was viewed nearly 2 million times.

Eggbert the cat
Eggbert the cat posing for photos at the shelter. Eggbert has gained attention online after a post was shared to help him find his forever home. Fairfield Area Humane Society