A SoHo animal shelter is hoping to find a home for a cute tabby cat that weighs a whopping 30 pounds, according to a published report.
Sponge Bob, with a wide girth and bright orange fur, was dropped off two months ago at the Animal Haven shelter after his owner had to go into a hospice, according to the New York Post.
When he entered the shelter, he weighed 33 pounds, and has since dropped three pounds through diet and exercise.
But even with some weight-loss success, he has a long way to go -- and the associate director of the shelter thinks people looking to adopt are intimidated by his size.
“They think they’ll need more space for him, but really they don’t," Kendra Mara told the paper, adding that he would be much healthier if he dropped to even 24 or 25 pounds.
Sponge Bob is the shelter's largest cat, by more than a few pounds, but he also loves children and has an exceptionally sweet demeanor, according to the shelter's website
In addition to eating and sleeping, the shelter says, his favorite activities include "being brushed, sun bathing and people-watching."
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Published at 12:48 PM EDT on Jun 4, 2012