BEIRUT: Following an outpouring of sympathy and outrage after a video of a man microwaving his cat Bousbous went viral in Lebanon last month, the rescued animal is now ready for adoption – with people lining up to offer her a home.
“There’s a lot of interest in Bousbous,” said Animals Lebanon director Jason Mier Monday.
The Beirut-based NGO took the small orange and white cat into its care when they learned that she had been microwaved by her owner, Hasan Hammoud.
In the one-minute video, Hammoud shoves Bousbous inside the microwave and turns it on. He then removes the frightened cat and puts her back inside as she tries to resist.
The image immediately prompted angry comments and extensive media coverage, reaching international outlets such as Al-Jazeera and Reddit.
The publicity and subsequent pressure led Hammoud and his friend who videotaped the incident, Mohammad Jallad, to publicly apologize and relinquish the cat to Animals Lebanon. They then agreed to do 150 hours of community service, although there is no law requiring them to do so.
Since then, the NGO has gotten around 10 enquiries from people offering to open their homes to Bousbous.
Mier says they have spent the past six weeks making sure the cat was healthy and ready for adoption, including spaying her and giving her all the necessary vaccinations. “It was apparent she’d never seen a vet,” Mier said about the 1-year-old cat.
Although Mier has been pleased with the support for the abused cat, he says there are still hundreds of similar cases that go unreported. He hopes this has at least helped raise some awareness about the importance of animal welfare in Lebanon.
“For every Bousbous, there are hundreds of others that we don’t hear about,” Mier says
“I believe things are changing slowly. A year ago, people wouldn’t talk about this.”
He reminds everyone considering adopting a dog or cat that it is a commitment of 15 to 20 years and thousands of dollars.
To enquire about adopting Bousbous, contact Animals Lebanon at 01-751-678 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.