STATEN ISLAND (PIX11) – On Staten Island a group of animal-loving students at New Dorp High School have raised enough money to adopt an abused cougar.
The cougar, who’s name is Zoey, was neglected and beaten by her previous owner in Texas.
She was found in dirty, cramped conditions in the Texas facility after the facility’s owner died, according to the Staten Island Advance. She also suffered from dehydration and malnourishment, and continues to have problems with her hind legs, which were cramped severely by the cage.
Zoey was rescued by the Popcorn Park Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Forked River, N.J.
The students, whose mascot is a cougar, raised $1,500 to pay for a year of her food and medical expenses at the zoo.
The idea to adopt Zoey was floated by science teacher Shaun Jensen, but it soon became a school effort as students organized bake sales, created fundraising videos and even had a little fun with the teacher who pulled in the most donations — putting them in a cougar costume for the day.