Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Thousands of people and organizations have put in bids to adopt the so-called "Rally Cat" that ran onto the field of a St. Louis Cardinals game.
The St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach, which is currently caring for the young gray tabby, said the famous cat has drawn interest from a wide variety of suitors including the Cardinals themselves.
"We've had thousands of inquiries from throughout the region, including many great organizations like the St Louis Cardinals, in addition to many cat loving individuals about adopting Rally," the organization said. "While only one can adopt Rally, rest assured we have a process in place, and will make sure he ends up in a great home in St. Louis for the rest of his life."
Rally Cat first became famous after sprinting onto the field during the sixth inning of an Aug. 10 game between the Cardinals and the Kansas City Royals, just before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a game-winning grand slam.
He then gained even more attention when he went missing the next day after a woman attempted to smuggle him out of the stadium.
Despite the massive amount of individuals and groups hoping to adopt the Rally Cat, the Cardinals claim ownership over the kitten that spurred their miraculous win.
"The St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach organization has assured us they will be returning our cat to us after a mandatory 10-day quarantine period," team spokesman Ron Watermon told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Team owner Bill DeWitt plans to host a ceremony to celebrate Rally Cat and the volunteers who helped rescue him, as well as a Rally Cat appreciation day on Sept. 10.
"It is our hope he will be ready for his first public appearance, hopefully at the Rally Cat Appreciation Night," St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach said.