Bluffton Home Depot's resident black cat given the boot

01/21/2014 9:06 PM

01/23/2014 12:44 AM

The Home Depot in greater Bluffton has a message for its feline resident: Hit the road, cat.

The store off U.S. 278 is searching for a new home for Depot, a black cat that has lived at the store for more than 13 years, according to an online petition that aims to ensure the cat stays put.

Employees have said the cat has become a problem because it sets off the security alarm at night, according to a report by Savannah television station WTOC.

When reached Tuesday, a store manager who declined to be named said the cat is "getting old." She directed further questions to Home Depot's corporate office.

Attempts Tuesday to reach a spokesman for the chain were unsuccessful.

The online petition at to keep the cat at the store had more than 960 signatures, as of early Tuesday evening.

One signer, who identified himself as John Torzilli of Bluffton, said he once worked in the store's garden center, where the cat was a frequent visitor.

"I remember the cat," he wrote. It "never bothered anyone and was sweet. A lady would come every morning to feed her."

Another signer said the cat should stay because it catches rodents.

Though the petition has been circulating for more than a week, the feline story gained traction Monday when the New York Daily News published a brief about Depot.

Anyone willing to adopt the cat can contact the Bluffton Home Depot at 843-815-7000.

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