ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- WATERVILLE, N.Y. -- About 10 days ago, this cat didn't have a name and no one at the Waterville Veterinary Clinic knew whose it was. All they knew was he needed help.
James Gilchrist from the Waterville Veterinary Clinic said, "It was quite a horrific scene when he came in the door with a full arrow in there and we had a full bank of clientele out there in the waiting room."
The cat was found by a woman in Vernon. He was sitting outside her apartment building with an arrow through his abdomen. She called her daughter who immediately brought it to her veterinarian.
"I think if it had gone too much longer than that, he wouldn't have survived," said Gilchrist.
The cat was immediately taken in for surgery. The arrow had pierced his liver, spleen and stomach. His health was touch and go for a few days and he even had to have a second surgery, but now doctors say he's doing great.
Gilchrist said, "As soon as your open his cage, he head butts you, he rubs up against you, he jumps up on your shoulder, he eats whatever food you give to him, he rolls over lets you rub his belly. He's just a great cat."
His loveable nature has touched the hearts of all the staff at the veterinary clinic. Some people call him Arrow or Robin Hood. But there's one name that'll stick for a while as one of the vet's technicians, Elaine Forte, plans to adopt their new feline friend. She says his name will be Norman.
"Cats choose you, you don't choose cats. There's been ones in the past and they just comes into your lives for whatever reason. He said, 'I like you' and I said, 'I like you too," said Forte.
Veterinary workers say they're so grateful to see this story have a happy ending. They say Norman will be going home to his new family any day now.
So far, no one has come forward to claim Norman. Those taking care of him say an investigation into the incident is underway, but won't say by whom.