You know, zombies get a rotten rep when it comes to their eating habits, cleanliness and social skills, but some of the undead have still-beating hearts, as a story in the New York Daily News proved recently. Jeremy Zelkowitz, a 22-year-old employee of New York City haunted house Times Scare, was going about his regular late-night gig, shambling around 42nd Street in full zombie makeup to promote the horror attraction, when he saw a black-and-white cat dodging in and out of businesses and nearly running into oncoming traffic.
Zelkowitz caught the cat and got it to a veterinarian, who was understandably taken aback by his rescuer's undead appearance. “I told them right away, 'Look, I'm not crazy. I work at the haunted house,’” he said. “There were a lot of looks, but I'm used to it.” The vet found the homing microchip on the cat, whose name turns out to be Disaster, and traced him to NYPD cop Jimmy Helliesen, who aids stray cats on his beat and lost track of his friend two years ago.
“I dress as a zombie every day and I just love animals,” said Zelkowitz. “I try to do the right thing.”