Tom Neville had rescued the cat from what he perceived as a desperate situation, tied up in the rain under the freeway. Neville said the cat's hair was matted, and she had fleas and sores, which he cleaned up. He understandably had mixed feelings about returning her to the homeless life, but Harlan reportedly wept when Neville ended up returning the cat to him.
Neville also gave Harlan cat food and $40. which Harlan used to buy a new collar and leash, as well as a cart with wheels and a sleeping bag. Harlan figured they would end up sleeping in the Transbay Terminal tonight.