Earlier this week, before a concert in Auckland, Ryan Adams -- friend to felines everywhere -- came across an abandoned cat in a nearby cemetery. He quickly took to Twitter to enlist help in finding the black and white cat a home and he was met with an outpouring of support.

Adams implored local shelters to help rescue the cat, who he began affectionately referring to as Cemetery Cat. The Lonely Miaow Association, a non-profit dedicated to rescuing abandoned cats, and Auckland native Rob Issac heeded Adams’ call, and now Cemetery Cat -- who’s since been renamed Wednesday Adams -- has found a safe home.

Since then, the Lonely Miaow’s Givealittle fundraising page has received a remarkable rise in donations, reaching $1,200 over the past 24 hours according to the New Zealand Herald.

In a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Adams reflected on his career: Where he is now in comparison to the early stages. The major difference, he says, is he doesn’t “operate with fear.”

“Fear doesn’t have any hold of me,” he said. “I am not acquainted with that concept any longer.” However, Adams said fear was very much present in his earlier albums:

There was so much of that in my early career. It’s all over those records. It never informed the songs, ever, in a good way. Honestly, the thing that probably shines through all of those songs that still resonates with people, the reason why I ended up with any kind of career at all, was those times when I was being brave. Brave enough to say I’m depressed and the only thing hold me together is I can go to a bar.

But now, long since sober, Adams says that’s all changed. “I wasn’t feeling the joy I could feel,” he said. “It’s a very attritional process, and fear becomes your master but it had no place in art and they can’t live in my work, ever again.”

Read Adams' entire interview at this location.