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KITTEN WIRE: HAPPY ENDING FOR THE CAT WHO ESCAPED DURING BREAK-IN

KITTEN WIRE: HAPPY ENDING FOR THE CAT WHO ESCAPED DURING BREAK-IN

OAKLAND — Nadia was about 6 months old, hissy and prone to swatting, when Cat Town pulled her from Oakland Animal Services, Cat Town's own Marie C., a cat care coordinator, took her in as part of the Forgotten Kitten Project.

After a few weeks in the comfortable confines of foster care, Nadia blossomed into a charismatic companion. So, she transitioned to our main adoption center, to continue building confidence and find her family. She was just beginning to relax around the new smells, sounds and activity when a burglary disrupted a sleepy night in the Cat Zone.

KITTEN WIRE: HOW PLAY HELPED A CAT NAMED TYRA

KITTEN WIRE: HOW PLAY HELPED A CAT NAMED TYRA

OAKLAND — At first, it was just a glimpse of blue eyes peeking out from a hiding place. Sightings of Tyra, who came to us shy and a bit jumpy in early March, were few and far between.

But lately, we've noticed this member of the Forgotten Kitten Project showing more of her playful side. And we think the dedicated playtime — involving other cats and plenty of different toys — has helped her gain confidence and show her energetic kitten self.

KITTEN WIRE: BREAKTHROUGH ALERT WITH SUZY

KITTEN WIRE: BREAKTHROUGH ALERT WITH SUZY

OAKLAND — Can a cat who spent the early months of her life on the streets learn to like people?

At Cat Town, we know the answer is yes, given the right conditions.

That's what we're working on with a cat named Suzy, one of the kittens born homeless during the 2017 kitten season. This tortie girl with tufts of black, tan and orange fur managed to evade a rescuer's humane traps for months. As her littermates found their way to Oakland Animal Services and then on to Cat Town, which found them homes, Suzy remained a stray.

Ember and Nicole Face the Day

Ember and Nicole Face the Day

When I first met Ember, my two-year-old rescue cat, she was about six months old. I had recently started volunteering at Cat Town, an adoption center-cat café in Oakland, CA. I began volunteering a few months after moving to Oakland under difficult circumstances: my boyfriend, Nathan, who was living in San Francisco at the time, had been in a near-fatal bicycle accident and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. I had never been involved with any kind of animal rescue before, but, as a lifelong cat lover, I thought it would be a good way to meet new people and get my mind off things.