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KITTEN WIRE: TAKING A CHANCE ON NATALIE

KITTEN WIRE: TAKING A CHANCE ON NATALIE

OAKLAND — When a father-son pair began their search for a new feline companion, they scrolled through the faces on Cat Town's adoption gallery, and found themselves drawn in by a brown tabby. 

"Her eyes in the photo of her that was uploaded immediately caught our attention," said 18-year-old Blue. "They were gentle and inviting, almost hopeful, begging to find a home."

KITTEN WIRE: Helping Your Local Shelter During Kitten Season

KITTEN WIRE: Helping Your Local Shelter During Kitten Season

OAKLAND — "Kitten Season" has such a joyful ring to it. But in the animal welfare community, we know its weightier meaning. 

It's the time of year when unfixed homeless cats have their litters and shelters become overwhelmed, straining resources for all of the animals. The newborns, sometimes orphaned by their own young mothers, require specialized care and frequently overnight resources that municipal shelters struggle to provide. Community partners and volunteers can't fill the gaps entirely.

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.