Nov 18, 2014
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The cat that was left in a small carrier without food or water outside a Richmond spay-neuter clinic last month has been adopted.

In late October, someone left the male cat with nothing but a bowl of moldy leftovers outside the Fix our Ferals clinic at 12226 San Pablo Ave. The cat was abandoned even though signs prominently displayed in front of the clinic stated the nonprofit was closed for two days.

Luckily, Clinic Manager Michelle Jewell showed up for work when the clinic was closed and found the cat, which had no blanket or food and just a “bowl containing dry chunks of old food and mold.”

Jewell said she could not tell how long he had been there.

The cat, described as friendly and sweet, was given the name Pumpkin at the clinic and was subsequently neutered.

On Tuesday, Jewell said Pumpkin no longer faces abandonment.

“He was adopted this weekend and now has himself a forever home,” Jewell told the Richmond Standard.

Pumpkin stayed with a rescue worker’s home and also at Jewell’s. He was subsequently adopted by a man named Mike through Sunshine Rescue Group out of San Leandro.

Pumpkin has a new adopted guardian in Mike.

Pumpkin has a new adopted guardian in Mike.

“It is always so joyful to have happy endings and sometimes adult cats take longer to home and the fact he did not take long to find a home makes it even better,” Jewell said.

Fix Our Ferals is not an animal shelter, but volunteers on site will instruct those who bring animals to local shelters or the SPCA. The nonprofit charges $70 to fix female cats and $50 for male cats. The cost is $20 for feral cats.

In the two years since the clinic opened, more than 10,700 cats have been spayed or neutered, clinic workers said, which helps to improve the lives of the animals and curb their homeless population.

All procedures are done by appointment only.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.