Cat left in carrier outside Richmond clinic that was closed for two days

Cat abandoned outside Richmond spay-neuter clinic has been adopted

A nonprofit spay-neuter clinic in Richmond hopes public members will consider adopting a friendly cat who survived a potentially life-threatening abandonment Monday.

Someone left the male cat in a small carrier with nothing but a bowl of moldy leftovers outside the Fix our Ferals clinic at 12226 San Pablo Ave., even though the clinic was closed for business all Sunday and Monday, Clinic Manager Michelle Jewell said.

“He had no blanket, no food, and just a bowl containing dry chunks of old food and mold,” Jewell said.

The nonprofit has signs in front of the clinic prominently stating its hours of operation. Luckily, Jewell went to work at the clinic at 8 a.m. and found the cat. She could not tell how long he had been there.

The cat has since been neutered, Jewell said, and now the nonprofit hopes a community member will adopt him.


“He’s very friendly and sweet,” Jewell said, adding the clinic has named him Pumpkin in honor of Halloween.

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 Tuesday, which helps to improve the lives of the animals and curb their homeless population.

All procedures are done by appointment only.

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