**A Sad Update**
Nugget was scheduled to come into the hospital tomorrow morning, and has been staying safely with Alfredo and Justina until then. I’m very sorry to share that this sweet little kitten has passed away. We may not know his whole story, but we know he found love and kindness during his last days. We are incredibly grateful to Alfredo and Justina for caring for this little guy and doing all they could for him.
They shared: “Unfortunately Nugget passed away this evening. He went quietly in his sleep. Nugget had just recently eaten, slept in a comfy bed and spent his last two days inside a warm house, away from the cold and rain.He is buried by our pear tree, next to our house so he can still be with us. We want to thank you for all you do.”
Our gratitude and sympathy go out to Alfredo and Justina, who made sure that this lost little kitten knew love.
An injured 10-week-old kitten was in the right place at the right time on Saturday night when he was spotted running alongside the road.
Alfredo Chiquito was driving on Highway 26 near Sandy when he caught a glimpse of orange fluff trying to cross the road and decided to stop and help.
Chiquito, who works as an audio/video technician, had spent the day working for the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) at the local shelter’s annual Whisker Wonderland fundraising event. Afterwards, he met up with his girlfriend, Justina Price, who was with him as he drove home from the event.
“We pulled over and noticed [the kitten] was hurt—running slower and sideways,” Chiquito says. “We couldn’t leave him out in the rain and so close to the highway.”
Chiquito said he followed the kitten’s meows while Price parked the car. He found the kitten in a nearby cemetery, hiding inside a gravestone with a small break in it.
“We used a t-shirt to safely grab him and pull him out. He did try to escape, but as soon as he was bundled up, he knew that we were trying to help him.”
The couple took the kitten, who they started calling Nugget, to a veterinary clinic where it was discovered that he has a fracture in his left rear leg. They also checked the kitten for a microchip, but did not find one. The couple reached out to their county shelter about what to do next. They discovered that there’s no shelter in Clackamas County responsible for taking in stray cats, and were referred to private shelters for help.
“They listed Cat Adoption Team as the place to contact, and I thought ‘Perfect! I just met a few people from there today, they’ll know how to help!’” said Chiquito.
He contacted CAT, and the shelter offered to take in the kitten.
Nugget will be treated at CAT’s on-site veterinary clinic. Since he is not microchipped and was found without other ID, he’ll be available for adoption once his leg is healed.
“It’s pretty amazing that we met Alfredo for the first time on Saturday, and then he met Nugget later that night,” said Heather Svoboda, CAT’s communications and development manager. “Working with others to save lives is exactly what we were celebrating at our Whisker Wonderland event!”
Nugget will be available for adoption through CAT following treatment. Anyone interested in adopting Nugget will be able to meet him at that time. All adoptions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
CAT is located at 14175 S.W. Galbreath Drive in Sherwood, Ore., and is open Tuesday-Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For information about CAT’s adoption policies and fees, visit catadoptionteam.org
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