Pets of the Week April 19: Fixed-up kitty offers cautionary tale

The Fresno BeeApril 18, 2014 

CCSPCA: Blade, a black 1-year-old male domestic shorthair cat, is looking for a new home after recovering from serious injuries he sustained in a car engine.

"It's a miracle that he made it out alive," said Kim Yrigollen, rescue coordinator for the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "He suffered deep lacerations, and we had to amputate his tail."

Blade hasn't let two major surgeries and the loss of his tail affect his temperament. "He is such a great cat — still so loving," Yrigollen said. "He is one of our favorites."

Blade's wounds have healed and he shouldn't need any future procedures. This great Pet of the Week will be available for adoption at the CCSPCA Animal Center on 103 S. Hughes Ave. beginning Sunday.

The center's hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. It is open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Blade's maiming may seem like a freak occurrence, but the CCSPCA says otherwise.

"Cats crawl into engines and wheel wells to get warm, even in the summer," Yrigollen said. "It gets cold late at night."

Yrigollen said she thinks Blade crawled into a vehicle's engine compartment through the bottom of the vehicle.

She recommends that anyone who parks outdoors thoroughly check their vehicle before starting the engine.

Blade is living proof that cats can fit into unexpected spaces.

To inquire about Blade or seek additional information from the CCSPCA, call (559) 233-7722.

ANIMAL COMPASSION TEAM: Danica is an adorable Miniature Pinscher mix.  She is approx. 1.5 years old, she is great with other dogs, loves to go for walks and is very calm, gentle and affectionate.   Danica is available through Animal Compassion Team 2789 S Orange Ave.  Fresno.  Open Sat.-Sun. 11-6p.  Call 559-299-6364 or

CAT HOUSE ON THE KINGS: Nelson, his adorable 4 year old Maine Coon super fluffy boy came to us after his owner lost her home. (He had been adopted as a kitten from a local animal control agency,)  She reports that he is good with dogs and other cats and is totally a love bug. He enjoys napping, playing, purring and eating! He is just a wonderful, friendly lap cat who needs a wonderful home! Nelson is a BIG cat with long fur who will require frequent brushing and who will benefit from a high quality food. You can come in and meet Nelson at the Cat House on the Kings Adoption Area inside the new Petco at 6557 N. Riverside Dr. at Herndon and Goldenstate in Fresno. You will be required to fill out an adoption application online at Call (559) 222-0228 for more information. The adoption center on Blackstone has a computer for you to use for filling in an application.

MADERA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES: Gingersnap is a 3 pound tiny  girl at 8 weeks old.  She is a total love-bug with the prettiest coat of fur and fabulous highlights.  So if you are looking for a cute little dog with a beautiful personality come and adopt her. There is a $100 adoption fee, and additional $10 fee for a microchip. To submit an application for this pet please go to: madera County Animal Services, 14269 Road 28 Madera, CA 93638. Shelter Hours: Stray Building: Mon - Fri: 10am-4pm; Adoption Center : Mon - Fri: 12pm-4pm, All: Saturday: 10am-2pm

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