Sandy, Austin want you to support Alameda cat rescue group

When Linda Radek, of Alameda, isn’t teaching second grade at St. Joseph Elementary or coaching the Alameda Gators swim team, she loves rescuing homeless cats for Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA).

Three months ago, I saw a shot of a miserable beige and brown kitten on ICRA’s website, along with a note that the cat had been seen on the Bay View Trail.

Sandy, in mid-September at the Alameda home, an Island Cat Resource and Adoption (ICRA) volunteer, is one of the many cats ICRA has found foster care. ICRA’s Big Annual Pawliday Boutique Fundraising Gala will take place on 3-4 December this year. (Image via Linda Radekke).

“So I dragged my husband with me, and as we were walking along the road I met this lady who said she knew where the cat was lounging.” Keep walking, and you’ll find a bush on one side and a wooden fort some kids built out of driftwood, and the kitten likes to hang out there. “

“So we kept walking, and I said to my husband, ‘There’s no way we’ll see this cat here. ‘He said, ‘Oh my God! That’s it!’ The cat was right in the middle of the road!”

They went home, got two traps, put them where they last saw the cat and waited. and wait. and wait. Three hours later, they returned home.

Sandy, in mid-September with Alameda Island Cat Resource and Adoption (ICRA) volunteer Linda Radek, is one of the many cats ICRA has found a foster home. ICRA’s Big Annual Pawliday Boutique Fundraising Gala will take place on 3-4 December this year. (Image via Linda Radekke)

But Linda did not give up. “I couldn’t bear to think of this cat all alone. No doubt someone threw it. You never find a single cat alone like that.”

So the next morning, she was there again, setting traps and feeding her wet, smelly cat food. “Ten minutes later I heard a trap crack, and knew I had it!”

She named the cat Sandy because she was found near the beach. Since her hands were already full with the care of some of the other cats, she passed Sandy to another ICRA volunteer, Jill Churchill, who said, “Sandy was immediately a friendly cat with soft rabbit fur that loved to cuddle.”

She took Sandy to a vet who examined her, gave her all her injections, dewormed and deflated. After a few more weeks at Jill’s home, she was ready for adoption. And she couldn’t find a better “angry” home. A good spirit named Judy, who adopted a cat named Austin from Jill a few years ago, has been looking for another cat to keep Austin company.

“There were no fireworks, no roaring,” Judy says. “Two days later they were in the same room together, and they took her from there. Last night they were both on my lap, and Austin started licking her face and ears. They really like each other a lot! They are both adorable cats, and they seem to understand that the other is pretty cool too.”

Sandy appears in mid-September at the volunteer home of Island Cat Resources and Adoption (ICRA). (Image via Linda Radekke).

Sandy and Austin are just two of more than 3,300 cats that have found loving new homes since ICRA was founded in 1994. And the kittens they provide make excellent pets because they have never been seen inside a cage before. Each of them is placed in a nursing home instead.

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