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.
“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.
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 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.
Some of these foster homes contain dogs, so cats raised in those homes will thrive in a home with resident dogs. Others have young children, so these cats will suit families with children. and so on and so on. The whole idea is for everyone to live happily ever after. If you would like to view the cats available with ICRA, visit their website at icraeastbay.org. This is also where you can donate to the group’s lifesaving mission.
ICRA’s largest fundraiser of the year is the Pawliday Boutique at Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. It’s always a great party where you can shop for hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, special gifts, handmade goods, plants and flowerbeds, holiday decor, self-care treatments, textiles, and more cat-themed items than you’ve ever dreamed of. ICRA is an entirely voluntary organization; There are no paid employees, so every penny will go to the kitties.
Doors will open 10am-6pm on December 3, and 10am-5pm on December 4. Entry is free, and if you want to peek and pick up an item, I recommend the 5-8pm private preview. 2 dec. Preview admission is $5, but you’ll also get a pair of free raffle tickets for a great prize that I swear to keep secret.
Tell them that Austin and Sandy sent you.
Martin Snape She can be reached at email@example.com.