Adam the cat is home for the holidays.
He is spending his first Christmas at his new home with Tina Wright, a veterinary nurse who shepherded him from deaths door to a happy ending.
He runs my whole house now. Hes so big. Hes no kitten anymore. So this is the first time hell see a Christmas tree, said Tina Wright of Animal Hospital of Cotati.
The tiny feral kitten was found June 21 burned over 45 percent of his body in a cage on the banks of Paulin Creek in Santa Rosas Apple Valley neighborhood.
Estimated to be about 8-weeks-old, he was among several feral cats captured by a good Samaritan who intended to deliver the cats to Forgotten Felines to be spayed or neutered.
But the cage was stolen, some cats were released and one later named Adam by caregivers was set on fire.
Two teenage girls were arrested in connection with the crime. They face charges related to animal cruelty, and their case is moving through Juvenile Court.
Donations from around the world paid Adams extensive medical bills. Remaining funds will cover his continuing care. Although his ear tips and tail are gone, his skin grafts worked and his fur has grown back. After five months of surgeries, the little black cat was well enough by Halloween to be adopted by Wright.
Adam and Wrights other pets, including two dogs, have all learned to get along, she said.
Wright recently was honored by Forgotten Felines for her dedication and commitment to Adam.
They had a map of the world with little black cats stuck on it to show all the e-mails or calls about Adam. I dont think there was one country without a cat. Apparently, Italy is big on Adam. France loves Adam. Portugal, too, Wright said.
Adams hospital buddy, Louis, a gray cat with a white blaze down his nose, also has been adopted. Known for his naughtiness, Louis taught Adam how to be a playful cat. Louis new owner is a client of the veterinary practice.
Recently, they were at the pet hospital on the same day. Adam was in a cage and Louis slept on the floor next to him, Wright said.
Sometimes Adam has to come in for lab work, so theres a chance they could see each other in the future, she said.
You can reach Staff Writer Rayne Wolfe at 521-5240 or firstname.lastname@example.org.