This “love bug” of a kitty – a burn victim – is looking for a happy home

By Kate Hogan
Updated June 05, 2009 01:44 AM

All throughout June, in honor of American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month, we’ll be spotlighting cats from around the nation in need of loving homes. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Burnadette, a 3-year-old domestic short-haired cat with a beautiful black coat.

Burnadette came to the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) of Sherwood, Ore., after being found under the hood of a car with a nasty burn across her back. Since receiving treatment from the shelter’s doctors, she’s ready for adoption, and according to CAT’s spokeswoman Kathy Covey, “her outer beauty will match her inner beauty as her wound heals.” A “steady companion,” Burnadette (the spelling of her name is derived from her scar) doesn’t appear to be emotionally scarred from her ordeal, and especially loves having her head rubbed. The “love bug” has a soft, sweet purr, luminescent green eyes and loves any type of cat toy!

CAT, the largest nonprofit, cat-only shelter in the Pacific Northwest, found homes for more than 3,000 needy felines in 2008. The operation has grown immensely since opening 11 years ago, and as a no-kill cat shelter, CAT provides a loving environment for young and old cats until they find their perfect match. CAT even offers hospice foster care to allow ill or aging cats a chance to live out their final years in happiness. The shelter created the first organized pet food bank in the region last summer, distributing more than 10,000 pounds of cat food to struggling cat owners in one year alone.

CAT is open seven days a week, and is always in need of donations! Visit their Web site to contribute online, and if you’re in the area, check out their upcoming 5K run/walk, the CATnip Friday 5K & Mouse Miler, taking place Friday, August 14.