Mews and Nips: 26-toed Cat Raises Money for Shelter


Finally, a story of a cat lost at an airport had a happy ending. KiroTV reports that Wenty got out of his carrier last Friday night sometime between a flight from Tucson and the baggage claim area at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle, WA. When Wenty’s owner went to claim her cat, she was given an empty carrier. She contacted an organization called Missing Pet Partnership, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their owners. In addition to other services, they use cutting edge techniques and search dogs to aid in the location and recovery of lost pets.

The founder of MPP, Kat Albrecht said volunteers, a cat detection dog, high-powered spotlights, a search camera, an amplified listening device and digital wildlife cameras were used in the search at the airport. A pet detective with a search dog was planning to respond at the Tucson airport, but Wenty was found at about 1 a.m. on Monday, when a baggage employee from United Airlines spotted a pair of white paws sticking out from under a baggage carousel, got down on his belly with a flashlight and was able to grab the cat. Wenty was greasy and slightly dehydrated, but otherwise okay.

What really stands out in this rescue is the cooperation Albrecht received from Alaskan Airlines – you can read a detailed account of Wenty’s recovery on kat Albrecht’s blog.


We previously reported on Daniel, the cat with 26 toes who helped raise funds for the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center. According to ABC’s Good Morning America, officials at the center found out their rent at a Milwaukee-area mall was being doubled on Jan. 1. So, the shelter is buying a new building and is seeking small donations of $26 — or $1 per toe. They’ve collected enough so far to secure the financing with about $80,000 raised since Oct. 24, but they hope to raise $120,000 by Dec. 23 so they can become even more financially stable. About $50,000 of the money raised has come from $26 donations. Read the full story on ABC News’ website.


My favorite story of the week comes from Caren Gittleman of CAT CHAT with Caren and Cody. Caren visited Kitty City, a newly opened cat adoption center in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Cats at Kitty City are not kept in cages. They have a large, open environment, filled with miniature wing-back chairs, kitty condos, varying levels of “cat shelves,”a wicker sleeping area, numerous cat scratchers, plenty of cat toys to go around, ample litter boxes, and plenty of bowls of kibble for when the munchies kick in. Does this sound like kitty paradise? Find out more, and watch the video on CAT CHAT. I hope Kitty City becomes a model for adoption centers around the country.

Today’s video is, once again, about Oskar, the blind kitten I introduced you to last week. I just couldn’t resist sharing this video of Oskar “helping” his human get the Christmas tree set up and decorated!


Have a great weekend!

Photo source: photo of Wenty from, photo of Daniel from, photo from Kitty City ©Caren Gittleman

10 Comments on Mews and Nips: 26-toed Cat Raises Money for Shelter

  1. Lynette
    February 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Oskar died on Monday. 🙁

  2. caren gittleman
    December 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh myyyy!!!!! I have been gone the entire day and have finally sat down to read emails, etc. and imagine my surprise when I saw a reference to Cat Chat and Kitty City! THANK YOU!!!!

    I am deeply touched Ingrid, that was so kind of you!!!!!!


    • Ingrid
      December 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm (9 years ago)

      My pleasure, Caren – it was a wonderful coverage of a wonderful story!

      • caren gittleman
        December 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm (9 years ago)

        thank you again, Kitty City deeply touched me and I am happy that that came through in the post. Addy is one amazing woman!

  3. Julia Williams
    December 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Hahaha!! Loved that video. She just goes on about her business of setting up the tree like he isn’t there messing everything up. MOL.

    • Ingrid
      December 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm (9 years ago)

      I thought that was pretty funny, too, Julia.

  4. Esme
    December 10, 2011 at 11:46 am (9 years ago)

    Ingrid, I almost posted Oskar’s antics on my blog. Very very funny. He is a sweetheart.

    • Ingrid
      December 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm (9 years ago)

      Sounds like you had a version of Oskar’s experience at your house, Esme!

  5. Layla Morgan Wilde
    December 10, 2011 at 8:29 am (9 years ago)

    Three good happy ending stories. Let’s hope this holiday season is a season of more hope. Wenty looks like a long-lost relative of my Odin!(except with two eyes).

    • Ingrid
      December 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm (9 years ago)

      You’re right! Wenty is Odin’s doppelgaenger!


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