Adam the cat adopted by his nurse

ONLINE For video of Adam's road to recovery, visit pressdemo.com.It won't feel any different to Adam the cat, but from this day forward, Adam has a home.

It's the same house where he's spent nights and weekends for months, recuperating under the watchful eye of his nurse, Tina Wright of Animal Hospital of Cotati.

But now, after five months of surgeries and skin grafts, the little black cat is well enough to be officially adopted by his dedicated nurse.

"I gave adopting him a lot of thought because I have other pets, but what I realized is that he has bonded so strongly to me. I just didn't want to break that bond," said Wright, a veterinary nurse.

The kitten was found June 21, burned over 45 percent of his body in a cage on the banks of Paulin Creek in Santa Rosa's Apple Valley neighborhood.

The kitten was about 8 weeks old and was among several feral cats humanely captured by a good Samaritan who intended to deliver the cats to Forgotten Felines to be spayed or neutered.

But the cage was taken, some cats released and one -- later named Adam by caregivers -- was burned alive.

Two teenage girls were arrested in connection with the crime and face charges related to animal cruelty. The case was moving through Juvenile Court, and no further details were available.

"It's been a long journey, but now that Adam has been given a medical release, really all that's left is the paperwork," said Forgotten Felines executive director Jennifer Kirchner.

The little cat that lost his tail, the tops of his ears and most of the muscle mass on his back drew an outpouring of support as his story was picked up by wire services and went out across the country.

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