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Adam's first Christmas

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 death?s door to a happy ending.

?He runs my whole house now. He?s so big. He?s no kitten anymore. So this is the first time he?ll 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 Rosa?s 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 Adam?s 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 Wright?s 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.

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