Forever home cat of the week - Gabriel

Gabriel is an exceptionally sweet cat who likes dogs, other cats and kids, as well as adults.
Gabriel is an exceptionally sweet cat who likes dogs, other cats and kids, as well as adults. Photo credit: Community Cat Coalition.

With input from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition, each week we will be featuring a cat that needs a loving home.

This gorgeous boy now known as Gabriel appeared late on a July evening more than two years ago in Lisa’s driveway, crying and scared. He clearly wanted help but he was too traumatized to let anyone near. He would only come so close and then dash away when anyone tried to approach him.

Over the next two years, he came to Lisa’s yard every night after dark, crying and rolling in the grass to get her attention. For months, he ran when she brought him food and water, only creeping back to eat when she retreated to the porch to guard him while he wolfed down every bite as fast as he could.

Determined to help him, she slowly moved closer as the months passed, hoping to gain his trust eventually. Finally, one cold night around Christmas, he let her sit a few feet away in the dark while he ate. Sometime in January, he let her touch him for the first time and then the floodgates opened. He rolled, he purred, he meowed and trilled. He pranced and twined around her ankles. He pawed at her leg if he thought she was leaving.

He clearly loved people and when he finally allowed her to pick him up she could see that he was overjoyed to be held again.

Gabriel is an exceptionally sweet cat who likes dogs, other cats and kids, as well as adults. He’s a talker and has a lovely throaty purr. He is still somewhat timid from all that he’s been through, tending to bury his face in the crook of an elbow while he’s being held, but purring like mad the entire time.

He may dash beneath a bed if he’s feeling nervous or dart for an open door, since he spent the last two years outside. However, with love and patience, he will blossom and complete the family who is lucky enough to give him his forever home.

Gabriel has been neutered, vaccinated, received flea rx, wormed, viral tested, and microchipped.

If you would like to meet Garbriel, he will be available at Dooley's Dog House, 425-889-2200.

About the Community Cat Coalition:

The Community Cat Coalition (CCC) was formed in November 2011 when a few people realized that if rescue groups, shelters, and independent rescuers work together, we can make a positive change in the lives of our community cats.

The CCC is an all volunteer organization . All funds go toward the efforts of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) – paying for spay/neuters, vaccines, medical care for injured/sick free roaming cats, or the costs of fostering the kittens who are removed from the sites.

Our goal is to educate interested people in our area so there is a common understanding of what a community cat is (they may be feral, semi-feral, or abandoned/stray tame cats – any free roaming cat) and how to care for them.

The community cats belong to no one person – they belong to all of us. This concept is taking hold worldwide, and we CAN make a difference right here, in our communities.

We provide classes in basic TNR, (Trap-Neuter-Return) open to the public and all shelters/rescues. We give people the tools to do TNR safely and effectively, and we also simply involve them in the care of the community cats.

We also offer classes on related topics, such as care of bottle babies, taming feral kittens, and how to do a barn relocation. All classes are free.

We are excited to be in the middle of this movement - TNR and care of the community cats is a worldwide phenomena and is rapidly gaining in popularity.

Our website is: We also post frequent stories/information on our Facebook page.

We have established an email account in order to provide a way for anyone to reach out and contact us with questions (

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