Two special kittens search for special homes

Cha-Cha and Hustle

Cha-Cha and Hustle

SHERWOOD, OR—Two 12-week old kittens with leg deformities have become immediate favorites after arriving at the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) in Sherwood, Ore. on Friday.

The kittens—dubbed “the BUBs of CAT,” an homage to feline celebrity and special needs advocate Lil BUB—have a congenital physical deformity that, like Lil BUB’s dwarfism, affects their mobility. The condition causes Cha-cha, a female calico, and her brother Hustle, a gray male, to walk on their front forearms rather than front feet. The kittens appear otherwise healthy, although it can be difficult to determine whether correlated issues may arise in the future. 

These two special kittens were found in northeast Portland on August 11, and taken to Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) for the chance to be reclaimed. MCAS transferred the kittens to CAT today. 

Earlier this year, CAT received a $2,500 grant from Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). The grant was made possible through a joint effort by the ASPCA® and Lil BUB. The grant funding was provided to support the care and treatment of homeless senior and special needs cats at CAT. 

“Cha-cha and Hustle, like Lil BUB, have special needs that can be particularly endearing,” says CAT executive director Karen Green, “but cats with medical challenges that involve a prescription diet or daily medication don’t always find homes as quickly. Just as Lil BUB’s celebrity has brought awareness to pets with special needs, we hope that sharing Cha-cha’s and Hustle’s story will inspire Portlander’s to consider adding an ‘imperfect’ cat to their family.” 

Though they will face some mobility challenges, the kittens are active, playful, and cuddly. Both Cha-cha and Hustle will be available for pre-adoption beginning Saturday, August 16, and will need to have spay or neuter surgery at CAT before going to new homes. Interested adopters can visit the kittens at CAT’s Sherwood shelter, located at 14175 SW Galbreath Dr., Sherwood, Ore., during regular adoption hours. CAT is open Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Adoptions are completed on a first come, first served basis. 

Those who are not able to adopt but wish to honor Cha-cha and Hustle can make a donation online to support CAT’s programs for adoption, foster, rehabilitation, and low-cost spay/neuter. 

For more information about CAT, visit

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About Cat Adoption Team

The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) is the Pacific Northwest’s largest non-profit, feline-only adoption guarantee shelter. CAT’s mission is to save the lives of homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured cats and to work with our community to provide feline expertise and quality programs and services for people and cats. CAT has found homes for more than 32,000 cats and kittens since it opened in May 1998. As a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity, CAT relies on the generous support of individuals and organizations. 

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