Three weeks after taking a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge as a stowaway, a Marin County, CA cat has found a new home with a man who took a shine to her when her story first made the news. Kitty’s colorful new dad is both a veteran police officer and an Elvis impersonator.
A beautiful young cat wearing a distinctive blue studded collar and bell hitched a ride from Mill Valley to Santa Cruz after climbing up into the engine compartment of a van parked overnight at a McDonalds on March 20. We posted her story, with the first of a couple of news videos publicising the kitty, on March 22, with Kitty is Looking For Her Family After Hitching a Ride Across the Golden Gate Bridge. Kitty spent some time at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter, waiting for her family to come forward, then was transferred back closer to her presumed home, to the Marin County Humane Society, where the appeals for the family to come and collect their cat continued.
The beautiful girl was finally put up for adoption, and has gone to live with a local resident who has followed her story from the time she made news for her stowaway ride across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Bill Palmini, of Novato, CA is well known around Marin County as a police veteran and Elvis impersonator. He has visited schools in character, as the King of Traffic Safety going back to the 1990s and still appears onstage occasionally as Elvis the Cop at fairs and fundraisers. He is currently chief of public safety at Hastings Law School in San Francisco.
In a feature on his adoption of the stowaway kitty, Palmini is quoted in the Marin Independent Journal and Mercury News saying “I had that emotional feeling come over me, and it had to happen. I felt if nobody claims it, I wanted it to have a home.”
The picture from the MHS of Bill and his new kitty speaks volumes about the love and security kitty will know in her new life in a good home.