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Man rescues injured kitten along Hwy 26 after leaving cat shelter event

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Nugget (Photo: Cat Adoption Team) Nugget (Photo: Cat Adoption Team)

UPDATE: (8:25 p.m. Nov. 16) A sad update to this story. Cat Adoption Team sent out an email saying that Nugget had passed away Monday night. He was schedule to arrive at CAT's hospital on Tuesday. CAT said although Nugget seemed healthy and strong, it's possible that he was suffering from unseen issues in addition to his fractured leg. CAT said they are incredibly grateful for Chiquito and his girlfriends care of the kitten.



On Saturday, a man driving home from a cat shelter event spotted an injured kitten along Highway 26, and decided to stop and help.

Alfredo Chiquito was driving down HWY 26 near Sandy with his girlfriend when he spotted a glimpse of orange fluff trying to cross the road. 

Chiquito was on his way home after spending the day working for the Cat Adoption Team (CAT) at the shelter's annual Whisker Wonderland fundraising event when he spotted the kitten.

"We pulled over and noticed [the kitten] was hurt-running slower and sideways," Chiquito says. "We couldn't leave him out in the rain and so close to the highway." 

When they pulled over, Chiquito followed the kitten's meows to a nearby cemetery. The kitten was hiding inside a gravestone with a small break in it.

Chiquito used a t-shirt to safely grab the kitten and pull him out.

They took the kitten to a veterinary clinic where they learned it had a fracture in his left rear leg. Vets checked for a microchip, but did not find one.

Chiquito and his girlfriend reached out to their county shelter about what to do next and they found out that there are no shelters in Clackamas Co. responsible for taking in stray cats, and were referred to private shelters for help.

"They listed Cat Adoption Team as the place to contact, and I thought 'Perfect! I just met a few people from there today, they'll know how to help!'" said Chiquito.

Chiquito called CAT and they offered to take in the kitten. 

The kitten, now named Nugget, will be treated at CAT's on-site veterinary clinic.

Nugget will be available for adoption through CAT after his leg is healed.

For more information about CAT, visit

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