Abandoned cat ready for adoption at Rancho Santa Fe Animal Center


By City News Service

A big 7-year-old cat dropped off at the Helen Woodward Animal Center on Christmas Eve and named George Bailey’’ by staff is ready for adoption.

The male feline was quarantined for two weeks after he was discovered in a crate left outside the center’s horse stables but he has since passed his health checkups and had a tooth extracted.

The 16-pound, short-haired domestic black cat, named after the lead character in the classic Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life,’’ is nowready to settle into his wonderful new life and is hoping a real-life angel can provide him a loving home,’’ according to an animal center statement.

Staffers arriving to work Dec. 24 found an apologetic note from the owner that said he was no longer able to take care of the cat.

Information on adopting the cat can be obtained from the center’s Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117, ext. 1, online at or in person at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.