The kitten who caused a fuss after becoming stuck in a Jamestown storm drain already had an adventuring spirit and a tendency to crawl into tight places, but now Drano has something better -- a home.
"I don't know how he ended up (in the drain), but I suspect it was his curiosity that got him there," said veterinarian Dawn Entzminger, whose husband, Greg, gave her the kitten as an anniversary present.
Since Drano's adoption, the kitten has already tunneled into one of Greg's shoes, explored the inside of the cupholders in Dawn's car and wandered into a woodpile, proving the Sept. 13 incident was part of a pattern.
It took three people from the Jamestown Police and Street departments an hour and a half that day to retrieve the bedraggled ball of black-and-white fuzz, using a taped-together blanket like a giant Q-tip to push the kitten up and out.
"I see why he got in trouble. He's an explorer," Greg said.
These days, Drano is considerably cleaner, and at the end of the week, when he reaches the age of 6 weeks, he'll get dewormed and vaccinated. He's already been found to be free of feline leukemia, and has been eating solid food at least since he was retrieved from the storm drain.
"He likes fingers and toes, even if toes are in socks," Dawn said, calling the kitten spunky, adventurous and cuddly.
Drano is also extremely sociable. On a Wednesday visit to Dr. Dawn's Pet Stop, he flopped over onto his back and played with Dawn's fingers, and seemed to enjoy every bit of attention anyone could give.
And the kitten has gotten plenty of attention, even from people as far away as Arizona, who have called the James River Humane Society hoping to adopt Drano.
The calls for Drano are in vain, however.
Last week, Greg realized that while he'd planned for his wife's birthday in advance, the couple's third anniversary had snuck up on him.
"I knew she liked that cat and I kind of got the bright idea that maybe that would work. Usually she tries to bring the pets home, and I was always (saying) 'We have too many already,'" Greg said.
Drano has already moved in, and despite his miniscule size, has even learned how to climb onto the bed. He joins the Entzmingers' two dogs and two other cats, who have -- more or less -- accepted him as part of the family.
Kittens and cats galore
While Drano has found a home and a family, the JRHS's capacity for cats -- and kittens -- is completely full, meaning there are 25 other cats who need families.
"I'm glad he's adopted, but we have at least four cats that have been there since February or March," said Sheila Marsalek, cat manager and longtime volunteer for the JRHS. "We really can't take any more until we get some adoptions."
Some of those cats are very young, too, and are being fostered by Katie Geske, a veterinary technician at Dr. Dawn's Pet Stop.
One of them is Delilah, a tiny calico kitten who's 5 weeks old and still gets bottle-fed. When a house dog found her and brought her to help in Buchanan, Delilah's eyes were still closed and her umbilical cord was still attached.
She's so young she's only just learning how to play, Geske said, adding the kitten mostly "likes to cuddle and she likes to eat."
Geske is also fostering Daphne, a 10-week-old young cat afflicted with an eye infection.
Daphne is expected to have limited sight in her left eye after the infection clears completely, but it hasn't slowed her down. She's just as inquisitive and adventurous as Drano. And because Daphne is a little older, she's quite a bit more active and hyper, Geske said.
Then there's India, a 6- or 7-year-old cat someone abandoned at the JRHS doorway, and Dewey, a black and white medium-hair kitten of 9 weeks old.
It costs $100 to adopt a cat from the JRHS, with spaying or neutering, shots and tests for feline leukemia done. There are also discounts for adopting multiple cats, Marsalek said, and dogs are available for adoptions too.
"We just have so many great cats waiting for homes," Marsalek said.
Anyone interested in adopting a dog or a cat from the JRHS may fill out an application online at www.jamesriverhumanesociety. org, or visit the shelter and fill out a paper application at the JRHS, located off exit 262 on Interstate 94.
The JRHS can be reached at 252-0747, and those with an interest in cats specifically may call Marsalek at
The JRHS is also seeking volunteers.
"It's just an awesome place to volunteer ... it really is an amazing place," Marsalek said.
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