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Multnomah County

“Charlie Bucket” returns on Oct. 9 to Multnomah County animal shelter

Monday, 10/8/12 - 11:06 am
Kitten found in a bucket ready for adoption after foster care nurses him back to health.

Mike Oswald, 503-988-6233

The kitten found abandoned last July in a five-gallon bucket will return to Multnomah County’s animal shelter on Tuesday, Oct. 9 before he is put up for adoption the following day.
    Media wanting to see “Charlie Bucket” and learn how foster care has made him healthy enough for adoption can visit Charlie between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Oct. 9 at the shelter (1700 W. Columbia River Hwy. in Troutdale) . Starting at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 10, anybody in the general public wanting to adopt Charlie can apply by visiting the shelter. (Potential adopters should note that Charlie has Colici virus, a non-life-threatening, but permanent condition that is contagious to other cats.)

“We know Charlie has a lot of fans and we’re thrilled that he’s now healthy enough to be adopted,” said Mike Oswald, director of Multnomah County Animal Services. “Community members who volunteer to foster animals play a huge role in our efforts to find homes for the thousands of cats and dogs that come each year to our community’s public animal shelter.

“Charlie”— named by shelter staff after the hero from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”—came to the animal shelter last July after receiving emergency care at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. DoveLewis received the kitten, estimated at the time to be 6-8 weeks old, after a Gresham police officer found it along with four dead kittens in a taped-shut, five-gallon bucket.

Since Charlie came to the shelter, he has been recuperating in one of Animal Services' foster care homes. The shelter relies on foster care providers when cats and dogs need recovery time before adoption. Anybody interested in helping fill this important role as a foster provider need only complete a foster application online at

“Charlie is a fighter, he was so sick the first two weeks he didn’t even gain weight,” said Shelley Laird, the foster mom for Charlie. “Now he is a healthy rambunctious kitten with no fear!”

Oswald and Laird will both be available Wednesday, Oct. 10 for questions about fostering and adoption. For general information about fostering and adoption, please go to