SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— A sanctuary fur suit for a San Francisco Bay Area sanctuary cat that was donated by a cat lover who adopted a rescued cat from a shelter has been named “Best of Breed.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to present Sanctuary Fur Coat at the 2016 San Francisco SPCA Awards, which are the largest animal adoption awards in the world,” said Kate Fisch, president and CEO of the San Francisco-based Humane Society of the United States.
“Our cats are very special to us and we’re honored to honor their hard work and the compassion they show through their shelter homes.
Sanctuary Fur Suit is a beautiful symbol of that, and the award recognizes the work of our beloved shelter cats.”
The fur coat was donated to the shelter in November by a man who was in need of a fur coat.
The coat, named Sanctuary Fur, was given to the cat because he and his wife have two dogs and the cat likes to hide and run.
In the past, sanctuary cats have been given coats by the animal rescue group that adopted them, but that group decided it would be too expensive for the shelter to purchase fur coats from an online auction site.
When a cat is adopted, the owner is given a special collar and a coat and a crate, and then the cat spends most of their time in the shelter until they are adopted again.
The sanctuary fur coats were given to Fisch and her husband, Ryan, who adopted Sanctuary Fur from the Bay Area Cat Rescue.
Fisch said they were able to get the fur coat through a rescue group because the shelter wanted to use their cat as a resource for other animals.
But Ryan Fisch said the fur is too expensive.
After the fur came out of the box, Fisch had to find another source to buy the fur and she and Ryan decided to give it to the San Diego Humane Society.
The fur is a mix of fur from five cats who were rescued from a San Diego shelter.
It is the most expensive fur the shelter has ever purchased, Fich said.
San Diego Humane also is trying to raise funds to buy a new coat for Sanctuary Fur.
Ryan Fisch also adopted Sanctuary fur and said the shelter was kind enough to buy it.
“It’s really wonderful,” Fisch told The Associated Press.
More: A cat named Sanctuary, named for San Francisco’s iconic harbor, will win the 2017 Best of Breed award at the SPCAC Awards, a national animal adoption show held in the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2019.
(AP Photo/John Moore)More:Sanctuary Fur, a shelter fur coat donated by the cat lover, has been selected as Best of Breeds by the SSCA.
The shelter will present the winner with a fur suit, a collar and the Best of Bets award at its annual award show at the Convention Center.
Fisch thanked her shelter for donating the fur.