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Cat returned as if by Magic

Original post made on Nov 10, 2012

When Nicola Keating moved from Cupertino to Los Altos six years ago, she kept all of her important belongings, but lost her 6-year-old cat, Magic. The orange tabby had lost his collar in a fight and Keating had scheduled a veterinarian appointment the day he disappeared.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, November 10, 2012, 3:12 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by Retired Staffer
a resident of another community
on Nov 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Let me see--Is this the same Animal Services Department the City Manager and City Council are trying to jettison? Well, Happy Thanksgiving to them.

Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

It would be a tragic loss to this area if the Council and Manager succeed. But, we already know their priorities are screwy.

Posted by cindy
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

What a simply 'M A G I C' story!

Posted by Mimi Wolf
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

We are so very fortunate to have Officer William Warrior. He's a patron saint for animals.

Posted by emily
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

What an amazing story!

Posted by Jeremy Robinson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Nov 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It has been said "The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members." The move last spring to close Palo Alto Animal Shelter last spring became a shocking possibility that would ignore and harm the weakest of our members, the animals in our lives. Thanks to the newly formed group Friends of Palo Alto Animal Shelter (FoPAAS) a strong effort is being made to keep the shelter open and thriving. It is inconceivable that a city as rich as Palo Alto, as well- educated and as generous as are the citizens of Palo Alto would allow such a travesty. Supporting the Animal Shelter and FoPAAS is critical now.

Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Bill Warrior is a prince.

PAAS rules!

Posted by Scottie Zimmerman
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm

What a great story for the Holidays. I am happy for Magic's family and grateful--once again--for Palo Alto Animal Services. Kudos and congratulations to William Warrior for another job well done!

FYI, the citizens of Palo Alto have a remarkably good record when it comes to reclaiming lost pets. Pet owners here take responsibility for the animals they love, and that results in exemplary recovery statistics. Our shelter is at or near the top in the nation for reuniting pets and owners.

I am a proud member of FoPAAS (Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter). You can find our Friends page on Facebook, Web Link PAAS has a bunch of wonderful animal videos on YouTube at Web Link These are created by PAAS Animal Control Officer Cody Macartney (on his iPhone). Finally, FoPAAS has a website that's still under construction, though the basics are there at

Thanks again to William Warrior!

Posted by reine
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Thank you Bill!
I hope we will be able to keep you here for many years to come at PAAS,
and if you ever retire, may be you could help at PaloAltoHumaneSociety?
Thanks again for all the animals you save.

Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I love such stories of animals reunited with their people years later. The stories Magic could tell! Kudos to Officer William Warrior and the ESSENTIAL shelter.

One nitpicking thing: I would love to see pets referred to as "he" or "she," rather than "it." "It" implies inanimate objects, not creatures. Thank you for considering this small point.

Posted by Bob Wagner
a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Kudos to Jeremy Robinson and other Friends of Palo Alto Animal Shelter for their efforts to ensure the survival of a community shelter for the care of our lost, abandoned, or injured furry and feathered friends. I wish them every success in maintaining this critically needed facility.

Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm


How may I donate to your group? Just send to the shelter's address? Thank you.

Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

The mental picture of Magic being put on the phone to convince his guardian of his true identity is priceless.

I wish I'd been privy to both ends of that conversation. Doctor Doolittle not needed.

Posted by Nicola Keating
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Magic is very happy. He has been out and about but has returned to sleep and eat. He is also doing a good job mixing with our other two cats. He really is magic!

Posted by Suzy Heisele
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

This is a great story and very touching as well. I know PAAS for quite some time now and we NEED someone like Mr Bill Warrior to run our beloved PAAS. I do hope this MAGIC story will remind the Palo Alto council members and city managers that we NEED PAAS's help in our neighborhoods.

Posted by Scottie Zimmerman
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Suzy, I like your suggestion that Bill Warrior take over as Superintendent at PAAS! Sandi Stadler has moved on to manage a shelter in a different community. (Best wishes to Sandi!) Sooner or later the Palo Alto City Council must hire someone to take over the position.

Bill knows the workings of the shelter as well as anyone, he's got a passion for animals, and he's obviously great for public relations.

As far as I know, the Superintendent job has not been posted on the City website. When it comes up, I hope Bill Warrior applies for the job.

Posted by Andrew L. Freedman
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Normally I reserve this for my former Marine Corps brothers and sisters, but, "Oooh Rah!!"

William Warrior is awesome! We went to Wilbur Junior High together and have kept in touch through the years. One time, an unleashed neighborhood dog mauled my cat and because I wasn't home, Animal Services took him to the vet. They gave her (Mama) a poor prognosis and she hadn't eaten for days.

Against Medical Advise (AMA), I took Mama out of the cage, took her home, cooked her favorite, salmon. Got her walking and eating in hours, took her back, and the next day, I took Mama home and she lived for another 5 years.

Although I still live in Palo Alto (both William and I grew up here at a time when many young families struggled a little to pay their bills and it was not considered a rich community), I recal William's letter to the editor about 10 years ago (maybe more). Basically, he had been priced out of the city he grew up. I think he wanted folks to know that, in a way, Palo Alto was a victim of their own success and the generation that followed our parents (and all the subsquent generations) were priced out.

Hopefully, William, you're living close by.

You do a job that very few people can do, and dang, you've been at it for at least 25 years now. To me, there are no better people than animal people!

Take care bro!


Call or write when you can: 650 493-5000, ext. 60001

Posted by Scottie Zimmerman
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 15, 2012 at 11:56 am

Nora Charles, you can donate to Palo Alto Animal Services right now. (Deliver in person or mail to 3281 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto.)

The Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter (FoPAAS) is still working to acquire nonprofit status. Meanwhile, donations you make directly to PAAS are tax-deductible.

Oh, I almost forgot! If you have a PayPal account, you can donate to PAAS directly from their online website here: Web Link As an alternative, the website Donate page also gives you a phone number to call to charge a donation to a major credit card.

I tested the new Donate button, and it worked fine! Easy!

Posted by Brian Null
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Yay for PAAS. We have been so fortunate to have them all. As the so-called 'Sherpherd of Palo Alto' I have had my back and forth with the city at times, but over all I have come away with respect, admiration, and even a bit of love for PAAS. Bill, Cody, Fran, Sandi, and others are so great where it could be SO much worse. Thanks guys and hooray for Magic!

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