by Lisa Tome
Life has turned around for a young mother.
Driven from her first home by her children, Pumpkin has taken up residence in Chesapeake City's town hall. The rehoming of Pumpkin is indicated by a sign on the door of town hall "Rescued cat inside. Please do not let out. Thanks."
Chesapeake City town manager Sandra Edwards explained how the calico cat has come to reside in town hall. A few weeks ago, town maintenance technician Jesse Cloud told the staff in town hall that he had seen a stray cat roaming around Bohemia Avenue. A business owner also reported seeing the stray residing outside their business.
The evening of Saturday, December 2, Edwards was walking in town and spotted the cat foraging in a trash can for food. That's when she took the cat to town hall and fed it. She also called on other staff to bring supplies for the cat. Pumpkin then stayed at town hall for two nights. She escaped after that but then returned. She has taken a liking to Edwards who with other town staff has worked to reunite Pumpkin with her owners. "We figured it was someone's cat because it was friendly," said Edwards.
Town staffer Tonya Lockwood posted about the lost cat on social media.
That's when they found out that the cat had a home and now grown kittens but kept leaving the home because the kittens were mean to her. Now the town staff, who before they knew Pumpkin's name were calling it "Dino" or "Dina" in honor of former Mayor Dean Geracimos, who recently gave up his post leading the town.
Edwards said the town staff has grown attached to the cat. Lockwood may take the cat home with her part time, if it gets along with the cat that currently rules her roost.
"She's my buddy. She likes to sit in my lap or on my keyboard. She cat head butts me," said Edwards.
New mayor Rich Taylor has also been receptive to the cat's presence. Edwards said the cat has been a welcome visitor during a busy time. "It's been good for staff bonding too," said Edwards.