Skunk-raised cat looking for home

The Looney Tunes story of Pepe Le Pew became reality in May when a young cat was dropped off for adoption at Nelson’s Second Chance Animal Shelter.

Brianne Stevenson holds Peppi the cat.

The Looney Tunes story of Pepe Le Pew became reality in May when a young cat was dropped off for adoption at Nelson’s Second Chance Animal Shelter.

“Peppi was living under someone’s porch with a skunk for the first year of her life,” said Brianne Stevenson with the Second Chance Animal Shelter.

“She has long hair, and is more brown and white now, but before her coat looked black, so she really looked like a skunk.”

Stevenson said that Peppi was likely separated from her mom pretty early to end up adopted by a skunk.

The owners of the house started feeding Peppi and trying to lure her into the house. Eventually she gave in and the family adopted her.

“She lived with them for two years after that, and they absolutely loved her,” said Stevenson.

In the spring, Peppi’s owners were transferred with work and were unable to find an affordable home that would allow cats.

“She was so devastated that she had to give up her cat, that she couldn’t even bring her cat into the shelter. Her parents had to bring Peppi in for her,” she said.

Stevenson said she has never encountered this kind of story before, but the experience of being adopted temporarily by a skunk hadn’t affected Peppi’s personality.

“She does knead a lot with her claws, like she’ll lay in bed for half the day and knead,” she said.

Peppi has been at the Second Chance Animal Shelter since May 28 and is still looking for a new home.

“She’s a wonderful cat that would be the perfect addition to any family,” said Stevenson.

For information on adoption visit the Second Chance website at


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