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Kenmore the cat leaves station for comfort of trolley operator’s home

By Emily Sweeney
Globe Staff / December 7, 2009

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A stray cat that had been living at Kenmore Station has finally found a real home.

After months of roaming the tunnels and dodging trolleys, the striped tabby - named Kenmore - is being adopted by MBTA trolley operator Karen Ingraham.

Kenmore was first spotted on the tracks by MBTA employees in July, according to Ingraham.

“He was a little kitten hiding by the rubber under the rails,’’ said Ingraham, who lives in Roslindale. “We don’t know how he got down there. We tried so many times to rescue him, but he would run away and hide.’’

The elusive feline grew up to become something of an underground celebrity. In recent months, passengers have written about Kenmore sightings on UniversalHub.com. Just a few weeks ago, Shaula Clark of the Boston Phoenix snapped a photo of the cat lounging across the thick yellow line on the subway platform. The picture was published under the headline “Kenmore cat can’t be caught.’’

For five months, MBTA employees brought food and bottled water to Kenmore, and worried about his safety.

“It was so hard watching him dodging trolleys. He was the same color as the rocks,’’ said Ingraham. “I knew this cat was in danger.’’

Ingraham, who has a 9-year-old cat at home, said she spent one of her days off trying to catch Kenmore, to no avail. She gave a pet carrier to another MBTA employee, who captured the cat Thursday.

“He’s never been outside the subway,’’ said Ingraham, who marveled that Kenmore survived in the subway station for so long. “I believe he’s surrounded by guardian angels.

“He’s safe now. He’s going to be well taken care of.’’

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com.