‘Must Love Cats’ Westbrook feature airing on Saturday

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WESTBROOK – This Saturday, a national television program on Animal Planet dedicated to cats will be featuring a story about a four-legged feline from Westbrook.

“Must Love Cats” came to Westbrook in November 2011 to film a segment about “Jill,” a gray shorthaired cat in the care of the Westbrook-based Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, according to the shelter’s spokeswoman, Lynne McGhee.

McGhee said the shelter took Jill in after her owner died, but the owner used to live in Florida, and had originally adopted Jill from a neighbor.

That neighbor, McGhee said, owns Jill’s brother, Jack. She had kept in touch with her neighbor over a period of years, and actually sought Jack’s sister out after the neighbor died, searching through websites for local shelters until locating Jill. A transport company picked up Jill in November to be reunited with her brother, and Animal Planet filmed the journey, according to Patsy Murphy, the shelter’s executive director.

McGhee said Jack’s owner works at a golf course, where a producer for Animal Planet learned of the story of Jack and Jill.

Producers for Animal Planet were not available for comment, but Murphy said this week that the show will be broadcasting the segment about Jack and Jill on its program Saturday night. Murphy said she didn’t know just how long the segment would be.

According to Animal Planet’s website, “Must Love Cats” is a show about anything unusual connected to cats.

“From cats that saved their owners’ lives to swanky cat-only hotels, the series spans the realm of all things ‘cat.’ It offers a potpourri of amazing feline stories, jam-packed with interesting factoids and trivia bits,” the site reads.

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