Boston Police Department SWAT Team Builds Cat Mascot a Spacious New ‘Condo’

Thanks to the kind officers of the Boston Police Department Mobile Operations unit, an adorable stray calico now has a spacious new ‘condo.’

“SWAT Cat” showed up around the BPD Special Weapons and Tactics base back in 2013. The SWAT team quickly fell in love with the kitty, who would greet them as they returned from a call and stay close to them when they were outside. It was hoped the sweet feline could be captured and become an indoor kitty, but that was not to be.

The Facebook Boston Police Department community page posted February 11

“The men and women of the BPD SWAT Team have tried numerous tactics over the years to convince her to come in from the elements but she is set in her ways. They have built numerous shelters for her in the past – none more impressive than this one which is fully insulated and suits her independent lifestyle.”

SWAT Cat has a fancy new condo, thanks to BPD

Although SWAT Cat has had several dwellings provided in the past by the department, her newest accommodations are top notch, featuring a spacious studio interior layout, a large deck for outdoor dining and glass sliding doors offering panoramic city views. Her new home was made possible by Officer Jamie Pietroski, a 15-year veteran of the department, who stayed late after work for several nights preparing the new home.

The very grateful kitty moved right into her new home and appears pleased. While it’s unfortunate SWAT Cat didn’t want an indoor cat lifestyle, those with the BPD SWAT team are glad she approves of the home they lovingly provided her.

Thank you, officers, for taking the time to make life better for the stray cat who chose you to be her family. This heartwarming act of kindness is appreciated, especially by SWAT Cat.

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Elisa Taylor

Elisa’s articles have helped save thousands of the shelter pets she writes about, along with animal welfare and cruelty case articles which are published on as well as her personal website at (National Cat Reporter). Elisa lives with her daughter and a multitude of cats (including one cat­-dog named Cujo). As a writing “addict” Elisa enjoys sharing interesting stories with other animal lovers.


  1. Shirley Swaine says:

    What a brilliant little cat house. Their kind efforts for her will be returned many fold.

  2. Lisa Walcott-Moreley says:

    Bless these kind police officers!

  3. Terry Crowell Kindley says:

    This is such a kind and beautiful thing to do. Bless all of them involved. (But I hope that SWAT Cat has been spayed and at least had her rabies. I would be glad to sponsor this if it hasn’t already been done.) Love these kind of stories!

    1. Elisa Taylor says:

      I’ll contact them over the weekend to be sure SWAT Cat has been spayed and had her rabies vaccine. I would imagine she has since the officers wouldn’t want kittens running around in danger of being hit by a car.

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