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Sharks: Black Kitten Jo Paw-velski Has Been Adopted by Local Family

Jo Paw-velski, feline media marvel and the San Jose Sharks' good-luck charm, has a new home right here in Silicon Valley.

The black kitten who made it out onto the SAP Center ice before a San Jose Sharks playoff game on April 29 has been adopted along with another kitten by a local family, according to a news release from the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

"We are pleased to know that Jo has found a good, loving home," John Tortora, chief operating officer of the Sharks, said in the release. "I want to personally thank the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society Silicon Valley for the time and attention they have dedicated to Jo and the other animals in their care. I also want to thank our fans who immediately expressed concern for the well-being of the cat."

The 3-month-old feline, initially was mistaken as a male and named Joe Paw-velski, after Sharks captain Joe Pavelski. She made her Shark Tank debut during warmups before Game 1 against the Nashville Predators and became an instant social media sensation. Fans watched her make a beeline for the oversized, fiberglass shark's head, only to escape under the seats.

The venue’s engineering staff was able to safely rescue the cat the following Sunday, and Jo was taken to the Humane Society Silicon Valley for a health examination and microchip scan.

Finnegan Dowling of the Humane Society said at the time Jo is not of any special breed. "But she is the type of cat that helps hockey teams win games," she said.

Tortora said that a staggering number of people were interested in adopting Jo, a veritable Internet sensation.

NBC Bay Area's Ryann Vargas contributed to this report.

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