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Sharks hope this story has purr-fect ending

Looking to find new home for good-luck charm 'Jo Paw-velski'

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Sharks let black cat on ice

NSH@SJS, Gm1: Sharks bring black cat to Game 1

R2, Gm1: A black cat runs past the bench, hoping the Sharks can turn fortune in their favor before Game 1

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Black cats often are synonymous with bad fortune, but the San Jose Sharks are treating the feline who walked on the ice Friday before Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators as a lucky charm.

The Sharks are trying to find a home for the cat they have named "Jo Paw-velski" as she recovers from her moment on the ice. In the meantime, she has become a social media sensation.

The team Photoshopped the cat alongside defenseman Brent Burns as he boarded the team flight to Nashville for Game 3 on Tuesday. It was one of many social media posts featuring the cat.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Good luck charm in tow.

That picture, coupled with the cat's story, has created a firestorm on social media. Jo has two Twitter profiles, including one who is a purr-veyor of cat-related hockey puns.

Tweet from @sharkscat: meow, 3 zip #Pens. Murray in the zone. Purrfect GAA so far.

Sharks play-by-play announcer Randy Hahn has changed his Twitter avatar.

Fans also are getting creative with ways Jo can support the Sharks from the road.

Tweet from @yukishido: @hssv @sharkscat @SanJoseSharks I think littlest Joe needs a jersey still.

Hockey fans across Twitter, including this Minnesota Wild fan, are jumping on the Sharks bandwagon because of their treatment of Jo.

Tweet from @JQuaschnick: @TheSharks_NHL ok I'm officially a fan & cheering for the Sharks to win it all because they saved the black cat!! #mnwildfanjumpingship

Humane Society Silicon Valley has set up a live camera where fans can keep tabs on the budding celebrity. At least one hockey fan is doing so already.

Tweet from @JeanneRuairi: My day will now consist of watching @sharkscat on her web cam.

For information on adopting Jo, contact Humane Society Silicon Valley at (408) 262-2133, ext. 150.

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