A short YouTube video of C.C. in better health.
What a lovely cat she was.
For 18 years, the Alamo was defended against rodents by a lovely black-and-white cat named C.C., or Mistress Clara Carmack. Sadly, C.C. passed away on July 6, 2014, after battling health problems for two years and being in particularly poor health over the past several weeks.
She became the Alamo cat in 1996, when she showed up on the site in San Antonio, Texas, and the staff began caring for her. Popular with staff and visitors, C.C. enjoyed her own sort of fame, and the gift shop began selling souvenirs featuring her likeness. Her duties included chasing mice and other vermin and, like many other cats, she also enjoyed lounging in the library.
C.C.’s predecessor as Alamo cat was a tortie named Ruby, who patrolled the grounds in the 1980s. Ruby is buried on the grounds in an area not accessible to the public, and C.C. will be buried next to her. C.C. will also be honored and remembered with a plaque like Ruby’s, featuring her name and title.
Rest in peace, C.C.