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Annie, Nevin, and Henry were four weeks old when taken from their mother, placed in a
cardboard box and thrown into a canal in Brooklyn during a severe thunderstorm. The
rough current of the water washed the box up onto a crumbled stone bulkhead where they
were trapped for hours until the box collapsed and Piggy, the largest, managed to crawl
out and scream for help. The kittens were infested with fleas and covered with
ringworm. Annie and Nevin had some close calls over the next several weeks, but all
have grown up beautifully. It was later learned that the people who owned their
mother thought that drowning was an acceptable method of dealing with the kittens she
produced three-four times a year. The kittens rescuers decided the kittens had
gone through enough and will keep them together for the rest of their lives. Spaying
and neutering eliminates the problem of unwanted kittens and is also healthier for your
was adopted from death row at a kill shelter in New York. He was 10 years old
at the time with bad cataracts and was thought to be unadoptable. His fur was badly
matted. He was skin and bones with one almost totally white eye, but his most
noticeable characteristic was his waggy tail that showed off his merry disposition even
under the worst adversity. Hes brought great joy to his new family both
the two-legged and four-legged ones. See JJ with a new friend.
Older animals make wonderful companions. Theyre not destructive, they are
housebroken and much calmer than younger ones and they have just as much love to give.
was 10 days old when she was found between two garages in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Her
mother was a stray who had been chased from yard to yard and must have lost Penny at some
point while trying to transfer all her kittens to safety. A resident heard the
pitiful cries of the frightened, hungry kitten and went to great lengths to extract her
from the narrow space where she had been dropped even though he knew he couldnt take
her in because his daughter was highly allergic. Once she was out of immediate
danger, he contacted a friend who had experience raising orphaned kittens. Penny did
very well with bottle-feedings, was adopted by her foster Mom and has grown big and
strong. Never turn your back on a helpless creature who will not survive without your
Willie was adopted from a kill
shelter. His time was up and shelter workers were frantic to place him. He
certainly was not the best-looking cat in the place. He was a gawky, scraggly tabby
with short course fur, but he had won them over with his charming personality.
Although there were many adorable kittens up for adoption in the shelter, the workers
placed Willie in a cage out front and begged each visitor to take him. Their efforts
paid off and he was placed in a loving home. Dont pick an animal solely on
looks. Remember, beauty is only skin deep.
Larry was adopted from a Rescue Group that had taken in more animals than it
could properly care for. He was one of dozens of sick kittens crammed into cages in
a foster home. His foster Mom had too many babies to care for so his problems went
untreated. He had ringworm, ear mites and infected eyes. It was some months
before these ailments were cleared up and many more before he purred his first purr.
The time invested in his recovery was well worth it. He is a wonderful, loving
companion today. See Larry
all grown up. Animals in rescue groups and no-kill shelters are not
necessarily better off than those in kill shelters.
was thrown out of a car and lived on the street for a number of months. He tried
house after house begging for food and attention but no one was interested in another
stray cat. He slowly wasted away but did not give up. He took up residence in the yard of
a woman who wanted to help but already had three cats who didnt like Francis one bit
and attacked him at every opportunity. He would sit on the porch railing and stare
for hours into the house hoping to convince her to change her mind. She didnt,
but her neighbors couldnt bear to watch him suffer any longer and took him in where
he has lived happily ever after. Theres always room for one more.
had been rescued as a tiny stray kitten and was devoted to her elderly mistress.
When the woman died suddenly, Toby lay next to her on the floor not understanding what had
happened. Emergency medical technicians removed the body but left Toby who hid under
the bed when forced to leave her mistress. No provisions had been made for her and
because of her age (6 years old) she was to be euthanized. Friends were finally
located who were willing to adopt her. Toby grieved for some time but has learned to
enjoy life again. Many animals lose their lives along with their owners who made no
provisions for them in case of death.
was surrendered to a kill shelter by people who felt they were just too busy to care
for her any longer. She was only five months old and didnt have a clue as to
what she had done to deserve such a fate. A kind soul visiting the shelter noted
from the card on her cage that her time had just about run out. She was adopted on
the spot. What a sweet, loving dog she is. How many other wonderful
animals are destroyed each day because not enough people adopt?
Tootsie was purchased
from a pet shop when she was about eight weeks old. She would not use the litter pan
and had accidents all over the house. She also had very bad diarrhea. She lost a
lot of weight and got tired easily. She didnt want to be bothered with
anything. It was very hard to live with her. Her family took her to their
veterinarian and found out that she had all kinds of internal parasites. It took
many months and a lot of money before she was on the road to recovery because the
parasites had done a great deal of damage to her tiny body. Always check to see
if there are medical reasons for behavioral problems. Dont buy animals from
is a very big dog with lots of energy. He wants to be on the run constantly.
He also suffers from chronic ear infections. One warm summer day his family drove
him to a park in Brooklyn. They let him out, closed the car door and drove off
without him. He chased the car but just couldnt catch up with them. He
must have been too much for his family to handle so they took the easy way outeasy
for themtorture for him. He wandered the streets for months. Because of his
size, crooked ears and tilted head, he had a menacing appearance that frightened people
away. He had never been out on his own before and he was scared too scared to
even accept food. He almost faded away to nothing a shadow of a dog, darting
between cars, hiding from people, sleeping in the rain. Moved to sympathy by the
plight of an animal who seemed hopeless, unlovable, untouchable, a resident started
leaving food in the street. It took weeks but she finally gained his trust enough so
one night she reached out her hand to him in friendship and touched his face. His
reaction? He whined and cried and climbed all over her relieved to finally be
coming out of his nightmare. No shelter or rescue group could help him from the
street he had to be put in a home where his disposition could be further assessed
but his new friend had cats and he was a big, powerful dog who could kill them in an
instant. She took a chance with very careful supervision and found that Ralph was a
big pussycat himself. Now there was no need to look for a home for him he was
home. Dont ever abandon an animal thinking he will be able to survive.
Ralph was lucky. Most animals arent. If your animal is having
behavioral problems, get professional help to work through them. He is your
responsibility so act responsibly and do the right thing.
was an undersized three-month old semi-feral kitten who did not do well on the street.
During a long period of very bad weather, she got sick and very weak and could not
find enough food to keep up her strength. An untreated eye infection had left her
blind in one eye. She hid in a lot where school busses were parked and cried off and
on for days but could not be located. During a particularly bad thunderstorm she
reached the end of her rope and started wailing with the little strength she had left.
Her big mouth saved her. A resident followed the sound and put food out.
She was so starved that she left the safety of cover to devour her first meal in
days. She was grabbed, spitting, growling, scratching and biting and brought inside
to safety. Because she was never properly socialized as a little kitten, Mary will
never be a lovable lap cat. She is, however, a favorite in a house full of cats
because of her fighting spirit and her will to live. There is no greater honor to
her new family than to be allowed to scratch the top of her head for an instant before she
darts off. Consider adopting an "unadoptable" animal. They can be
a great joy and give love in unconventional ways that can be very satisfying. Think
about making room for one more.
was the runt of a litter adopted from a pound in Pennsylvania. His new
"dad" was not really a cat person and determined to treat his new kitten like
the dog he would have preferred. He handled the kitten constantly, showering him
with affection and attention. Autie grew up to be a remarkable cat retaining all the
wonderful attributes of a cat but also having some dog-like qualities such as his
responsiveness and devotion to his dad. Kittens who are handled a lot and given much
love and attention will repay you with devotion and affection a hundred-fold.