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This was Dirty Cat, a former ski bum cat who came into my life a mere month after I lost my two cats to an apartment fire. I didn’t want, and felt I wasn’t ready for, another cat, but she was about 11 years old, and wouldn’t have done well in an animal shelter.

So, I had her owner (who was moving and couldn’t take her) drop her off at my place. I still remember how Dirty Cat paused to take in the place, before making a bee line for my room. That night she jumped up on the bed to sleep by my head, where she slept every night for six years thereafter. Kidney failure required one final trip to the vet last June, but she will live with me forever.

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This is Callie which is short for Calico Tortie. After losing our two elder cats in a four month period our seven year old, Jack, was a little lonely and depressed so after a couple months of mourning we decided it was time to find him a new friend. The local news had mentioned the No Kill LA shelter pet adoption event so we decided to check it out. We had barely started to look when my mom saw Callie in her cage and declared she was the one. 

Callie is the most chill and laid back cat we’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. Even the vet was amazed at how relaxed she is. She is constantly winding through our legs and loves to be held. Jack has quickly taken to her and they are almost inseparable. They are constantly grooming each other and playing together. 

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This is Lucy-Bear! She was found alone near a trading post on the Navajo Reservation by one of our neighbors and they brought her home once they learned she didn’t have an owner (they’ve rescued tons of cats and dogs).  She was scampering near our house and we instantly fell in love.  Lucy was a bit of a terror as a puppy (she ate through a wall), but she has turned into the most loyal, loving, fantastic companion.  I seriously could not have asked for a better dog!

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This is my sweet girl Dia, I’ve had her in my life for nearly four years now. She was born a stray on the streets of Taiwan where she lived with her mother and two siblings until they were trapped and taken in by a local rescue group there called ARTT. 

Dia was flown over to Seattle, WA after receiving medical aid in Taiwan. She was barely 7 months old when she arrived and just skin and bones still even after getting treatments. Her fear of people was to the point of extreme flight and shut down responses. Just being near a person was enough to cause her to curl into a ball and shake never-ending in fear. I originally allowed her into my house with the idea that she would be a foster dog, but after a few days I knew there was no way she would be able to join a normal family. Her fear was too extreme and well she completely fell in love with my other dog who is also a Taiwan rescue. So I foster failed and she joined my life. She’s still scared of strangers and very skittish around even those she’s gotten to know, but with me she’s a little diva dog demanding that I worship her at every opportunity. LOL

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This is Lady. She’s a jack russel and we adopted her from Dierenasiel Leiestreek here in Belgium, which is our local animal shelter.  She had been there for more than 3 months and a half after she was found abandoned at a pole in a park. She had lost one eye and they estimated her to be 8 years old so i guess that explains her long stay there, but I’m so happy to have found her :), and adopting her is one of the best choices we’ve ever made.

We got her 7 months ago and even the day she got here she allready looked so happy, she adapted to her new home in no time. It’s like she knew this was finally a good place. In her first week here she was already running around with our other dogs and had found her own spot on the couch (and mostly on our laps^^).

It’s crazy the amount of love we get from her, you can really tell she appreciates this so much. She didn’t have a good life until now, but man she’s so thankfull for everything she gets now. Rescue pets truly are the best and we love her dearly.

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This is Trilly. I rescued her from the roadside of a traffic congested street when she was just two months old. I’ve always been a dog person, but after saving her I become a crazy cat lady :) Trilly now is two years old, she’s a lazy girl who loves food (just like me) and company. She’s always next to me when I’m at the desk studying, and she watches all the TV series with me.

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This is Dominic! He’s a fabulous, super affectionate cat. We got him from our local RSPCA. We went intending to get a kitten, but we fell in love with him and our RSPCA said it would be better for us to get an adult cat. When he came out to meet us, he sat on my lap and went to sleep. We couldn’t leave him after that.

He’s my first cat, so it’s a new experience for both of us, but he’s so nice and snuggly that he’s making it fabulous. I’m already in love. <3

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In 2010, I was run over by a tractor trailer and almost killed. My girlfriend (now my wife) often would load me up and take me places just to get out of the house. Once such occassion, she suggested going to the local petsmart to look at the kittens they had for adoption.

I was still in a wheelchair, so getting me in to the little room with the adoptions was no easy feat. And in the last cage, at the very bottom, tucked away in the corner and trying not to draw attention to herself was this little cutie. The moment they let me hold her, she made herself right at home and started purring so loud she was practically whining.

Needless to say, she came back home with me. Over the course of my recovery, Chessie (short for Cheshire) was at my side all the time, and the moment I sat or lay down, she’d be in my lap, cuddling and purring. She loved running her claws over my cast, chasing the dog around, sitting on whatever human was close enough, and gazing out the window at the birds. One more than one occasion, she got her claws stuck in the window screen, so I’d come home and she was standing there asleep, one paw stuck in the window.

Chessie is pickier now about who she loves on, and spends most of her time in the bedroom. Every now and then, she’ll sneak into the living room, then turn and flee if someone makes eye contact. She’s gotten a little chubby over the years, but she is still my sweet kitty.

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This is Tabetha. In 2003 my niece and nephew found a stray wandering in our yard. she was about a year old and extremely emaciated.  I had already taking in a stray dog that we had found but I couldn’t let this cat starve! it was a little rough in the beginning a neighbor kid shot her in the leg with bb gun & she broke her paw.  but she’s a tough cookie! She does have an attitude & it’s always her way!  nevertheless we love her.

 

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This is Henrietta Pussycat and her kitten Daniel Striped Tiger. I’m currently fostering them in San Francisco for Wonder Cat Rescue. http://wondercatrescue.org/

They’re still looking for their furrever home, but whoever adopts them will be a lucky kitty parent! :)