July 22, 2015
I’ve been volunteering for KittyKind for so long, I can’t remember when I started or even if it was in this century! Like most KittyKind volunteers, I started as a cleaner and feeder to the cats at the adoption center in Petco, Union Square. Then I washed the cats’ dishes for about 5 years. Now I help coordinate KittyKind events. I also work with the current KittyKind President, Marianne, on KittyKind’s Spay/Neuter Day. I fill out the medical forms for our cats that need surgery, pack them up in to their transport carriers, and help get them transported to the spay/neuter clinics. I also work with our adopters to help get unaltered cats to the spay/neuter clinics that are farther away, like the edge of Queens.
I don’t know why, but I have always been drawn to cats, feeding them in the alleys of New York City since I was a kid. I love volunteering for KittyKind because I get to meet amazing, cool and classy people from all walks of life…all united in scooping the litter boxes of our city’s homeless cats while they await their forever homes!
July 20, 2015
My boyfriend and I were in the market for a beta fish at the PetCo in Union Square, but after looking at the rows of adoptable cats from the Kitty Kind Rescue, we decided that it was time to make a bigger commitment than a farmed fish and adopt a rescue cat. That night we perused the Kitty Kind website and per the e-mail requirement, submitted the qualities we were looking for in a cat and the names of adoptable cats we thought might best fit our home. The website was incredibly detailed and up-to-date, which was a refreshing change from scrolling through Petfinder. As first-time adopters and cat-owners, we were unsure how an organization that rescues cats from a variety of unfortunate situations would treat us. Neither of us thought we’d get a response in 24 hours, much less detailed information on all the cats whose names we submitted, but Kitty Kind representative Miriam was immediately in touch with helpful information and a huge welcome.
Through the next two weeks, which is not a very long time at all when adopting your first cat, we worked very closely with Miriam in meeting cats who would do the best in our home. Any other rescue organization who has a long list of cats who need homes immediately may not have been as patient in making sure we found the best cat for us, but Kitty Kind really knows their cats and works very hard to make sure they end up in the most compatable home.
When we saw that there were Kitty Kind cats available to visit at the Meow Parlour in addition to cats at PetCo and in foster homes, we made an appointment to visit a particular cat who seemed like the perfect match. The Meow Parlour was very kind in waiving their standard visitation fee (as we were potential fosters or adopters) and gave us unlimited time to meet their cats. While Luke was not the cat for us, the big orange tabby snoozing away in the cubby underneath his seemed like someone we had to meet. What followed is the ultimate victory in pet adoption: we didn’t choose our animal companion as much as we were chosen. After checking us out from across the room, the big orange tabby with freckles on his nose came over to us and let us say hello, only to climb into each of our laps and fall asleep. We were smitten, and started the foster process the next day.
Since our buddy has been in our home, we’ve had two medical emergencies and a lot of learning experiences. Through it all, his previous foster dad and ultimate Kitty Kind cat mama Miriam, have made themselves available via phone or e-mail to guide us through. We felt, and continue to feel, supported by an organization who cares enough about their cats to stay in contact with the homes the cats go into, and having adopted a pet in the past, I know that this is a rare occurrence. We could not be happier with our pet, our experience with Kitty Kind and the Meow Parlor, and all the people who volunteer their time to make sure these cats are happy and healthy.
July 2, 2015
A couple years ago, right before Hurricane Sandy, I took an application for a young kitten named Abe…he, his 2 siblings, and their mom, had been dumped with us one morning…I remember it very clearly, as I was at KK on my cleaning shift, and I turned around to find a carrier w/3 kittens still nursing!! The mom and kittens were fostered together until they were ready to be separated. At first the fosterers named the kittens Bacon, Lettuce, & Tomato…those names were changed when they came in to KK…Bacon became Abe. Anyway, after taking the application, I was unable to followup because of the Sandy, since I was stuck down in the Lower East Side, with no power and no way to contact anyone!! Fortunately, the adopters were determined, and contacted KK to find out what was going on with their application. They spoke to Miriam, who was able to get the adoption back on track!! The cat, Bacon/Abe, is now known as Liam. He’s in a wonderful home and completely adored by his owners and feline sisters. The adopter still regularly sends Miriam and I pictures. Last night he stopped in to say hi and give us an update, and I asked if we could post pictures of Liam, which he was thrilled for us to do. Here are some recent pictures of Liam…
June 20, 2015
Thank you Kitty Kind for the best gift ever—Lulu! She is so great! I can’t even believe how adorable and fun she is; we have the best time. You guys were so wonderful and professional to work with and clearly understand the importance of finding the right human to match the personality and needs of your beautiful cats. After just two months, I can’t imagine life without Lulu, she is a doll. I am so appreciative of the time and care you put into your matches, and for your devotion to the cats. I am so grateful I found you!”
May 6, 2015
When we first got Walter, his CH (cerebral hypoplasia) was very apparent as he would slide around our apartment wood floors, knock his head on walls, etc. But what was more apparent was the emotional scarring that Walter had/has from being born into and surviving on the streets as an alley cat, having been given-up twice by families once being taken off the streets, and spending a significant amount of time in a cage waiting to be adopted.
At first, he was very reluctant to be pet/approached/picked-up. Any psychical contact with him met us with aggressive responses. He wasn’t so much a cuddle-cuddle cat, but more of a scratchy-bite cat. As a result, we spent the first 6 months with him tending to large scratches all over us.
However, knowing his history, we started to work on his trust issues. Walt has an abundance of character. He is easily the most curious cat we’ve ever encountered. Everything we do in our ap
t, he’s right there watching us, butting his head into the action. To be a part of anything going on, he leaps up on chairs, beds, and even once into the shower (while Jesse was in it, which was a shock to both of them – haha). His CH never gets in the way of anything he wants to do, anywhere he wants to go, or anything he wants to see for himself — without thought to any disability he has, he just runs/leaps/crawls/slides over to find out whats going. Sometimes it means falling on his face, head-butting a wall, or misjudging a landing target just to have to attempt the landing all over again.
Over the 2 years he’s been with us, and reinforcing our love to him, he’s relaxed a lot. He’s still not a lap cat, but now he sleeps in bed with us, greets us at the door with talkativeness and stumbles when we come home, and lets us watch birds out the window next to him. He loves playing with his favorite toy – a feather on a string. Ignoring his CH, he attacks the feather with a reckless abandon. Then at night, when we go to bed, he finds his feather toy and carries it to bed with him, tripping on the string every other step. It’s adorable. How can you not fall in love with a cat who does that??
Walter’s CH is a condition he has, but neither he nor we notice it. He’s just a cat with some normal adoptive-pet issues. CH doesn’t get in his way — he’ll always be curious of everything going on, have a murderous lust for pigeons on the window sill, and some day, will hopefully sit on our laps. His character and personality will always dwarf his disability. Walter is a work in progress, but time has started to heal his emotional scars — he’s a very different cat from the day we got him and hopefully things only continue to get better.
Abby & Jesse
April 28, 2015
“About two years ago on a very cold February morning, a neighbor called me to say there was a huge cat in the back area of our building. I went out and found Axl standing there, looking very scared and cold. He was behind a restaurant that had just closed down, and they just left him there with the doors open after they moved out. Axl had lived in the basement of the restaurant for years. He was 27 pounds (he is “only” 17 pounds now) and was being fed leftover human food which made him really big. When I brought Axl to live with me he was so big that his belly touched the ground, but his tests and bloodwork were all perfect. He was so happy and affectionate that I totally fell in love with him, as did my girlfriend. But when I started to introduce my own cats to Axl, he became withdrawn. We hoped Axl’s inexplicable fear of other cats would get better with time, but it didn’t. With one exception: for a 6-month period when I rescued two litters (11 cats in all) of shy teen kittens. Axl became best friend, dad, and protector to these kittens (you can see how sweet they were together in some of the attached photos). The kittens would try to nurse on Axl and felt safe when near him. But over the months the kittens got adopted and by 8 months ago we were back to just Axl and my other cats. Axl was even more unhappy than before. At that point we realized he just couldn’t be comfortable with adult cats and he needed a new home. So we brought him to KittyKind. And through KittyKind he found the best home possible. To my utter amazement, he also found a way to comfortably co-exist with DOGS at his new home: he actually lays side-by-side with them, and from day one he didn’t even try to hide from them.The adopters are such nice people – true animal lovers. Axl has hit the kitty lottery. Thank you KittyKind.” ~ Rafael