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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Pawing Forward: The Second Recipient of Mandy’s Hope Chest


On my Monday post this week you met Nitro, the first recipient of half of Mandy’s Hope Chest. Today you get to meet Jimmy, aka CJ (Charming Jack).

CJ’s new permanent family changed his name to Jimmy but they purromised us that he will always be “charming”.

Jimmy appeared out of nowhere one day at a feeding station for community cats. He was new, but clearly he had once had a home as he was also very social with the feeder. Not much time passed until he showed up with a severely injured right hind leg. The kind colony feeder trapped him and took him to my county’s animal services shelter.

They determined that Jimmy had a badly broken leg and it would prove impossible to repair. Sadly, Jimmy lost his right hind leg, most likely from having been hit by a car. Not long after his surgery, my former rescue organization, Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS) pulled Jimmy from the county shelter and transferred him to their no kill Kitty Corner. As expected, even missing one leg, Jimmy was adopted within less than a week!

Even better—he was adopted along with a play pal he found at Kitty Corner, Athena. She is now called Jilly! A great pair don’t ya think?

And please notice that Jilly quickly determined that the handmade toys from Miss Ellen of the 15 And Meowing cat blog belonged ALL to her!

Jimmy likes to semi-hide and then surprise his pal Jilly. She doesn’t mind and then a game of patty paw ensues.

That  blue mousey is one of the toys Mandy gave to Jimmy. They are wonderful eco-friendly cat toys from Honest Pet Products. Be sure to check them out! I have some information about this wonderful brand at the end of this post.

When Mom L pulled out Jimmy’s bag of Incredible Cat Litter, he ran right over to see if his head matched the top of the bag!! Silly charming Jimmy!!

Jilly was tickled to be able to share in Jimmy’s bounty and once again you can see she is luv’in on one of those special Miss Ellen drumstick toys.

Mom L was so pleased to get to meet one of the senior resident cats named Chop. He is seventeen years old and very social. The new cat bed is now called The Bed of Chop.

Kitties I must tell you that TKS and I are wonderin’ if maybe we ought to have kept that way cool cat tower Jimmy got. It is a modular system and so Jimmy’s new parents can add pieces on and make it even BIGGER! Jimmy was first to test drive the tower. He doesn’t know he is missing one leg. He is runnin’ around like any other crazypants kitty!

Jimmy and Jilly each received cat food bowls like the ones TKS and I use. So did Nitro. Every kitty loves these pedestal wide bowls which don’t cause any whisker fatigue.

Jimmy is gonna be a rock star cat, just you wait and see.

I know all of my readers are relieved to see Mandy’s (aka Momma Kat) Hope Chest having a happy tails ending of its own. Mom L and I know that Mandy is purring away knowing that Jimmy and Nitro, both victims of car injuries as she was, are enjoying all the wonderful contents of her Hope Chest.

Mom L and I are also relieved to know that Mandy is at least safe and will be fed and given medical care as will her five grown kittens. I am calling this a Happy Tails Ending for Mandy’s Hope Chest. I hope you all do as well.


About Honest Pet Products—$2.00 USD from every toy purchase goes to a foundation to save the Mongolian Snow Leopard. Check out what they say about the source of their wool—

“Our 100% truly NATURAL wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders are protecting the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.”

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16 thoughts on “Pawing Forward: The Second Recipient of Mandy’s Hope Chest

  1. I love happy endings, and this is one of the best. We can read this and be proud of a happy ending for two lovely cats and a hope chest full of awesome goodies that is bringing a lot of joy! Jimmy is truly quite a guy!
    Purrs, Erin

  2. Oh my mouses! Just LOOK at those two! Jilly is so very beautiful (even if she is a bit of a toy hog) and Jimmy has such character. Pretty darned handsome, too. PURRS.

  3. katie isabella on said:

    What wonderful news and it went straight to my heart. I am so hoary about the babies fining homes and being made well after the pain and trauma they had to endure with accidents. Mom is extra glad I am indoors only. And Mandy Hope Chest I love that name and indeed it was and is. That she had one just makes mine and mom’s heart happy.

  4. Now that’s most wonderful and we are so happy for them both, they are such sweeties!

  5. I deeply regret that Mandy’s family did not get to enjoy the fruits of the wonderful generosity of such sonderful sponsors. Thank you to those who gave so generously.

    As you can see joy is being gifted so far and wide, and this is a GOOD THING.

  6. Mary McNeil on said:

    What a great story – Jimmy and his friend Jilly enjoying and sharing all that great stuff with their “Uncle Chop.” Mandy’s hope chest sure made a lot of people happy !

  7. Flynn on said:

    Jimmy and Jilly are lovely and look like they are really enjoying Mandy’s hope chest.

  8. whitefish wednesday waves two ewe jimmy N jilly; we iz buzzed happee ya getted yur for everz home N we send best best fishez two ewe both for a ton oh happee gotcha day yeerz a head ♥♥♥ N chop itz veree nice ta meet ewe az well, de bed oh chop iz way kewl….☺☺

  9. 15andmeowing on said:

    They are such cuties. I am so glad they are enjoying the toys that I made and all the other goodies you sent them.

  10. ATCAD on said:

    We are so glad Jimmy got adopted with a pal and that Chop is getting to enjoy some of the Hope Chest too. We purr that Jimmy, Jilly and Chop have a long and happy life with their family.

  11. Tammy Rieser on said:

    Love it! You to Debra’s email from me right?   Tammy Rieser

    “Maybe it’s animalness that will make the world right again: the wisdom of elephants, the enthusiasm of canines, the grace of snakes, the mildness of anteaters. Perhaps being human needs some diluting.” ― Carol Emshwiller

    From: Savannah’s Paw Tracks To: Sent: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:03 PM Subject: [New post] Pawing Forward: The Second Recipient of Mandy’s Hope Chest #yiv8419060510 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv8419060510 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv8419060510 a.yiv8419060510primaryactionlink:link, #yiv8419060510 a.yiv8419060510primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv8419060510 a.yiv8419060510primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv8419060510 a.yiv8419060510primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv8419060510 | Savannah’s Paw Tracks posted: “HIYA!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!On my Monday post this week you met Nitro, the first recipient of half of Mandy’s Hope Chest. Today you get to meet Jimmy, aka CJ (Charming Jack).CJ’s new permanent family changed his name to Jimmy but they purromised us tha” | |

  12. Jimmy is so handsome! We’re glad he and his other fur family are recipients of the Hope Chest. 🙂

  13. Makes our hearts happy to see how wonderfully the hope chest “fit” into the lives of these kitties as they got their forever homes. It was a wonderful thing you did dividing the bounty Savvy. All the kitties are gorgeous and they look happy. I hope the same for Mandy and her kids.

    Love, Angel Sam and Teddy

  14. chrisscatmeow on said:

    What a nice ending to the story…x🐾🐾🐾😻😻

  15. I think the hope chest found great recipients! I don’t think Jimmy and Jilly could be any more adorable!

  16. Clowie on said:

    I’m glad to see other cats enjoying the hope chest. Jimmy has a gorgeous face. Jilly looks really sweet. Chop looks as though he’s enjoying his nap in that bed.

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