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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

The plight of those cast aside #remembermethursday


Today is a special day for my blog. I do not post on Thursdays, but this Thursday is unique. Tell me in comments how many of you are aware of this GLOBAL awareness movement and describe how you pawticipate.

Join the Remember Me Thursday® Awareness Movement

(the following is taken from the Remember Me Thursday website)

“180 countries support Remember Me Thursday

Now going into its seventh year, Remember Me Thursday® aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.

“Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2019,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “We all come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.”

In the previous six years of the campaign, 180 countries supported the movement with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website, or lighting a virtual candle.”

Mom L lights candles each year for our fur family members who have crossed The Bridge. We would like to say we have pawticipated in #remembermethursday every year but that isn’t true. But we do try to join whenever we can and this year we can!!

Katie is our special feature rescue fur family member we want to honor and share this year. She is an example of those cats who are tossed aside by humans who only want the kittens. And once those kittens grow up, they are used to breed more kittens. That was going to be Katie’s fate until Mom L and Dad P found her in a cat hoarder’s apartment. At five months she had already had a litter of kittens. Mom L found eight dead kittens at varying degrees of decomposition in that one bedroom apartment’s closet. She could tell that at least two were likely Katie’s.

Imagine, at five months old, to have been bred, deliver kittens in a dark dingy closet with little food for all the cats present and only one litter box. Mom L found thirty cats/kittens alive and dead over the course of about three weeks. Katie had to be caught in a towel as she ran terrified all over the place until finally cornered.

Every where feces, urine

This is the environment where she spent her first five months.

But let’s fast forward a bit. Katie was caught, spayed, vaccinated and fostered by Mom L and Dad P. They worked for five months to get her to a place where they thought she was adoptable, to the proper family. She was still afraid, but she was learning to play and enjoy pets and brushing.

Long story short, Katie was put up for adoption, along with another younger kitten who was by far more social, and Katie was returned TWO times. Shocking!!! The adopters were told she was shy and she was returned because she was SHY!!

We in the USA are a “throw away” society when it comes to the cats we adopt and learn that they might need time to adapt to our homes. What do we do? Toss them away. Many are abandoned on streets, in public parks and outside animal shelters. Fortunately Katie was returned to the rescue where Mom L and Dad P placed her.

Katie returned to us for further socialization. She had many health issues early on from two bouts of ring worm to juvenile gingivitis to a permanent limp on her right front leg.  X-rays showed that she received some trauma in that apartment in her early weeks that destroyed the joint her right leg ought to have attached to.

Katie is now in her forever home, right here in my castle. We all knew, Mom L, Dad P, TKS and me, that she would always be cast aside by adopters because she suffered from such a traumatic early life. But then, that is what “rescue” means, right? Helping a kitty through previous trauma. Giving love, patience and safety and never expecting the kitty to be more than what she can be—allowing her to show her REAL SELF as she become more and more trusting.

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Katie is our #remembermethursday rescue kitty story. She is NOT A CASTAWAY KITTY!! We know our family gained the bestest furamily member ever and all those who cast her aside before missed out on the sweetest, funniest, most loving Kit Katie ever!!


Please share in comments photos and stories of your rescue fur family members. Give me permission and I will feature them on my blog and Facebook page.


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13 thoughts on “The plight of those cast aside #remembermethursday

  1. There are two halves to every story, two journeys and two sets of worries fears heartbreaks—yours and theirs. Often we hear only one, or none at all. But when we hear both, and how through love and building of trust and the desire to make things good, nay best, we have a happy ending, then that is magical. Who could deny the magic, or deny the chance of that to any living creature of creation?

  2. It’s so sad what a hoarder situation can cause. Thank you for rescuing this beauty and it just shows with time and patience scared and timid cats can blossom. Trust has to be earned. I’m glad Katie found you!

  3. The Island Cats on said:

    Katie is one of the lucky ones. We purr for all those still looking for homes.

  4. I’m so happy Kit Katie is now a permanent family member. She’s been through so much. Her story almost reminded me of your’s and perhaps mine too altho I’m certainly not shy.

  5. catladymac on said:

    Your slide show is so beautiful – and so full of love !

  6. We are thrilled that it all worked out for Katie too. Just like me, sometimes a rough start in life gets rewarded with the best forever home ever. Katie, you rock girl.

  7. Savvy, you and your family are just pawtastic to help Katie so much. She’s right where she belongs, with a family who understands here. Thanks for joining our blog hope and shining a light on pet adoption.

  8. As you know we are all rescues here. Fenris came from an animal shelter, Scylla and her littermate Charybdis came from a rescue group they were found under a house when their Mother was discovered dead at the groups feeding station, Yin and Yang came from a feral colony that Mom’s friend was doing TNR for, and Daddy found Chimera in the yard at Grandma’s house as a wee kitten. Tuiren was running lose and had HW, her previous owner had moved off and left her. We are so glad all of you found homes with Mom L and Dad P.

  9. I wish Linda and her husband a very long and very healthy life, to be able to care for Katie all her life.

  10. Marjorie Dawson on said:

    You are so damned right no cat is a throwaway cat EVER. I made a movie (it needs improvement) about educating people about spay/neuter, and TNR. Education is where we will win, I hope.

    Katie is truly blessed to have found you. She is a lucky girl indeed.

  11. Still searching for a replacement adoptable kitty.To replace our beloved Mokey boy.

  12. I’m so glad your humans have taken Katie into your home for good – she deserves no less than the type of love your humans have to give.

  13. we are so happy that katie found her furever place in your castle… and we wish that once all pets have a home…

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