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Pumpkin the Abandoned Adult Cat—A Happy Tails Ending


Do you remember my Paw It Forward Project to help get Pumpkin, an abandoned adult cat, away from living on a street corner?

Mom L did an “owner surrender” of Pumpkin to our wonderful Contra Costa Animal Services shelter. There were no fees and if he did not adjust to living in the shelter Mom L could pull him back and return him to the home on his street corner. Apparently from what Mom L learned from his feeder Miss Kandi, he has been living on the street corner for over fifteen months after being abandoned by tenants in the apartments on that corner. Miss Kandi was more the willing to continue to feed and care for Pumpkin if he found the animal shelter too much to bear.

Here is where he lived for all those months, in summer heat and last winter’s heavy rains.

This is the other side of “Pumpkin’s Corner”.

He lived under the plants and on the redwood bark chips

All those bark chips made it so hard for Pumpkin to keep his lovely white socks clean. He ate behind an electrical box and watched longingly as the world passed him by on his corner.

Well times changed for Pumpkin as soon as he arrived at the shelter.

Hmmm…this might not be too bad

They shaved off lots of his fur mattes and he found he could groom himself better without living in that redwood bark chip. And he also realized he liked being held.

Yup!! I am gonna really like this a ton!!!

Pumpkin was immediately placed in the shelter free roaming Kitty Korner where he had not problem with the other cats. That led the San Francisco SPCA to pull him within less than a week!! The SF SPCA has large free roaming cat rooms and they knew Pumpkin was going to fit right in.

Mom L doesn’t know “where” Pumpkin’s forever home is. BUT—Mom L never even saw him go up on their website! Rumor has it that it is likely that someone who works at the SF SPCA saw Pumpkin and adopted him for their very own!!

I like to think that Pumpkin is living in some snazzy San Francisco penthouse and dining on caviar served to him in Waterford crystal!!

Now don’t ya think this deserves to be titled a “Happy Tails Ending”??? Let me know what you think in comments!!



PeeEss—I promise to tell you all about Andi’s Happy Tails Ending next Monday

A photo to Celebrate #RememberMeThursday


I have just one “meme” for you today. And I offer it to again to celebrate and reaffirm the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s #RememberTheRescue day for Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Mom L and Dad P spent #RememberMeThursday helping some of our new neighbors getting a young Mom cat and her three, four month old, kittens, off to be spayed, neutered and vaccinated, etc. And, this also include one of my most favorite tortie adult cats in need of her forever home.

You see, Katie, the adult tortie, was likely left to fend for herself when her first “family” moved and left her all alone. Our new neighbors soon took her in to feed and take care of her as best they could for over two years. Thankfully, she was already spayed!

Long story, coming on my Monday Meowsie News Blog Post, is that Katie had likely never been to a vet, nor had any vaccinations and she desperately needed them all in order to get her on an adoption path.

So when Mom L delivered some extra cat carriers to our neighbors to help them collect the mom cat and her three kittens, it was a surprise to find that sweet Katie was the first to occupy one of the carriers!! Oh my goodness, was she ever so surprised about where that carrier would take her!!

Wait! That needle is gonna get stuck in where??!!

Precious Katie was not happy about “where” that carrier ended up taking her. But good to know, she is now vaccinated, flea treated, wormed and micro-chipped AND she is negative on the snap FeLv test!! Miss Katie will be up for adoption immediately. She is a total purr lady cat, and wanting her own home preferable without other cats. Yes, Miss Katie is a bit of a Princess!!

I know this is not one of my “regular” fun and funny animal memes, but seriously, isn’t Katie just too cute??!!  If you are anyone you know might be willing to create a space in your home and heart for Katie, please let me know in comments.


Pawing Forward: Mandy’s (aka Momma Kat) Hope Chest Brings Joy to Others


So pleased to have you stop by to learn what I have been able to do with the contents of Mandy’s Hope Chest (aka Momma Kat). As you know from my previous post, Mandy’s guardian, now her adopter, never gave her a name—I thought Mandy suited her perfectly. And sadly, her adopter also adopted all five of her kittens so none will ever have opportunity to have their very own homes and caring humans. The adopter has many other cats and often fosters so as the adopter stated “I don’t have a lot of time to do anything but clean and feed”. I regret to say that Mandy and her five kittens, now about a year old, will seldom have the enrichment they so deserve.

That is the real story behind Mandy’s “adoption and permanent home”. Based on the lack of interest on the part of the adopter, in the contents of Mandy’s Hope Chest, I made a decision. I am a cat and that is my prerogative, right???

Contra Costa Humane Society (CCHS), my former shelter for a whole year, pulled two adult cats from my county’s public shelter—both were hit by cars as was Mandy. I know that Mandy would want her Hope Chest contents to find a meaningful home and now they have. You all remember Mandy’s heroic story about being hit by a car and making sure she got home to care for her tiny kittens—here

I already introduced you to Bailey and CJ aka Charming Jack who are the recipients of Mandy’s generosity.

Both have name changes which you are gonna really truly love.

This post is all about Bailey, now carrying the ultra-cool name of NITRO!

Of course The Kid Sage had to help in splitting up all the goodies and packing it for delivery.

Sweet! Nice stuff. I have no idea where I can stash all of this

Sadly for TKS, her bin was not gonna have anything in it but her.

WHAT??!! You’re gonna ship me somewhere? Wait? What?!


Okay, so why am I hangin’ around here?

Bailey was being fed along with many other feral and stray kitties by two or three very kind people and businesses. They were hangin’ out behind a TV shop in a sort’a strip mall.

The rescuer, who noticed Bailey’s eye was really infected, suspects he was left by some human “squatters” who lived behind that shop for a while. Bailey was super duper friendly and the rescuer knew he was not a feral cat.

Fast forward, and Bailey was brought to my county’s public shelter where he was treated for both a fractured jaw as well as an eye injury so serious they had to remove his right eye.

At that time CCHS pulled Bailey and welcome him to Kitty Corner. I don’t think he was there more than about a week, and his new family were drawn by universal cat energy straight to Bailey. The oldest child, Mr. Christopher,  knew right away that Bailey was not only his cat, but he also knew that Bailey was not his REAL NAME!!!

Mr. Christopher and Nitro

Mr Christopher looked around at the other cats and CCHS and then his eyes found Bailey. Christopher turned to his Mom and said “that’s our cat Mom!”

And how could a Mom say no to a son, six years old, who never once cared that Bailey had only one eye. All he saw was a new family member he was ready to love and cherish.

As for Bailey’s permanent name—well Mr. Christopher knew just what it must be. Again, Mr. Christopher tuned to his Mom and said “Mom, his name isn’t Bailey—it’s Nitro!” His Mom said how do you know that?  Mr. Christopher replied “He survived being hit by a car so he is a super hero!”

And there you have it, Nitro is loved by both his young caretakers, Mr. Christopher, six years old, and Mr. Raj who is three years old.

I hope all who read this post realize that Mr. Christopher never ever once noticed that Nitro was missing one eye. All Mr. Christopher saw was a kitty he would love and care for forever.

Loved by two super kids!

As you all know, humans think they “rescue” us cats in shelters, but what they don’t always count on is how “we” , the “cat” rescue them right back.

Mr. Raj gets restless at night and was moving to join his parents in bed about one to two AM most morning. Once Nitro arrived, within the first week or so, he was sleeping with the adult humans, but when he heard Mr. Raj stirring, he moved to do his job. Nitro slips from the adults’ bed to join Mr. Raj and snuggle close so Mr. Raj knows he is safe and loved. Nice, right?

I will keep him sage, purromise

As for the contents of Mandy’s Hope Chest, I split it between Nitro and another adult cat hit by a car named CJ. You will meet him and hear his story on my Wednesday blog post.

Please enjoy viewing some photos of Nitro as he explores and appreciates his gifts from Mandy.

Be sure to join me again on Wednesday to learn al about CJ and his new name and family.


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