As most readers know by now, we’re proud to be participating in Remember Me Thursday here at Three Chatty Cats. And today is the day…it’s Remember Me Thursday and we want everyone talking about pet adoption on social media!
We’ve already shared Woodrow’s Pro Tips for Adopting a Shelter Cat (from a former shelter cat!) – and that’s also the post where fellow bloggers can link up to the official Remember Me Thursday Blog Hop that we’re co-hosting with Lola the Rescued Cat.
But today, I’d like to share with you our pets’ rescue stories. Some of you may already know them, and some may be reading them for the first time. But what better day to share about our rescue pets again than on #RememberMeThursday. And perhaps, someone considering getting a new pet will decide on pet adoption first.
Dexter – Rescued June 20, 2010
Our first cat didn’t come from a shelter. We found Dexter as a tiny three-week-old stray kitten when we were visiting family in Palm Desert, California. A scorching June day with temps over 100 degrees, he wouldn’t have survived much longer by himself. Already sporting a nasty gash on his lip, we found him just in time. As a kitten, Dexter kept our dog company, who at the time was recovering from his third spinal surgery.
Olive – Rescued June 7, 2011
Another stray kitten, Olive was found outside our house by asphalt workers almost exactly one year after finding Dexter. The eight-week-old tortie kitten wasn’t microchipped, and no one responded to the signs we posted in the neighborhood. So, the little lady joined our family, and Dexter had a new best friend. Dexter couldn’t get enough of Olive and loved grooming her. They were inseparable and could often be found cuddling together.
Sophie – Rescued November 29, 2014
Sophie is our movie theater cat. A security guard found her outside the theater and asked me if I wanted to take her home since he’d already called animal control and said, “You know what will happen to her there…” I think he sensed a cat lover in me and yesofcourseIwantedtotakethisadorablecathome! So, at about six-months-old, Sophie became our third cat. Note that I did contact a cat rescue organization who was willing to take her. As you can tell, we couldn’t give her up.
Woodrow – Adopted August 12, 2017
Woodrow was our first shelter cat, although he was a foster with us first. Originally, he had been adopted from Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles, but then returned a few years later due to a medical reason. He had stopped urinating and had blood in his fur. Unfortunately, his previous family couldn’t afford the proper vet care.
Test results didn’t show anything (crystals or UTI), and it was suggested that his blockage was perhaps due to stress. He was put on a special diet, just in case, which meant he couldn’t be in the free-roaming community cat room and had to be confined to a kennel.
And that’s where we found Lion (his name at the time) on June 17, 2017. The tall fella just needed a break from shelter life where he could roam around a house for a while. So, we took him home to foster.
Mumblings of keeping him happened pretty quickly, although we didn’t finalize it for a couple of months to make sure the current resident cats (a.k.a. the Three Chatty Cats) would be okay with the newcomer being a permanent addition.
Harley – Adopted January 22, 2018
Our second foster fail entered our lives on November 20, 2017. Harley had been adopted and returned twice in 2017. First time, they said he was too shy and peed when scared (which we’ve never witnessed). Second time, someone had allergies.
Described to us as a shy cat, Harley isn’t exactly shy – he’s just cautious. But if you ask him, he owns the house and no one will get in his way. He swats at Sophie and Dexter regularly to let them know who’s boss. Harley and Woodrow are chase buddies, doing zoomies up and down the hallway in the morning (yes, usually before 5am). As for Olive, they touch noses occasionally, but mostly ignore each other.
Harley is the oldest of the group and quite often acts the part. He grumbles and talks to himself and has mastered his grumpy look. We really didn’t want to foster fail again, but we couldn’t help ourselves.
Eddie – Adopted June 22, 2003
I know this is a cat blog, but I can’t post for Remember Me Thursday without recognizing our very first rescue pet. We adopted Eddie even before we were married, and he’s been with us for over 15 years now.
We don’t know his exact age, but he’s at least 16 years, perhaps older. Eddie wasn’t a puppy when we adopted him, and the rescue estimated him to be one to two years old.
Just this past week, Eddie graduated to doggy diapers, but he hasn’t let that slow him down. What do you think? Pretty stylish?
Will you be sharing your rescue pet’s story today on social media? If so, be sure to use hashtag #RememberMeThursday and tag @hwac (if you’re on Instagram or Twitter). We hope to get the whole world talking about pet adoption today!