Adoption Tails: Mishu D’ Lion & Hazel Rain

In the second post of the Adoption Tails series, we visit the topic of wanting a specific breed of cat – but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t choose adoption.

I’d like to introduce you to Kathleen J., who lives in Westchester, New York. Her story shows how the loss of one brave and lovely cat saved the life of another – through adoption. (Please have tissues on standby.)

The Story of Mishu D’ Lion & Hazel Rain

By Kathleen J.
Edited by Three Chatty Cats

Part 1: Mishu D’ Lion

To tell you about Hazel Rain, I first have to tell you about Mishu D’ Lion, who came into my life when Continue reading “Adoption Tails: Mishu D’ Lion & Hazel Rain”

“The Upstairs Cat” – Book One in the “Rescue Me” Series

While browsing through the cat adoption area last month at America’s Family Pet Expo, I happened upon a table with several copies of a bright yellow book with an adorable cover. Being the cat book collector that I am, I browsed through the first few pages and knew I had to add this charming book to my collection. But “The Upstairs Cat” is not just any children’s book. It is the first to be published in the “Rescue Me” book series. Author and creator of the series Jaimi Ilama is also the President of Open Door Publishing (Books for Kids), which is a nonprofit 501(c)3 and the publishing company of the “Rescue Me” series.

The Open Door Publishing mission statement is: Printing books for children that open the door to social issues with stories that promote awareness, acceptance, and tolerance to all living things.

The Upstairs Cat book cover

A conversation with Jaimi

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Caelum Gets Adopted!

white cat with blue eyesSophie here! You may remember that the Human Lady Mama told you how she attended America’s Family Pet Expo last month. You can read all about that here. At the end of the post, she teased that she was going to be sharing an adoption story that came from that very expo. That is one of the things that makes the expo so great – all of the animals who find forever homes! Since the Mama said I could have more blog time, I thought I should be the one to tell you about this fellow kitty’s adoption.

So, it was a dark and stormy night… (Sophie! Stick to the facts.) Ugh, the Mama is no fun! But she’s right. We don’t have many dark and stormy nights in Southern California. Let me start again. Continue reading “Caelum Gets Adopted!”

Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Fussy

One of the wonderful cat rescues we have featured is Save the Cats Arizona. They are a 501(c)3 sanctuary based in Gilbert, AZ – and you can read their profile post here. Today we get to share with you one of their rescue stories, as told by Terry, a Board Member and the Volunteer & Sanctuary Coordinator for Save the Cats Arizona.

Terry shares Fussy’s story

FussyFussy was a scrappy, skinny and very scared cat that we rescued from a 110 acre preserve in Gilbert. He had Continue reading “Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Fussy”

Our Cats Find Us

Today’s heartwarming tail tale comes from Jo Singer, the “two-legged furless one” behind the wonderful site Purrabula – A Feline’s Search for Meaning. But before you mosey on over to read the musings of Jo’s three cats, why not learn about how the gang of three came to be and how Jo became their chosen one.

Our Cats find us: Don’t you agree?

My name is Jo Singer. My husband Marty and I live in Central Florida; after we transplanted ourselves to the Sunshine State in 2001. Kitties have captured our hearts forever. Continue reading “Our Cats Find Us”

Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Tommy

Found outside Rome, Italy, Tommy started life off in a rough way. But thanks to his rescuer Luca, Tommy is now one happy and loved cat. Touching and heartwarming – it’s a story about love.

This is the story of Tommy, as told so beautifully by Luca.


One morning in May, while my partner and I were in the car, she saw on the street – on the white line at center – a small clear spot. As we approached, we realized that it was a curled little kitten. My partner told me that it was alive. We passed near. A second later, I think I shouted something and stopped the car on the side of the road. Continue reading “Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Tommy”

Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Vesper

Waiting to be adopted (before surgery)

Fourteen-week-old Vesper started her journey in Mexico, where it appeared that she had been bitten by a dog. While in Mexico, her leg was put in a sling, but she was a very active kitten – as they usually are – and she would not keep the sling on, making the healing process all the more difficult. Before coming to a cat rescue in Orange County, California, Vesper needed her paw to heal and also to get over an upper respiratory infection. Once she was healthy enough, arrangements were made for her transportation up to Orange County.

When foster mom, Val B., received Vesper, she noticed that the kitten’s paw was twisted outward. She also had a limp, which didn’t seem to bother her much. But after a short time, her limp became more severe and it was clear that she would need additional medical attention. Continue reading “Happy Tails – A Rescue Story: Vesper”

Meet Sophie

Name: Sophie (female)
Date of Birth: May 29, 2014 (approximately)
Date of Rescue: November 29, 2014
Likes: FOOD! And FOOD!
Dislikes: Nothing
Known for: Stealing straws, stealing bottle caps, terrorizing poor Olive, being the goofball of the family

Rescue story: It was just another night out at the movies for humans Rachel and Ross. Rachel went to take a pre-movie bathroom break at the movie theater and saw a security guard standing outside the glass door with a white kitten circling at his feet. Continue reading “Meet Sophie”

Meet Olive

Name: Olive (female)
Date of Birth: April 7, 2011 (approximately)
Date of Rescue: June 7, 2011
Likes: Lasers and treats
Dislikes: Sophie!
Known for: Growling at Sophie (Sophie’s fault of course), being a loner, begging for treats

Olive shortly after her rescue.

Rescue story: On a warm June afternoon, this little tortie was found by asphalt workers outside her (future) human mama’s house. The workers saw the little kitten dart into the yard of a neighbor and didn’t want her to get hurt or harmed by the freshly laid asphalt. They caught the scared kitten and Continue reading “Meet Olive”

Meet Dexter

Name: Dexter (male)
Date of Birth: June 1, 2010 (approximately)
Date of Rescue: June 20, 2010
Likes: Shredding Kleenex, sneaking into the garage, cuddling with his sisters, grooming, looking grumpy, and eating Sophie’s special diet wet food
Dislikes: Everything else
Known for: Crying loudly in the morning until his mama human gets up to feed him

Rescue Story: It’s been several years since the humans stumbled upon the lost, scared, and starving Dexter on the mean streets of Palm Desert, California.

Dexter gets a bath
Dexter’s first bath.

The date was June 20, 2010 – Father’s Day. It started out as any other scorching, mid-day dog-walking expedition through the back trails of Continue reading “Meet Dexter”