Memory Lane


A trip down Meow-mory Lane……

Each link will take you to a series of short tales about furry friends

Holiday Stories from 2015

Holiday Stories from  2014

Holiday Stories from  2013

Holiday Stories from 2012


A “Tail” of Two Kitties—Ginger and Una

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Holiday Stories 2015 | Comments Off on A “Tail” of Two Kitties—Ginger and Una

We found them in a garage during the summer as we worked on trapping a feral colony in South Jamaica. When the neighbors saw us trapping, they approached us and told us there was a dead cat in their garage and some kittens. We went to investigate and found three tiny kittens with their eyes sealed shut from infection. We took the babies and set a trap for the mom, whom we now realized was not dead but was most likely in very bad health. We also left a trap set overnight…just in case there were other kittens. Turns out, this was a good...

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Remembering Our Beloved Companion Animals on Remember Me Thursday

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Holiday Stories 2015 | Comments Off on Remembering Our Beloved Companion Animals on Remember Me Thursday

On Thursday, September 25th, For Animals, Inc. participated in the Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign with animal lovers and other animal rescue organizations around the world. Remember Me Thursday was started by the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, and it is a companion animal candle-lighting ceremony that shines light on the many companion animals who never got a chance to find a happy home and lost their lives, and the millions who are still awaiting adoption. Our ceremony was held outside of NYC PET in Park Slope. We...

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A Chance Encounter

Posted by on Dec 26, 2015 in Holiday Stories 2015 | Comments Off on A Chance Encounter

By John Deal I teach at a school that gives a long four-day weekend for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, and I came back to work this year on the following Monday rested and ready to grade papers. I didn’t expect my colleagues to come rushing into our shared office, faces stark, saying only that there was a “kitten emergency” that I’d better come check out. The kitten emergency turned out to be a fluffy little orange tabby stuck deep down at the bottom of a trash can, right outside the academic building where my office is located. Actually,...

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What’s in a Name?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Holiday Stories 2014 | Comments Off on What’s in a Name?

A Star-Crossed Stray Finds Love At Last by John Deal What’s in a Name? If the number of pet names a cat acquires is a mark of how well-loved he or she is, then our cats are positively smothering in verbal affection. As evidence for this proposition, allow me to introduce you to our newest family member: Olivia Tusca, more colloquially known as O.T., or Livie Tuskie, or Livie, or Cookie Puss, or Cookie, or Cooktapus, or Cooks, or even Bobsled Baby. To be honest, however, I mostly think of her as The Cat Who Lived, a miracle baby whose...

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A Tribute to Bruno

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Holiday Stories 2014 | Comments Off on A Tribute to Bruno

“Tut, Never Fear Me: I Am as Vigilant as a Cat to Steal Cream” Although I was never fortunate enough to know him very well, Bruno always reminded me of Shakespeare’s magnificent, roistering knight Sir John Falstaff. Like Falstaff, Bruno had a tremendous appetite for all the good things in life: a deep bowl of meaty kibble, a soft and welcoming lap, and the smell of earth-thaw and melting ice when spring finally rolled round the shelter once more. Though scrawny and beat-up when rescued by For Animals five years ago, Bruno...

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Home for the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Holiday Stories 2014 | Comments Off on Home for the Holidays

A Journey From Street Cats to Lap Cats New York, New York–Frank Sinatra tells us that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. While this may be true for many, some of the shine comes off the Big Apple when you are forced to call the cold, lonely streets of Brooklyn home. That’s exactly what a rough-and-tumble pair of streets cats, Brooklyn and Walter, were forced to do for almost ten years. In mid-2013 the boys finally caught a break when their caretaker of many years chanced to meet a volunteer at For Animals, Inc....

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Laffy Taffy’s Story

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Holiday Stories 2013 | 1 comment

Laffy Taffy and her siblings were rescued by For Animals about 5 years ago. All her brothers and sisters were adopted, except her. She had an allergy and skin problems, and maybe didn’t look as sweet and beautiful as the rest of the kittens. Or maybe, she was just waiting for me… to come from a far away country and meet a For Animals volunteer so I could become a volunteer myself, visit the shelter and finally meet Laffy Taffy. Her name was Barbara, but I was calling her Laffy Taffy, like the Wonka candies. Laffy didn’t let me...

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Mona and Hazel’s Story

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Holiday Stories 2013 | Comments Off on Mona and Hazel’s Story

As a For Animals volunteer, one of my favorite jobs is working an adoption event. Sometimes we show kitties who haven’t been named yet, and I love christening them with fun and creative names. As I was setting up for an event in October 2011, out of the carrier came three little kittens. I named the tuxedos Salt and Pepper, and the little tortie Cumin. Salt and Pepper were quickly adopted that day; little Cumin, however, was very shy and needed a lot of cuddles. I emailed a photo of her to my husband and he fell in love with her at first...

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Chica the Pit Bull

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Holiday Stories 2013 | Comments Off on Chica the Pit Bull

Are you an active person looking for the perfect dog companion to complement your lifestyle? Someone to jog with you in the morning, play a game of fetch in the afternoon, snuggle up on the couch after dinner and give goodnight kisses at bedtime? Chica is your girl! This 3-year-old pitbull mix is full of life and personality. Always eager to please, Chica is obeys commands on and off the leash, is housebroken and crate trained. Despite this she must be in an experienced home without other pets or young children. Pulled from “death...

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Lady Jane the Head Tilt Kitty

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Holiday Stories 2013 | Comments Off on Lady Jane the Head Tilt Kitty

Lady Jane was rescued from the streets during the summer of 2012 in terrible shape — skin and bones, persistent respiratory infection, a severe head tilt and very shy. Her medical issues were addressed but the underlying cause for her head tilt remains a mystery; she may have suffered trauma resulting in neurological impairment during her troubled past. Lady Jane has come a long way since her rescue and while she is still fearful of strangers, once she warms up to you she will purr and give kisses. If you would like to learn more about...

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Miki and Mindi’s Story

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Holiday Stories 2012 | Comments Off on Miki and Mindi’s Story

On a brisk Nov afternoon we found a colony of cats and kittens in Queens surviving without the basics — no shelter, very little food and of course no medical care. Huddled together on the concrete without even a blanket for them to lay on, they were laying on each other for warmth. When they saw us approach they scattered, but one little boy did not know what to do and we were able to pick him up right away. This was Miki and he was blind. We were eventually able to rescue all the kittens in the colony and gave them warmth, comfort and...

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Blackie’s Rescue

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Holiday Stories 2012 | Comments Off on Blackie’s Rescue

On an evening in late July, a woman was walking her dogs near a park in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Her dogs started sniffing and barking, and led her to a mound of black fur trying to crawl off the sidewalk and in under under a bush at the edge of the park. Upon closer look, she could see that it was a tiny kitten. The kitten was only 7 weeks old at the time. The woman brought the kitten home to see how she could help. She found that he was covered in flees and had a horrible case of worms. Even worse, both of his hind legs were severely broken....

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