Saturday, June 7, 2014

How One Adopted Cat Rescued Ginny #AdoptaCatMonth

The day Nugget rescued Ginny
June is Adopt-a-Cat month, started by the American Humane Association to help spread the word about the many cats in shelters who are in need of loving homes.

It's especially important this time of year -- known as kitten season -- when thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. 

And while this is the perfect time to rescue a kitten, you might find out like Ginny did, that the perfect cat might just rescue you first!

I recently had the chance to chat with Ginny about her adopted cat, Nugget, and how it was love at first sight!

Ginny tells her heartfelt story best… so take it away Ginny…


Guest post by Ginny Sklar

On February 22, 2014 I wandered into the Atlanta Humane Society to find my perfect feline friend after leaving a very traumatic job.

I moved to Atlanta, Georgia from California two days after graduating form the University of California, Berkeley in dreams of following my passion to make an impact in urban education reform. After many months of severe depression and extremely dangerous actions that were spiraling out of control, I knew I needed to walk away from my work and focus on my mental health before I completely lost myself. 

I had an amazing circle of friends, roommates, and boyfriend, but with no job, and no immediate family in Georgia the loneliness sitting at home while my support system was working was unbearable. It was then that I knew that I needed a companion who was always there to comfort me on my painful journey of recovery. 

The adorable face that  Ginny now wakes up to each morning
I always loved cats. Since I was in elementary school I rescued feral cats and would take them to animal shelters so they could be rescued into loving families. Yet, every cat that I owned was never my kitty. It only seemed natural that at this time in my life I would rescue my kitty... Insert my quirky, cuddling calico, Nugget.
Nugget loves to hang out in bags!
As I drove up Howell Mill Road to the Atlanta Humane Society I was certain I was going to rescue a kitten or two, because having a cat from the time they are tiny is all that I knew. I found one adorable kitten I fell in love with, but as we played she seemed very disinterested in me and she hated being held. However, she was so darn cute it didn't matter to me, I was ready to sign the papers and rescue her. 

That was, until this cat with too short of legs for her long body, and super soft fur was playing with another family. She stopped playing with the other family, walked straight over to me, jumped up, sat right in my lap and began kneading on my thigh and purring intensely. She looked right up at me and did one of her, now ever so familiar, chirp meows, and went back to purring. Like that, I knew she was the kitty I always dreamed of calling my own. 

Nugget insists on a front row seat!
It has been almost four months since I have had my Nugget, and every day she brings a smile to my face. With her quirky habits of army crawling under the bed covers to the way she insists that I cannot watch anything on my computer while laying in bed without her laying on my chest so she blocks what I am trying to watch, her never ending love is more than I could ever ask for. When I reflect on this painful period of recovery, Nugget has been pivotal in saving my life. 

There's nothing like cuddling up with a Nugget and a good book!
I went to the Humane Society that day looking for a male kitten, and ended up rescuing a five-year old female kitty and I would not have it any other way. I am so glad that I did not overlook adult cats just because they are older, because they need homes just as much as kittens. So June is a very special month, and I hope that you find a cat that is just as special as my crazy calico.

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  1. Nicely put. Older cats need homes too and we so have our paws crossed that this month lots of kitties and cats find forever homes. Have a serene Sunday. Hope you are looking forward to some big easy today.
    Best wishes Molly

    1. Thank you Molly! Hope you have a nice, serene Sunday too. Sounds like a good plan!
      Diane and Rocco

  2. What a wonderful story! It sounds like Ginny and Nugget are definitely meant to be together. I hope a lot of people find new companions this month!

  3. What a wonderful story. We are so very glad Ginny and Nugget found each other. Nugget is so purrty. We are purring lots of cats will find homes this month.

  4. Aahhhhh. Good story. We hope more senior doggies and kittys are rescued
    Lily & Edward

  5. Great story. When you rescue a shelter cat, you may be saving THREE lives, counting the new cat that the shelter can save.

  6. Thank you for sharing this story! I would love to add a senior dog to our home We have 2 senior cats and I'm happy that they'll live out their lives with us. If I get another cat, I will definitely go for a senior instead of a kitten.