Friday, May 1, 2015

Our Narrow Escape from New York City

Paprika July 1, 2012 in NYC Shelter


This past week  I thought I’d indulge my never ending curiosity for “where did my cats live before I met them?

 I had checked online before but now I remembered that Paprika was named "Tigger" in her "other life."

Peaches at NYC Shelter
So I typed Peaches & TIGGER into Google, waited, and  
then….suddenly Peaches’ face flashed across my IPAD, taking up the whole screen

I was shocked & gasped. Then Paprika’s face, her eyes huge with fright showed up next on my screen.. 

Pets on Death Row - Urgent Death Row Cats ...
Paprika, terrified in NYC
The photos were excerpted from Facebook's "Pets on Death Row" page a page I had not knew existed.  

The posts took place between July 1 and July 7, 2012 They were written (& SHARED 177 times!) by 50+ volunteers at a NYC  kill shelter all about MY CATS!  

This brought chills to my heart but I could not stop reading.    Here is the first post I read: 

Somebody.. PLEASE SAVE PEACHES AND TIGGER Together!!! Need Safe, Loving Home!! 2 de julio de 2012 a la(s) 23:11 · 1 .

EBC: Peaches is just beautiful!! Please don't let her die. Please, someone in the NY area, give her a second chance!!!  7/1/12  8:43 PM           

LKC: Please welcome Peaches into your heart tonight & share her widely so she can find someone to welcome her into their home.  7/2/12   1:35AM
Peaches at the animal shelter


JR: “Peaches was so starving for attention it was very sad to see. It could of been because she was missing her housemate Tigger."  7/1/12 6:30PM

MLV: PEACHES IS SCHEDULED to be KILLED TOMORROW MORNING!! There are 31 cats on death row!

MT: Please, someone help these beautiful girls. It can be hard to find 2 cats who love each other and these girls are the full package. Don't let her die.  7/2/12   2:46AM

Paprika looking terrified at the animal shelter
PMS: TIGGER is a real little beauty who is playful and friendly - quite a little stunner!  Adopt/Foster?  7/6/12 9:10pm

July 9, 2012 at 10:43pm

PA: Yay!!! Tigger is SAFE!!!! :):):)  PEACHES IS SAFE!


Peaches on top window at Marys Kitty Korner

Finally, they were both SAFE!   A wonderful angel-lady named Joann who performs last minute miracles rescued my kitties, fostered them till they recovered from COLDS they'd gotten at the shelter, then found them a home in Marys Kitty Korner, a large white house & no kill shelter in Granby CT. That is where I met them. 

But before going to that big white house I saw Peaches’ picture in Petfinder and fell in love.  And I went there to Granby to the white house and took them both home.

When I saw the poignant posts about them both 3 years later (!) I wrote to a few of the more fervent posters to tell them their energy was not wasted: Peaches and Tigger/Paprika were safe and sound.

Many wrote me back, delighted!   Thank you again you wonderful dedicated volunteers!

I don’t think much about my kitties' past (although I couldn't help but be curious)  but often I see a far away look in Paprika’s eyes and I wonder if she is remembering the cold cement floor, the cage, the fright. 

I will never know these things. But I gather my kitties tight about me, just the same.  And I savor their purrs, their whiskers, their sweet dispositions all the more


Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

Wow, what a happy ending and documentation. Lucky cats, lucky you.

The Island Cats said...

OMC! We can't believe how close you came to not being here. Thank cod you were rescued and now have a happy home. YAY!

Jans Funny Farm said...

What a shock that would be. So glad both are safe with you now. We have seen how dedicated so many of these rescue posters are. It had to have delighted them to hear from you.

Fur Everywhere said...

I am so glad you were able to save these precious babies! I cannot even look at the urgent cats newsfeed. It makes me way too sad.

Sweet Purrfections said...

We know they are so glad they found their way into your home and heart.


Peaches & Paprika ( we love your name btw I know we haven't mentioned that before) I must tell you that my story is similar. For unknown reasons Annabelle (who was named Fritzy) and her small kitten were owner surrendered to a kill shelter. It was just by happenstance that a Rescue group was there while they were surrendered picking up kittens. The Shelter told the Rescue if they didn't take the two young cats they would be immediately killed. YOU can imagine the panic that put into the Rescue group. So however unlikely they took both Annabelle and her kitten. Her kitten was adopted a few days before I found her at PetSmart. Otherwise I would have adopted them both. I am so sorry I was unable to do that but at least they both found forever homes. We are so glad you both were saved and through some miraculous pathways find your forever home too.

The Swiss Cats said...

What a shock for you ! Peaches and Paprika have been very lucky to meet you ! Purrs

Flynn said...

I am so glad that Peaches and Paprika were saved and are now living happily with you.

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What an incredible story. That Pets on Death Row page makes my heart hurt, but thank goodness there are wonderful people out there willing to help every day. I am so, so glad you all found each other!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Thanks for sharing this story Angel Abbygrace! It is hard to imagine anyone surrendering your Annabelle who is so stunning. I wondered how anyone could surrender such sweet girls. Thanks fopr the compliment about their names. Peaches was always Peaches but Paprika is more fitting for my spicy little acrobat cat.

Carol Lowbeer said...

Thank u, Layla. I hesitated to share this story in such detail but in the end I just HAD to because I was so swept away by accidentally reading about it all in Facebook.! It is so amazing to find out your shelter cats "story" 2 years later & that so many tried to save them!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Yeah, I had no idea till I read this that they were actually hours away from you-know-what, it's mind-boggling to think about. Thanx for your empathetic comment!!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Ii vaguely knew about "the list" but didn't know my cats were on it or that so many "saved" them! Yeah they were as astounded to hear from me as I was to read about them! I'm very grateful. (I sent them recent pics, too)

Carol Lowbeer said...

Thank you! I came in after the fact, but is a heartwarming story. I had vaguely heard about newsfeed, but reading all the postings about my own Peaches & Paprika was mind-boggling. I treasure them all the more!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Very! Thank you/ They are very spoiled now, those two!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Right on! The shock was the biggest part. Imagine how you'd feel, seeing 50 postings about your own kitty by others trying to save her!! Wow...

Carol Lowbeer said...

Thank u MMM. I hesitated to post it because it's so hair-raising, but it 's also heartwarming & in this case does have a happy ending!

Carol Lowbeer said...

Thank u Flynn. I could only post a fraction of the wonderful things the volunteers said & did but...happy ending!

Marie Symeou said...

So glad they were saved. This proves that sharing on social media does indeed work and that's why I do so daily, on all my social media accounts.I just wish all the animals had a happy ending.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie