Sunday, December 4, 2016

Celebrating Our "GOTCHA" DAY



OUR GOTCHA DAY


as of today, we are thrilled to celebrate our "GOTCHA" day--4 years of living with our human in Connecticut. 


Our first night in Chez Carol

Before that we were "shelter kitties" But In December 2012 our human, needing furrrballs just like us in her life came to get us! We spent the first night in a luxuriously appointed room  with soft rugs & TUNA.  By morning we were raring to go explore the rest of the house. Here we are at 1-1/2 years old, on our first morning "jaunt."

Our Life in New York and "the shelter"

We weren't always so lucky.  We had two OTHER humans in New York City before during the first year of our life. We thought they loved us. We became loving & sweet-natured animals, very demonstrative.  THEN ONE DAY they put in cages & took to a cold depressing building, They said it was for our own good cuz they were moving to Puerto Rico.

At the Shelter


Maybe they thought since we had gorgeous ginger and black coloring and fabulous stripes we'd get adopted right away. But no one came to get us and day after day went by. My terrified sister Paprika caught the sniffles while we were waiting.  We were beside ourselves with grief and terror. Finally the shelter (called NYACC) decided we were "unadoptable" and put us on a list called "Death Row" - a list naming all cats to be killed the next morning.


How we were "saved"

Here starts the good part of our story. Hundreds of concerned humans watch this "Death Row List on Facebook. They share pictures of cats who win their hearts, they donate funds and they share our pictures. Here are some of the things loving & kind people posted which led to our rescue.

We were lucky and captured the hearts of many!  After a brief time (which didn't feel short to us) we were "pulled" from our near fate by a devoted rescue organization.



The White House in Connecticut

 She nursed us back to health and brought us to live in a
big white house in Connecituct. There were about 40 other cats but we were allowed to roam free and hang out near sunny windows while waiting for our forever homes.  Then we met our human, Carol. She fell in love with me on the internet after seeing my picture.  "I must have that cat!" she thought...  So she found the white house in Granby, Connecticut and met ME.  And my sister, of course!


I let her pick me up the first day! I don't let just anyone do THAT! 

And Home we went!

She took both of us home because I would not leave without my sister Paprika (then called Tigger). 


 Of course she loves both of us now.  We are awaiting our 4th Christmas here!  We haven't got her trained completely, she still doesn't feed us enough tuna,  for example, but she is coming along!   Happy Holidays from both of us to all our
blogger friends, those wonderful kind humans who shared our story, our foster home where we were nursed back to heath, the kitties still in shelters and the angel kitties who graced our lives for all too short a time!


Love, Peaches the cat



38 comments:

Roby Sweet said...

Wow, I had no idea you had such a story, Peaches and Paprika. So glad you found a happy, loving home!

Brian said...

My goodness, such a story you tow have and such a wonderful happy ending too. Happy Gotcha Day sweeties!

The Florida Furkids said...

OMC we had no idea you had such a terrible past. We're so happy you found your loving forever home TOGETHER.

The Florida Furkids

Pam Greer said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!! Such sweeties, so glad you found your forever home!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Your happy ending made my heart smile! Happy Gotcha Day you two gorgeous girls. I had no idea of your past ... but it makes for a wonderful story and I now understand what I've always tried to figure out I read in your eyes :)

Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi said...

Happy Gotcha Day to both of you! How scary that you were on death row. But we are glad you were rescued and then found a wonderful forever home!

Merlin is celebrating a milestone today - we would be honoured for you to join us.

Austin Towers said...

Happy Gotcha day! what a story you have!! xx

Hairballsandhissyfits.com said...

It was absolutely marvelous to read your story! To think you were so close to being put down! You guys are all lucky to have each other! I hate when people get rid of cats cause they are moving! I moved from Canada to South Korea and back to Canada and took the four South Korean cats I rescued back with me and then later I moved to South Africa and took my cats with me (and a dog too). When I left South Africa to come back to Canada I once again brought my cats (a new batch as my Korean ones had passed away after 15 wonderful years of life)--so moving is no excuse! hairballsandhissyfits.com

Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha Day to you beautiful ladies. I am glad you were able to stay together and got such a lovely forever home.

Caren Gittleman said...

Happy Happy Gotcha Day Sweeties! Thank you for sharing your story with us! catchatwithcarenandcody

Anonymous said...

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY GIRLS! So happy you found your forever....so many are not as lucky as you and I........for that and so much more, we are truly blessed!

Love, Angel Sammy

Erin the Cat said...

This would be a great story for the wonderful book called RESCUED. You both were very lucky and I am glad there are so many human out there ready to help us all. purrs ERin

The Swiss Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day girl ! We're so happy you found a wonderful forever home ! Purrs

Lone Star Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, girls! We are SO happy that you both got gotted.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I am glad your Mom rescued you and you have your forever home. XO

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

Happy Gotcha Day, beautiful ladies!

Sabina Ayne said...

Congratulations on your 4th Gotcha Day!!! All those other people passed you by because your guardian angels were working to get your mom to the shelter!! Many happy days ahead.

Dash Kitten said...

We know the horrors of New York's heartless killing machine. The small foster network we support in the USA is Place for Cats and we love the cats they pull so they have another chance.

You two know how lucky you are!!

Anonymous said...

So sorry we're late. Happy Gotchaday. We're so glad you got gotted. And ya'll have a pawsum mommy. Big hugs to all. Hope da day was as purrfect as ya'll are.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Raena

Jean Dion said...

What a wonderful rescue story! I truly admire people who can follow those kill pages on Facebook. I simply can't do it. I spend all day sobbing at the faces I can't save! But maybe knowing sweeties like you are helped by those pages... I might change my mind.

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

Kitties Blue said...

We are so sorry to be a week late for your Gotcha Day. We love that rescue for pulling you beautiful girls from Death Row and Mom Carol for adopting you. We wish you oodles and oodles more Gotcha days in your well-deserved and loving home. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U for reading our story, RS!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Truly it was a harrowing experience in NYC! Thank you for reading and commenting. It feels better if people know what happened...

Peaches and Paprika said...

We are, too, thank you Pam. (Except when our human ignores us & does dumb things like fiddling with Xmas papers...)

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U for visiting and congrats to Merlin!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Wow what story and thank u for sharing it H&H fits! We had no idea you went thru all that for your furrrballs. Thank you on behalf of all fur balls. Yeah it is amazing that anyone could discard US...we still can't believe it. Thank you again for commenting and reading it.

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U, Angel Sammy. That means a lot coming from you!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U, Swiss Cats for reading our story. We like it very much here in Connecticut!!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank you we sure appreciate that!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank you Melissa and Furrrballs! We are lucky kitties and treated well here in Connecticut. Of course there is always room for improvement such as our owner should feed us a better grade of tuna..he he

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U furr those loving words, and definitely not too late!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Mom Carol has actually made "Facebook Friends" with some of the peoples whose shadings and posts saved us! And she has met our first "foster mom" who rescued us from the NYACC before she met us! Thank u for reading our story!

Peaches and Paprika said...

tis amazing to us too. We are so glad those peoples fell in love with us. Our human was aghast when she read our story and wrote to some of the peoples to thank them and now she has about 6 or 8 Facebook friends who were the main peoples who saved us!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Belatedly, thank u for reading our story. Our original owners went to Puerto Rico according to the NYACC records which our human read. She read all about NYACC & even met in person our first "foster mum" who helped us get over the "shuttler colds." Thank you, DK, for supporting that rescue group you wrote about!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Thank U, Pilch and we are lucky to have friends like you!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Hah! Got Gotted. We like that. Thank U furr reading our story, dear katz on the island!

Peaches and Paprika said...

Belately, Thank U, we hope to be in it one day! Have a great rest of the week and thank you for taking the time to read of our narrow escape! It makes our furs stand on end to think of it! But we are glad to be where we are now.