Gabby Was Adopted!

Gabby was adopted!
Gabby was adopted!

On Saturday afternoon my friend Sally called me to tell me that Gabby was being adopted “right now this minute”, only two days after getting to the offsite adoption area at Petco!

You may remember the pretty calico who was left behind in an apartment who we rescued a month ago. She was fostered and then surrendered to Animal Friends for adoption, treated for a URI, then just this past Thursday my friend who manages adoptions at this Petco took her to the store. She was adopted in two days!

She will be living with a professional couple with no children, and she will be the only cat. What could be better for Gabby?! It’s as if the universe kept her behind intentionally to give her the most wonderful forever home.

Finding an abandoned cat brings up a list of questions. Is the cat lost? Was it left behind? Is it an indoor-outdoor cat? Each of those questions has questions under it. In this case, we knew Gabby had been abandoned, but had no idea of her spay or vaccine status, or really what she was like. We needed a foster, we needed vetting, and we needed possibilities. Now we have the internet and immediate photo sharing, but from back to the 1980s for me the process has been the same—send out a message to everyone I know who cares for cats and start finding solutions for the kitty, to other rescuers, shelters, rescues and friends. Thank goodness it all came through.

Thanks to Patty, the neighbor who rescued her (and who was also the feeder at the abandoned house), Dr. Lindsay Mendenhall for checking her, Mary Fink for fostering her, Animal Friends for taking her in and my friend Sally for making sure she went there, for helping to integrate her and making sure she got a home. It takes a village to rescue a cat.

Merry Christmas, girlie, and many happy new years!

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2 thoughts on “Gabby Was Adopted!

  • December 31, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Yay for Gabby! It takes a village, to help stray and feral cats.
    Happy ‘Mew’ Year!

    • December 31, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      It was meant to be! She was left behind because she was in the wrong home, obviously! 🙂


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