January 2015 | Lola The Rescued Cat
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rescue Stories: Lola - Facebook Helped Her Find Her Forever Home

This story is the story of another Lola, another lucky girl. AND... we're besties! You can follow my friend lola on her Facebook page.

I’ve always believed everything happens for a reason, and I’ve always been an animal lover my entire life, even though we never had any pets while I was growing up.   In 2011 I took a chance at a new job, and after seven months of commuting over 120 miles round trip each day, I decided to relocate.  I reluctantly left my house in the town that I had called home my entire adult life, moved and started a new life.  I decided that since I was moving for the job I would select the closest place I could find to my office, which happened to be 300 yards away from work.  

In late 2012 I started to realize that something was missing and that I didn’t feel as if my new place was actually a home.  I decided since my work schedule was somewhat hectic, and I could not always guarantee what time I would make it home, that it would be unfair to bring a dog into my life and that I would start to look at adding a cat to my home.  A few years prior to all of this my best friend, Kelly, rescued two amazing cats, Kenny & Chesney, whom I met and loved so I knew that a cat would definitely fit in with my needs.

I knew I was going to need to find the right cat, and it would take a while, so in early 2013 I turned to the internet to begin my search.  I felt two things were important during my search 1) Make sure the cat and I got along and 2) have the cat pick me out, not the other way around.   I reviewed several pictures of cats with a local rescue group, and decided to meet a couple.  They were all very nice cats but I wasn’t sure of how they would work themselves into my life and was especially afraid of one who had balance issues falling from the loft space where my bedroom was located.

Work became very busy and I did not search as hard as I could have, but I continued to passively search hoping the right cat would come into my life, somehow.  I noticed that several rescue pages used Facebook to communicate so I decided to start to “like” their pages.  I also noticed that rescue pages would share pages for individual cats that needed to be adopted.   I ended up seeing a page about a Cat named Pedro from Indianapolis who had Diabetes and was at the Humane Society of Hamilton County.  I was contemplating meeting Pedro, however, he was adopted before I could act.  I was happy that Pedro found a new home, but days later I saw post from Pedro’s page sharing a cat named Lola, and a cat named Abe.

One of Lola's photos posted to help her find
her forever home.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Mommy took the curtains down to wash them,
but she didn't open the blinds.   

It's a good thing me and Lexy put
this hole in them.
I'm almost through.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not really a Wordless Wesnesday

Hello everyone, this is Mommy Dawn taking over Lola's Diary for a moment.  I wanted to post this photo for Wordless Wednesday with some comments, but Lola had other ideas about that.  "Mommy, Wordless Wednesday means we don't meow words!" "Mommy, you can't do that! Don't embarrass me in front of my new friends!" Mommy, we don't want to look like beginners!" You get the picture.  So I'm going to do a separate post and share this photo now.

This was taken 11 days after I brought Lola home.  Eleven days after being  discharged from the hospital and having the experience of being loved and treated like a Princess. This is the very first time she every laid on the couch out in the open.  They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and to me this couldn't truer when it comes to this photo of her.  Some of the words that come to mind when I look at it are: peace, love, serenity, safety, thankfulness, relief, happy, calm, content, tranquil, grateful. Home.

This picture still melts my heart when I look at it.  I love you, Lola.  Now and forever.
Saturday, January 24, 2015

I tricked Mommy!

I tricked Mommy! It's been a while, but I did it!

A couple of weeks ago we posted this photo of Mommy's bed on Facebook: 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

National Hug Day!

Lola: This morning we found out that yesterday was National Hug Day.

Lexy: Our secretary, (A.K.A. Mother), is not always as fast as we'd like her to be.

Lola: But it's never too late to give a hug, so we're sharing a few pictures of Mommy hugging us.

Lexy:  I'm not much of a hugger, but I humored Mother for the three seconds that it took for the camera to take the photo.

Lola: Oh, I'm a big hugger! I just love to hug.

Lexy: We know, Lola. Mother is always saying how she can't get you off of her no matter what she does.

Lola: See, I told you, I'm a hugger.  Hey, wait a second..... are you saying Mommy thinks I hug too much?

Lexy: Let's just show the pictures, Lola.

Lola: OK, here you go folks. Our hug pictures!

Lexy: *whispers*  It's a good thing she's easily distracted!

Mommy, I know you love me, but I think your
squishing me a little. 

1, 2, 3! Smile! Ok, now put me down please, Mother. 

Lola and Lexy

Friday, January 16, 2015

My official Gotcha Day!

Over the past couple of weeks, I posted about a few special days.  First was my Rescue-versary when I was saved from the shelter.  Next was the anniversary of when Mommy adopted me. Well, yesterday was the day I consider my official Gotcha Day.  Why? Well, four years ago yesterday I was finally discharged from the hospital and went with Mommy to my forever home! (We're one day late in posting.  Sometimes Mommy is not a very good secretary.)

I was so excited to go home that I didn't sleep a wink the night before! And oh boy, was I meowing my little head off when Mommy and Will picked me up! I was so happy  I talked all the way from Manhattan to Queens!

I had to live in the bathroom for a while (which I called the Executive Suite - it sounded better than "the bathroom") because I was still sick and still on medicines.  I had diarrhea because of those yucky antibiotics, but Mommy didn't mind.  She just put towels down on the floor.

Here are a few pictures of me on my first day at home: (It was so nice to have room to stretch my legs and not live in a cage anymore!)

Ahhh... this bed is comfy
Hi Mommy! Thank you for brining me home.
When do I get to meet my sister?

And here I am on day two.  I was already settled in and loving having a home. 
This is one of Mommy's favorite pictures of me.

Lexy and I have the same wish, and that's for all animals to be as lucky as we are.  We want to save the world one rescued pet at a time!

Are you a rescued pet? Did you rescue a pet? We would love to share your stories.  Please email them to us at lolatherescuedcat@gmail.com or share them on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today is dress up your pet day!

January 14 is Dress Up Your Pet Day! Lexy and I don't really like to dress up much, but we did manage to get a photo shoot.  Our friend Goody from France sent us this very special coat which he calls "The Number One Magic Coat".  Goody sent this  coat from France to a special group of friends, and we are honored to be a parr of that group.  We hope you like our photo shoot.

Did you dress up your pet today? Share your photos on our Facebook Page.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Anniversary, Mommy!

Guess what today is? It's another anniversary day! Four years ago today I met Mommy for the first time! After seeing my picture on Facebook, she emailed Aunt Leslie and made plans to come meet little old me! This was me the first day she met me:

Even though I was fur and bones, couldn't meow, and had such a stuffy, runny nose that I blew bubbles when I breathed, she thought I was beautiful. Even way back then I was chatty!

Mommy said I had the cutest little silent meow. It would be another week before she could bring me home, though. But that was OK cause I was adopted! And now I'm a Princess.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

It's Wordless Wednesday!

This is my our Wordless Wednesday post! We hope you join the Blog Hop!

This was taken after coming to my forever home

Lexy liked her new bed right away after coming to her
new forever home!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Rescue-versary!

Four years ago today I was rescued from the shelter! My Aunt Leslie was given the all clear to come pick me up.  Many people don't know this, but the shelter wasn't going to let Aunt Leslie take me.  I was on antibiotics for a VERY bad Upper Respiratory Infection and they wanted me to finish them before I was released.  Aunt Leslie was very worried, because she didn't think I was going to make it that long and she knew I needed more care.  But the kitty angels were looking over me and the shelter decided to let Aunt Leslie take me.  This is what I looked like four years ago:

Photo taken by Janice Rossel.  This photo made Mommy
want to help me. 
This photo was taken by a very nice lady named Janice Rossel.  Aunt Janice and her husband take photos of many of the shelter animals to help find them a forever home (and more importantly, save them from Death Row *shudders*) When Aunt Janice saw me in the shelter she took me out of my cage and let me sit on her lap.  She fell in love with me and knew I had to get out of there! She didn't know this at the time, but this picture was the start of my new life.  After Mommy saw this picture of me on Facebook she knew she had to meet me.  

As soon as Aunt Leslie got me, she took me straight to Manhattan Cat Specialists to get better. They took such good care of me there, and Dr. Plotnick is still my doctor today.  I'm all better now, but I have Chronic Sinusitis.  That means I have a stuffy nose and sometimes a runny nose. And oh boy, do I SNEEZE!! You can find my sneeze accidents all over the house.  Mommy doesn't mind though.  She says it's all worth having me in the family (even when I sneeze in her face!) 

So today, on my Rescue-versary, I send big hugs and kisses to Leslie Kaufman and Janice Rossel. Thank you for thinking I was important enough to save.  

This is why I urge people to adopt and save a shelter/rescue pet, not buy one.  

Stay tuned, because I'll have two more milestones to share! 


P.S.  Aunt Leslie owns the BEST cat sitting service in NYC! On All Fours Cat Sitting

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Our First Post of 2015!

Well, I'm sitting here trying to figure out what to write for our first post of 2015. So I decided to just post what I would share on our Facebook page or what I would write in our book.  I figured that's who we are, so I'll share it for the world!

Well, I started 2015 off doing something I never did before! I hid in a box! I have never, ever, in my whole 4 and 1/2 years of life hid in a box.  Boxes are Lexy's thing, they're not mine.  But here's the proof! (I was moving pretty fast, so the proof is a little blurry.).

Mommy heard something in the box and couldn't believe it when I popped my little head out!

I'm almost out! 

OK, I admit, that was kinda fun!

Lexy spent the morning napping.  She was snoring on the new blankie we got from Albert Spot and Runty.

Lexy: I heard that, Lola! Queens do not snore. And since I am a Queen, I was not snoring.

Ummm.... well... ummm..... hmmm..... Anyhoo..... that was our first morning of 2015.  We hope you all think out of the box this year (or in my case, in the box! MOL) and try something new, just like I did.  You never know what you might find.