Lexy's Sixth Gotcha Day! | Lola The Rescued Cat
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Lexy's Sixth Gotcha Day!

Hello everyone! This is Lexy and I’m here to tell you that today is a very special day.  It’s my Gotcha Day, or my Adoptiversary as some like to call it.  I like to call it “the day my life changed forever”. It’s actually a two-part day, the first day being April 10.  Six years ago on April 10 Mother and I found each other. It was serendipitous, if I do say so myself.  By happenstance Mother found herself in Petco in Nanuet, NY, the same day I happened to be “on display” at an adoption event with Hudson Valley Humane Society



 OK, “on display” seems a little negative to say, but that’s how I felt.  Family after family, person after person, just passed me up. After a while even the most confident girl starts to feel there’s something wrong with her.  This went on for about a year, and then it happened. A human stopped by my cage and couldn’t take her eyes off of me.  It was Mother.  She oohed and aahed over me, and didn’t even look at the other cats. For the first time in a very long time, a human had eyes for only me.  I liked her – I could feel her positive energy, and I felt something else; love.  I didn’t get my hopes up too high though, because I didn’t want to get let down again. Especially when she left without me. 

A week later on April 17, 2010 , the volunteers (who were all so wonderful to me), told me I was going home.  They kept petting me (I didn’t do hugs back then, either) and telling me how happy they were for me.  I wondered if they had me confused with some other cat because surely I hadn’t been adopted. A little while later I smelled a familiar human scent – it was a human who had petted me before in my cage, but I didn’t know who.  I looked up to take a peek and there she was; it was Mother, and she looked so happy! She was accompanied by an entourage of humans who I later found out were my new relatives. They all came to see me! The next thing I knew I was in a carrier (well, a cardboard box type of thing) with my bed from my crate, and off I went in the car to Queens, NY.  (I never slept in that bed again.  I never went near it. That part of my life was over and I was happy when Mother finally threw it out.)

About 90 minutes later I was home.  It felt so strange to say that word – home.  The last “home” I had ended up with the humans moving and me being thrown outside, left behind, to fend for myself.  I had a feeling Mother wouldn’t be like that, though.  The house was already set up for the arrival of a queen, complete with fancy dishes, scratching post, beds and catnip toys.  Not to mention treats.  I took a look around (after a quick trip to the litter box), and then jumped in the kitchen window.  It was so long since I was able to do this. I missed the birds! I turned around and looked at Mother to say “thank you”, and at that moment I gave her my heart.  We’ve been in love ever since. 


Birds! Oh birds, how I've missed you so. 

I know how lucky I am to be rescued and adopted because not all cats can say the same thing.  I have a wonderful home and family (including a pesky little feline sister), and I am truly the Queen of my castle here at the White House. I am loved, and I am safe, and will be forever. 

So, to say “thank you” to the folks at Hudson Valley Humane Society, I’m having a comment-thon! For every comment we will donate $1. If we get 50 comments or more we will donate $75! That’s how grateful we are for everything they do for the community in Rockland County (where Mother grew up), and for taking me off the streets.  

Thanks, folks, for celebrating my sixth gotcha day with me.  I am one happy cat and I am grateful for your friendship. 

And since today is Sunday Selfies, here's my selfie for today - this is me giving my approval for one of the beds Mother had waiting for me. 




Lexy


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  1. Happy gotcha day, Lexy! How awesome your human is doing a commenthon today!

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  2. Happy Gotcha Day! Athena can so relate. She was abandoned as a little kitten in someone's garden and then got taken to a rescue centre. I saw her on the shelter's website and went to see her the next day. It was love at first sight!

    So happy you found your forever human :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  3. Happy Gotcha Day! Athena can so relate. She was abandoned as a little kitten in someone's garden and then got taken to a rescue centre. I saw her on the shelter's website and went to see her the next day. It was love at first sight!

    So happy you found your forever human :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  4. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy!!! We are soooo happy that you found a forever home where you are so loved and cared about. You and your mom are both lucky to have found each other. You have an awesome mom! We will share your post on our FB page. We hope you get tons of comments!

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  5. There's my girl! Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! And I had no idea that you wrote so well - very impressed. Kisses to your sister.

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    1. Aunt Leslie! I miss you so! Please come visit me.

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    2. One day I will surprise you and then what? lol! love love love.

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  6. Happy Gotcha Day beautiful Lexy!

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  7. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy, and what a beautiful story! My kitteleh Shadow says the same; he helped me by walking across the keyboard as I typed this.

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  8. Your story made me cry, Lexy. God bless you and your beautiful family. 😿😽😽😽😽😽😽

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  9. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! I love reading your rescue story. You're so beautiful and you have the best loving, forever home.

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  10. Happy Gotcha Day Lexy ! We enjoyed reading your story, and we're glad you found such a loving home. Purrs

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  11. Happy 6th Gotcha Day Lexy!!! I am so happy you gotcha's such a loving Mom. How sweet of you to do a commentathon.

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  12. What a special Sunday Selfie it has turned out to be. Happy Gotcha day, Lexy, and glad you are here to share it with us all. purrs from ERin

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  13. Happy Gotcha Day! That's a great gotcha day selfie!

    The Florida Furkids

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  14. Happy Gotcha Day Lexy! We are very glad you found a wonderful forever home. :)

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  15. Lexy that is one great story! WE love hearing all about your GOTCHA!!! I am so glad to know you did find your forever & ever home.
    Happy Sunday Selfies.
    Annabelle, Boo, Ping, & Mr Jinx

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  16. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy Hope you're having a wonderful day!

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  17. We love your gotcha story, Lexy! We're all leaky eyed here (in the happy way) that you and Mother found each other. Happy Gotcha Day, sweet friend!

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  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! What a pawsome way to celebrate by giving back.

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  19. Happy 6th Gotcha Day, dear Lexy. Here's to many more. Hope you get over 50 comments to help out your old rescue place.

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  20. Happy Gotcha Day, sweet Lexy!!! Hope you're having the most purr-fect day ever!!!

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  21. Happy Day. Lexy ! And many more !

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  22. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! You're Mom was so lucky when she got you!

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  23. Lexy, what a sweet adoption story - you're one lucky kitty! Happy Gotcha Day!

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  24. lexi....a happee belated gotcha day two ewe; we R sorree we missed yur 6th but send best fishes for another 60 !! hope yur day was total lee awesum, hope ya got sum perch pizza pie & heerz two a yeer a head filled with happee nezz & health ♥♥♥

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  25. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Lexy!!! May you have many many more. Tell your mama hi from us!

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  26. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Lexy.... Here's some catnip fur lots and lots more!

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  27. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Lexy!! I am so sorry I am late!! Hoping it was pawesome!!!!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  28. Lexy, you have a wonderful gotcha story.

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  29. Congratulations, Lexy! Linda, Pepper, and Dublin

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  30. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! There's nothing better than a loving mother and a forever home :)

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  31. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy!!! We know you have a purrfect home and are so well loved. That is definitely something to celebrate, so we hope that's exactly what you've been doing!!!

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  32. We are a little late to the party to say Happy Gotcha Day, Lexy! Z-girl can be really slow to take action sometimes--if only WE could do the typing!
    We love your story! It's so beautiful and we wish this to happen for so many kitties who are overlooked at adoption events...it's worth it though when the right human comes forward. They can make all the sad go away.
    May you enjoy your celebration for a long time!
    Love, The Squeedunk Gang: Coco, Valentina, Manhattan, Bessie and Lulu (and, Mimi the foster kitty!)
    PS and Z-Girl too!

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  33. Happy 6th Gotcha Day, Lexy! ♥ ♥ We wish you many more.

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  34. Happy Gotcha Day, beautiful Lexy, from us fellow Hudson Valley peeps, Husky pups, and kitty Binx!

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  35. Happy 6th Gotcha Day, Lexi :) Extra 6 Pawkisses for the occasion :) <3

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  36. Happy Gotcha Day, Lexie! I am so glad that you found such a wonderful forever home. It is great seeing you help other kitties too. You are totally pawsome!

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  37. Lexy, what a beautiful and heartwarming story. You hit the jackpot with Mom Dawn. We love the adoptiversary. Much better than Gotcha Day. We are so happy you could share your day on the blog hop. We wish you many, many more adoptiversaries and happy years watching the birdies. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  38. well, well, well—you landed on the best place ever for you—purrs and paw pats, Savvy

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  39. Happy Gotcher day to a Sunday Selfie kitty who landed squarely on her paws!

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