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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hello all!

I have been browsing TCS for a long, long time and just today realized there were forums.

A little about me: Last year I moved from Dubuque, Iowa, to Yonkers, New York, regrettably leaving behind 3 cats with my mom. I have rescued 3 cats so far since moving to NY. I have only been a cat owner for about 2 1/2 years, but I have loved cats my entire life. In those 2 1/2 years, though, I have adopted 2 cats from a Humane Society(still have them), taken in 2 cats after they were recently abandoned(still have one, the other couldn't stay with other cats and had to go to a shelter), took 1 kitten from an overpopulated home(found a good home for it before I moved to NY), rescued 1 kitten from an abusive home(kept her for a few months, socialized her, but my mom couldn't afford to spay and vaccinate her, so took her to a shelter), and rescued 4 strays (2 kittens, 2 adults--my brother took 1 kitten, still have the other 3).

I have a huge heart and I can't bear to see cats mistreated, euthanized, or left outside as strays when they are lovable pets.

Here are some of my furbabies:

Pumba, my first cat, 4 years old, adopted from the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Great starter cat, doesn't get into trouble, doesn't like to be held, though. He is a wussy; he won't eat food or treats and won't play with toys when other cats are around, he's afraid they'll steal from him.

Pookie, 17 years old, also adopted from the same shelter. She loves her belly rubbed and loves food--she's very sneaky and will try to put her paw in whatever you're eating! She's gotten good at spilling cereal bowls to lap up what she can before you get a chance to clean it up.

Dusty, 1 year old, scooped him up after he got into our apartment building and was hanging around our stairwell for a few weeks when he was 4 months old. He refused to explore the apartment and demanded to be held after bringing him inside. After he was neutered, he's become the best cat I've ever met--he loves to be held, very vocal, immaculate litterbox skills, loves to play, knows how to fetch, and doesn't make any messes. He is the master of my lap.

In the picture with Dusty is Bobby, 2 years old, friendly stray we rescued in the beginning of December. He still thinks the food is going to disappear, so he's gained a bit of weight since we took him in. He's slowly coming out of his shell, he and Dusty play together and groom each other. Dusty is the black and white cat, Bobby is gray and white.

I have two more cats in my possession that I don't have pictures of:

Noel, 3 years old, he got his name because we found him at the hotel we were having a party at on Christmas Eve. Someone had thrown him out of their car window. His fur was completely matted (longhair) and he had staples in his fur! He is a lovable, lovely lapcat since we got him shaved and his fur grew back beautifully.

Our latest addition joined us last night, Kuro, don't know how old he is. Another of our friendly neighborhood strays, he had a gash on his leg so we finally took him in to take care of him. His story remains to be written

I look forward to getting to know all of you and your crazy cats!
post #2 of 24
Welcome to TCS!
post #3 of 24
Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Can't wait to see photos of your precious cats

Best Wishes to all of you! Hope you enjoy the forums
post #4 of 24
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #5 of 24
Hello and welcome to TCS!
post #6 of 24
Welcome to TCS!! You'll really enjoy this site - everyone is so friendly and helpful
post #7 of 24

You have a very lovely cat family!!
post #8 of 24
Wonderful stories! Welcome to TCS
post #9 of 24
Hi and welcome to TCS
Your babies are beautiful.
post #10 of 24
Welcome to TCS!
post #11 of 24
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furbabies to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

It's great that you want to help those kitties who find themselves in a difficult situation. Maybe you could get involved with a rescue group near to where you live who will have the finances to make sure that the kitties are vaccinated and spayed/neutered.
post #12 of 24
hello and welcome to the forums. great looking cats u got! :-)
post #13 of 24
Hi Angelyco!
Welcome in TCS forums! I'm sure it will be great to get to know you and your wonderful cats. Here, we like sensitive people that care for their cats, just like you.
post #14 of 24
Welcome to TCS

Wow you have more cats than me! You said your mom couldn't afford to have the others spayed/neutered, are the ones you have now speutered because we have a great list of low cost spay facilities and shelters who may be able to help if they are not.

Have you considered getting involved with a shelter or rescue so you can use some of the expenses of rescuing cats against your taxes or have the shelter pay and you foster them until they are ready to go to homes.

I found this place in Yonkers who offer low cost speuter certificates
Pet Adoption League
Phone: 914 376-7183
Email: pal_mv (at) yahoo.com

Every penny counts with that many cats
post #15 of 24
Hi, welcome to TCS.
So glad you've joined us!
Thank you for caring so deeply about cats who need a home.
Are you currently working with a rescue group?
Eithne is the above post is right...
it's important, when you are rescuing kitties to have support.
post #16 of 24
OMG! I was born in Yonkers and lived there until I got out of grad school. Now live in CA. Please PM me with where you live (if you want) and we can talk Yonkers.
post #17 of 24
hello & welcome!
post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your warm welcome!

Currently, all of my cats except the one we just took in Sunday night are spayed/neutered. I just recently found an organization called the Animal Welfare League that sells low-cost certificates, which made it easier to get my last cat neutered, and I will continue to do business with them. Petco has low-cost vaccinations as well. I'm really feeling out into the community to see what's available--unfortunately, NYC has a lot of resources and it leaves surrounding areas rather unpenetrated, and I'm really too far to commute for basic animal care.

I would LOVE to get involved in animal rescue of some sort. We're considering fostering cats for the local shelter, but that is on hold since we're still introducing the latest cat, the inn is full for the moment! I'm especially interested in getting involved in TNR, so many cats in our neighborhood aren't ready to be adopted, but I feel horrible having to leave them to reproduce more unwanted babies. There are very few females in the colony so that's where I want to start. One of the reasons I'm even attempting to keep the cats I've rescued so far is the only shelter in Yonkers isn't accepting any cats until March--I was told point blank that if I bring in a cat, it WILL be put down.

My dream career would be working for a shelter/organization/ASPCA of some sort, but I'm doing the best I can with what I have for now
post #19 of 24
My goodness you have a cute furfamily! WELCOME TO TCS!
post #20 of 24
Hi and welcome. You have some beautiful cats.
post #21 of 24
Hi! We live out in NW NJ, but have friends in Yonkers and New Rochelle.

There was a problem with the neighborhood cats out by our friend, and we helped to do a lot of trapping out there on the weekends two years ago. There are actually a lot of low-cost spay/neuter places just a hop, skip and jump away from you. I don't know the policies of them all, but so you have the info, here's the list:

If you want to get involved in fostering with a rescue group:

Paws To Love Adoptions, Inc.
Foster Organization- No Facility
BRONX, NY 10453
6.0 miles
(718) 294-8058
Hours: Any time, really. We are a rescue organization and take in animals any time. People who want to adopt, come by appointment only, and/or we deliver the animal to the prospective new home.

New Rochelle Humane Society
70 Portman Road
New Rochelle, NY 10801
6.0 miles
(914) 632-2925
Hours: Our hours are Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and Thursday 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm. We are closed on legal holidays.

Emerson Animal Hospital P. A.
371 Kinderkamack Road
Emerson, NJ 7630
7.0 miles
(201) 262-2950
Hours: Regular business hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, and Saturday 8am to 12pm. A doctor is on call for 24 hour emergency service.

Save The Animals Rescue Team II
P.O. Box 177
Elmwood Park, NJ 7407
12.0 miles
(201) 797-8861
Hours: Cats are available Thursdays and Fridays 7pm to 9pm by appointment only and Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Dogs are available Saturdays 10am to 4pm.

SPCA of Westchester
590 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
16.0 miles
(914) 941-2894
Hours: We are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.

The places in NJ do mean crossing the GW, but depending upon when you're going (especially if it's an emergency at night - nice to know that's available) traffic isn't by definition too bad.

Hope you can join us in the Caring for Strays and Ferals forum! I bet you've got lots to share - and we may have resources and links that you'll find helpful.

Welcome to TCS!

post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the information, Laurie! I'll definitely try to get involved with some of them--especially the SPCA of Westchester. I have so much love to give and only so much room for kitties
post #23 of 24
Originally Posted by Angelyco View Post
Hello all!
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post #24 of 24
Also, don't forget to check out North Shore Animal League America. They're in Port Washington, Long Island. This is a bit of a drive from Yonkers, but not bad if you cut over the Throg's Neck Bridge and pick up the Cross Island Parkway.
They're an incredible no-kill shelter and if you don't mind the drive (books on CD in the car help) it is an awesome place to work/volunteer. They also have a terrific foster care program.
Warning: If you go check out the shelter, you will not leave without adopting something. The last time I went there - just to ask them for help as a representative of another shelter - I came home with a lovely special-needs kitty. I couldn't resist her!
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