Washington DC

Kate Bahn & Brisco

I got Brisco and his late brother, Bowler, in September 2006, when I was fresh out of college and excited to finally be an “adult” with responsibilities, like having my own pets. I’d lived with cats my whole life, but having my own gave that connection a whole new meaning. Brisco and Bowler had been […]

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Bed-Stuy

Ariela Gittlen, Uni Littlejoy & Chloe Zola Volcano

 My husband adopted Uni and Chloe from Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition about six years before we met, when they were just tiny tiger kittens. Like any good single parent he made it abundantly clear, even before our first date, that the cats were part of the package. His Tinder profile announced that he was […]

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Washington DC

Brie Statham, Charlie, Louis & Pigeon

Charlie was my very first pet. I didn’t really have much of an opinion on cats at the time, besides knowing that my mom was terrified of them, but I had always found them to be interesting animals. I rescued Charlie from the Detroit Humane Society when she was six months old. I went in […]

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Philadelphia

Jacqueline Nowakowski & Pumpkin

Pumpkin the tiny, two-faced Tortie came into my life very unexpectedly, but in the most genuine way imaginable. I live in a loft apartment above a specialty plaster studio where I happen to work. One day, my boss, Kathy, received a phone call from a panicked friend, telling her he could no longer care for […]

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Crown Heights

Yael Peet, Ted & Hobbes

I am lucky enough to have two boisterous boy cats in my life, very different in personality but equally lovable.  Funnily enough though, my role as cat lady began when I was ten. I even have proof in the form of an embarrassing but hilarious snapshot. My mother took me to a portrait studio with […]

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Fort Greene

Camille Moroz & Audrey

I grew up in a household without pets—three younger brothers were beastly enough. I was one of those awkward people who, when forced to interact with animals, mechanically patted their heads and recoiled at any sudden movement. So when my husband suggested we spend a Saturday afternoon visiting BARC shelter’s cat loft, I said, “Ok, […]

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Williamsburg

Cydney Russell & Tali

My law school days had me yearning for a little creature to take care of and after being swayed out of taking on the responsibilities of a dog, I made my way to an adoption event in North Carolina, where I was living at the time. I started playing with an energetic, oversized kitten with a […]

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Greenpoint

Cameron Sheedy & Henrietta

My partner and I adopted Henrietta from BARC Shelter two and a half years ago. BARC is great because they have a separate “cat loft” area where the cats can play and lounge crate-free. As soon as we started walking towards the loft, we saw Henrietta’s little face peering up over the glass windows watching […]

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Philadelphia

Laura Weiszer & Chester

In 2012, my then-boyfriend and I decided to adopt a cat together. I wasn’t a cat person at all, so I’m not really sure why I agreed to it, but as soon as we started the adoption process and met the tiny kitten we would later name Lord Chesterfield, I fell in love. When we […]

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