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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Philadelphia

Tori Freedman & Onyx

Onyx joined me and my boyfriend in 2014 in Pasadena, California. The local SPCA has a deal that on every Friday 13th they have black cats for adoption for $13, so one Friday the 13th in June my boyfriend and I went to go rescue our new fur baby. We knew we wanted a black […]

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Philadelphia

Liz Roan, PJ, Monkey & Junebug

  Working at an art gallery in the rapidly growing community of New Kensington, my life and schedule are all kinds of crazy. My cats PJ, Monkey, and Junebug have been my 12 legs of much needed serenity. PJ came into my life as a wandering rescue. I was dealing with a long period of […]

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Greenpoint

Samantha Raye, Oona & Little Cat

The first time I saw a hairless cat (much like everyone else) was as a kid obsessing over the Austin Powers trilogy and the iconic duo that is Dr. Evil & Mr. Bigglesworth. I never imagined that I’d own one (let alone two), but three years ago I met a sphynx cat for the first […]

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Astoria

Quenna Sanchez & Bea

I was reverse-catfished. Having been presented with a photo of a hefty, surly looking feline from the alleys of Astoria, I accepted the foster mom’s invitation to meet in real life with apprehension. My drive to be polite outweighed my better instincts. I arrived, still skeptical, and received a disclaimer: The kitten I was about […]

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Portland

Nica Demaria & Stripe (Kitty)

I inherited my cat from an ex-boyfriend who I lived with for over 5 years. He had adopted the cat as a kitten for his daughter’s 6th birthday shortly before we met. Through the endless stress and tumultuousness of our complicated relationship and stepfamily dynamic, Kitty remained a source of calm for both of us. […]

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