Chelsea

Eileen Hynes & Mowgli

Check out the Emmy-nominated SNL short, “The U.E.S.” (I’ll wait. Enjoy!) Kate McKinnon starts rapping, “I stay home with my cat, home with my cat…I got a cozy blanket, and I got a warm cat.”  I feel so seen.  Most of the photos of Mowgli and me feature her in all her tiger-striped, raccoon-tailed glory… […]

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Prospect Heights

Keren Abreu & Margo

For the first 18 years of my life, I shared a one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx with my parents and my two brothers. Both brothers have asthma, so the dog we all desperately wanted was just a pipe dream. There was a brief period in 2002 where we accidentally ended up with nine hamsters. I […]

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Harlem

GG deFiebre, Gizmo & Cosmo

I adopted Cosmo and Gizmo in 2007 when they were 3 months old from a New York City shelter. My mom and I had found a beautiful middle-aged snowshoe kitty (Toby) in a construction site the year before and thought he would be more active if we got him some kitten siblings. Initially Toby wasn’t […]

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Upper West Side

Allison Broder, Playbill & Gus

I adopted a tuxie named Playbill when she was 8 years old from Anjellicle Cats Rescue. She was living at the now-closed Petco on Columbus and 99th Street. One of the volunteers introduced me to her and she stuck her paw out of the cage at me, and my then-boyfriend said she was definitely the […]

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Bushwick

Bridget Badore & Queso

I’ve been obsessed with cats since I was really young—I would only allow “kitty” stuffed animals in my toy arsenal. I used to doodle cats all the time and when I was around 6 or 7 my mom finally got me a cat of my own. He was a cute little orange tabby that we […]

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Bed-Stuy

Daphni Edwards & Chai

I have the sweetest mini dachshund named Chakka who now lives with my mom in South Carolina. Since becoming a flight attendant 5 years ago, I couldn’t properly care for her with my hectic schedule and constant traveling. Although I visit Chakka and bring her to NY from time to time, I desperately missed having […]

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Williamsburg

Katie Minchak & Napoleon

Napoleon and I grew up together. My mom adopted him in Ohio when I was 8 years old. Our old childhood cat, Tat, was sick and my mom wanted to soften the blow for us kids (and I think for herself as well). She typically loved grey cats, but Napoleon’s affectionate personality and huge ears […]

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Bushwick

Silvia Orozco & Hayley

Hayley is tiny but mighty. She is a little orange lady (only 5.5lbs) with ears that tower above her little head and huge eyes that only add to her charm. Although she’s such a tiny cat, she is the boss. Every day, Hayley makes her rounds through the apartment as she constantly meows. Just like […]

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Bed-Stuy

Bridgett Balliett, Petra & Maxine

Petra came to be my cat through what always seemed to be divine intervention. She was found as a days-old kitten abandoned by her mother on my family’s farm in 2014. I had actually been hoping and planning to get a dog, but when this tiny crying baby kitty needed a guardian, I decided to […]

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