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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Bed-Stuy

Ashley Molesso, Chess Needham & Mafia

Mafia was born on Craigslist in 2012, my junior year of college, or at least that’s how she came into my life. So she might as well have been born there. She was just a kitten that some random woman in Queens was trying to rehome for a friend. As a child, I had a […]

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East Village

Hannah Kinser & Ozzy

I’d always considered myself a “dog person’ (and in fact have two—Pork and Sal), and the thought of being a cat-mom never crossed my mind. My boyfriend, however, had wanted to adopt one, as he’d lost his a few years back and thought it was the right moment for another. I was hesitant but played […]

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Fort Greene

Lydia White, Snax & Snüz

I moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn in 2010. It was a big move for me. I didn’t have a job or apartment lined up, but a huge priority was to fulfill my longtime desire to adopt a kitten. It seemed like the best way to ensure that outcome was to secure an apartment of […]

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Park Slope

Qichen Zhang, Nori & Panda

When I moved to Brooklyn in 2013, I struggled with my mental health when adapting to life here. It took almost a year to get myself in a better headspace with therapy and self-care. About a year after moving to Brooklyn, my then boyfriend and I wandered into Animal Haven in SoHo one weekend, “just […]

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Kips Bay

Amy Mills & Walter

My big 16-pound black kitty Walter found his way into my life when he was just 6 months old back in 2013. My bandmate Megan, who worked with rescue animals at the time, was on the subway and encountered a child with a cardboard box trying to get rid of a kitten. After she saw […]

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Sunset Park

Iva Dixit, Mikhail Bulgakov, Pigeon & Bread

The first cat I brought home I named Mikhail Bulgakov, after the Russian novelist who wrote The Master and Margarita, and did so because I was 23, which is exactly how young and stupid you need to be in order to mistake meaningless literary pretension for a personality. The shelter gave him to me with […]

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Crown Heights

Ein Jung & Eileen

Eileen is a force to be reckoned with. I knew it from the first moment I saw her, which was through an Instagram post on Brooklyn Cat Cafe’s profile. It was a photo of her in her signature pose, with her one front leg sprawled across her favorite cushion at the cafe. The caption read […]

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Prospect Heights

Bianca Turetsky & Cleo

I adopted Cleo about 7 years ago from Kitty Kind, a really wonderful cat rescue group that operates out of the Union Square Petco. They found her as a baby kitty wandering around the streets of Queens. She was so little and beautiful, a muted calico with green eyes, and I fell in love at […]

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