Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Gotcha Day to Ellie and Cory!

Today is the 3rd anniversary of my momma Ellie's and my Gotcha Day! My momma Ellie and I were rescued from a terrible situation where we were abandoned in a trailer to fend for ourselves. My momma had 6 kittens to care for and she was starving. I was so tiny, I don't really remember the details. We were lucky to have been turned in by a nice person to United Paws, a wonderful volunteer organization that saved our lives. Here we are in a basket...you can just barely see tiny little me near my mommas chest. Below are the photos that were posted on Petfinder.com. That's how my mom found us. She was heartbroken over the loss of her sweet Maggie. Maggie had gone to the Bridge in November of 2005. Starting in January 2006, mom started her daily search on Petfinder.com. For months she looked at kitten and cat photos, read the stories. She just never felt ready to make a call or do anything until mid-April 2006. Mom did her normal log in to Petfinder.com and she saw the photos below and read the story (entire text below)...and it took her about 30 seconds to make the call that would change all of our lives.

Although my siblings were cute...mom knew instantly that she wanted to adopt my momma.

She had no idea that she'd be taking both of us home. Mom and her sister came out to visit us. The decision was made, she would be adopting my momma Ellie (then known as Libby), but she'd have to be patient until all of the kittens were weaned. Then 2 weeks after that first visit my dad came with my mom to visit us. It was at that second visit that they noticed little me. By that time all of my brothers and sisters were spoken for. They learned that no one had even called to inquire about me. Dad was smitten with me...there was no way he was going to pick up my momma in 2 weeks and leave me without my mother or my siblings....no way. They made the decision to adopt both me and my momma! They came back 2 weeks later with a cat carrier built for 2!
Here is the text of our Petfinder ad:

***What you are looking at is a miracle. Libby and her 6 nursing defenseless kittens were left behind with no food and no protection from raccoons and coyotes who wanted to make them dinner. They were rescued by a good Samaritan and turned into the program. Libby was very weak from not having any food, yet still having to provide for her family. Despite her desperate situation, Libby never lost her wonderful attitude and personality. Not only is she a wonderful mother but an ideal companion for your home, She is trusting of strangers and loving to all she meets. She will be available soon as the kittens have been weaned and she will be spayed. There are 5 seal point kittens. 3 girls and 2 boys. One of the boys looks to be lynx point. The other baby is pure black, not sure of sex yet. Although Libby and kittens won't be ready for a new home until mid may, we are putting holds on them when they are ready. If you would like to adopt or have questions,please call or email us!! **UPDATE** Libby and all siamese babies have been adopted, BUT we still have one pure black female kitten still available!!! Please bring this sweet kitten home today!!!***
Yes, that sweet kitten was me!

So thank you to Petfinder.com and most importantly to United Paws. To celebrate we are going to have a commentathon! Mom will be donating 25 cents for every comment that is left for us today to United Paws!

53 comments:

A Few Good Cats said...

That is a great story, Cory. Your mother was determined to take the best care possible of her kittens, and she did it. Happy 3rd Gotcha Day to you both, and we hope you have many more happy years ahead....

Fin said...

A that made us both a little leaky! Happy Gotcha day to both of you!! Hope you have a happy life with many many many years to celebrate.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Happy Gotcha Day! What a wonderful story. You were meant to be at this home!

ML said...

What a wonnerful story.
Happy Gotcha Day.
Love & Purrs,
KC

Chesney Cats said...

What an amazing story! Happy Gotcha Day!!

Kitties @ Our family cat-a-blog... said...

It alwayz makes our momma have water face when she hearz 'bout kitties an' puppiez left alone wif no one ta take care of them. But taday you told a story wif a good ending so dat made our momma soz happie. Ebby night she purr-ays fur all da babies dat don't hab homes an' cuddles, fur babiez and 'bean babiez. Momma sayz dat all babiez should feel ♥ all da timez.

Happy Gotcha Day and many, many more!☺

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

What a sweet story! Happy Gotcha Day for both...

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

*snif* what a wunnerful story Cory. We'z so glad yoo and yoor momma (and yoor siblings) gots furever homes. Happy Gotcha day!

milocat said...

Cory, your sad story wiv its beautiful ending brought a tear to our eyes. We had no idea that you (and your fambly) had such a hard start in life. What a wonderful celebrashun it should be today for you and your mama Eliie - to know that you and her and all your siblings found such safe and loving forever homes.

Happy gotcha day from our hearts to yours. Purrs.
Love Milo and Alfie xx

Karen Jo said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ellie and Cory! Reading your story made me grateful that there are good Samaritans out there along with the nasty people who would leave a cat family to fend for itself. I am so happy that you both got adopted and are living the good life now.

MoMo said...

Happy Gotcha Day!!! I am so glad you found such a warm and lovely forever home.

Forever Foster said...

Happy Gotcha Day, ladies!
Your story made us tear up a bit. We love you, and we love your human mum for loving you. Enjoy your happy day :)

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh Cory and sweet Miss Ellie! We are overjoyed that you have been saved to live in your forever home! We love Tillamook so much. I came from Portland when mommy found me on the internets...so we are all Oregonians! Yeah!
Stop over for a cup of tea and some birthday cake for our Auntie Deb today...
Love Miss Peach

Eric and Flynn said...

Happy Gotcha day to both of you. We are glad everything turned out so well for you and you have a loving forever home.

PDX pride said...

Happy, happy gotcha day! Have a great day (we know you both will) and enjoy your extra treaties and loving! :) :)

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ellie and Cory! That story made Mom's eyes tear up. We hope that one day the good samaritans will far out-number the peoples that just throw away their pets. In fact, we hope that one day, there are none of those bad peoples.

The Monkeys said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Cory and Elie! What a sweet and wonderful story :)

Tuck said...

Happy Gotcha Day Cory and Ellie! I'm so glad that your human mom and dad took you both! Ellie, you are such a strong kitty!!

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day! That's a wonderful gotcha story, Cory and Ellie! What a happy ending for you both! I was in a shelter too...my mom found me through petfinders.com just like you!

I hope you have a great day and get lots of treats!

Ernie

We're gonna each comment today cuz we know you are raising money for such a great cause!!

The Creek Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ellie and Cory! We love that story because it has such a fabulous ending. Thank goodness for the good samaritan, United Paws, and for your wonderful parents!

Count us in..... for every comment we get on our blog post today, we will make a donation in Cory and Ellie's name to United Paws!

BooBoo said...

I am so happy this story had a very happy ending. My people found me in a parking lot. They say I was about 4 weeks old and scared. And I have had a happy home since. You both are very beautiful and seem like me so happy. Take care.

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

What a wonderful story. Our eyes are leaking. We are so happy that you found such a caring, love filled home Ellie and Cory!! Ellie, you were such a great mom! We are glad you got to stay with your sweet daughter!!

O Happy Day!!!!!!!!

CCL Wendy said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ellie and Cory! What a wonderful and heartwarming story about how you were gotcha'd!

Ellie sure is a selfless heroine who saved the lives of her kittens while suffering herself. I'm just so glad there is such a happy ending fur all!

Noll's Nip said...

What a sweet "Gotcha Day" remembrance! Your momma Ellie is a beautiful soul and you are her mirror image.

VampyVictor said...

OH my goodness what a beautiful beautiful sweet story!! We knows Miss Ellie was a perfect momma but bow we see it even more... oh Miss Cory and Momma Ellie we wish you the bestest gotcha day ever!! :))

Furkidsmom said...

Happy Gotcha Day to Ellie and Cory! We loved reading your story because we knew it had a happy ending!!

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ellie and Cory! I love your gotcha story! I'm so happy there are organizations out there like United Paws!!

I hope you both have a great day!

Wally

wildcatwoodscats said...

Happy Gotcha Day to both! What a nice ending to what could have been a sad story.

Tristan and Crikey said...

Happy Gotcha Day! We're sure happy that you got gotted:)

Daisy said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ellie and Cory! I am so glad your story had such a happy ending. Ellie sure is a brave and good mamacat.

Cat with a garden said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ellie and Cory!
We knew about your story as we, ehem, when back and read all your posts when we found you. ; ) It's wonderful that your humans adopted both of you! The pictures of Ellie are so sweet.
Have a purrfect day!
Siena & Chilli

Angel said...

Happy Gotcha bay To Ellie and Cory. That is the sweetest story we havr read. It brought tears to Mom's eyes.

The Meezers said...

Happy Gotcha Day Cory and Ellie. what a wonderful gotcha day story!!!! And thank you to that wonderful kitty hero to took all of you and turned you into United Paws so that you could find your troo mom and dad!!!

pughy said...

That is so lovely. My mum was all leaky and said that you were meant to go with your mum. what a wonderful mum she is.Devoted to you all while being so hungry herself. So glad she found your mum.

Happy gotcha day..


Hugs GJ xxx

Rusty said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Cory and Ellie! I'm glad you got gotted to a good home!

pansylovr said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I can remember my gotcha day-it was Christmas Eve and the shelter didn't know what they were going to do with me-I was a terror! Mommy decided to give me a shot and I lived in her spare bedroom for 12 months before I decided to give living with my brother, Scamp a try. Scamp has crossed the bridge but now, Mommy has Runt and Charles living in that bedroom-she thinks we'll fight!
So, I hope you have many more years in your forever home and I hope you give your mommy and daddy nose rubs tonight to say thanks again.
Purrs,
Taz and mommy, Anna

Robyn and HotMBC aka The Hotties said...

Aw, that's a grate story! Happy Gotcha Day!
Purrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee adn teh resta the Hotties

momsbusy said...

what a great story. we luv happy endings. we say the best kitten got adopted last. happy gotcha day!

y2k

Junior and Orion said...

Happy gotcha Day you two!!! We are so glad you found such a wonderful home!!!!!

Zoolatry said...

Itty Bitty You and your warm and loving Mommy. It was a memorable day that phone call was made and you both found your forever home... and they were blessed to find you.
Happy Day to ALL.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ellie and Cory! I'm so happy you both got gotted!!!

Zoey

Shadow / Molly said...

What a pawsome story! Happy gotcha day Ellie and Cory!!! It was so meant to be fer yoo two to has yer furever home!!

Grrreta said...

Happy Gotcha Day! Yay for United Paws! We think it is wonderful that your family adopted you two together.

Shelly said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I'm so happy that you human mama and daddy decided to adopt you both. I knew that Ellie was a good mamacat, but I had no idea what she went through for you.....she's a wonderful mama!

I only remember 3 of the gotcha days for my furbabies. Coal's was 10/02/01, Snowball's was 12/24/94, and Salem was 09/28/03.

Reese =^..^= said...

Happy Gotcha Day! That is quite a story.

Jasmim said...

Happy Birthday! You are a very nice family ^^

Jas & Gi

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a happy-ending story! We are so glad you two were rescued by your mom.

Happy Gotcha Day to you both!!!!!

Sweet Praline said...

What a great Gotcha Day story! I'm so glad you have a wonderful forever home.

Samantha, Mr. Tigger and Maverick said...

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Gotcha Day Ellie & Cory and many, many, many moooooooore!!! That was a wonderful story, it made Mom tear up! We are so glad you two got to stay together!
Your FL furiends,

Pumpkin said...

Isnt' it grate to be gotted? Happy Gotcha Day to Ellie and Cory!

Camie's Kitties said...

What a wonderful story. Happy Gotcha day Ellie and Cory.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

Pinky Ash and Boo said...

That's a great story a nice happy ending. Happy Gotcha Day sweet kitties.

quiltcat said...

Happy Gotcha Day Cory and Ellie! It's really sad that you had such a difficult beginning in your life, but wonderful that a good Samaritan found you and even more wonderful that your hooman mama decided to adopt you and your human papa said Cory had to be adopted with Ellie. It's so sweet that mother and daughter were able to stay together...and come to such a wonderful home. Best wishes for many more happy years together!