Thursday, July 19, 2012


On this day in 2005 little Miss Grace
added herself to our family.
Gracie had been abandoned at Animal Care and Control.
For whatever their reasonings, ACC had NOT taken her in.
She was at the front entry meowing and interacting with each
person as they came through the door.
Begging for someone to take her in.

We were there because we had our feral outdoor kitty go missing.
RIP Button.
*big sigh*

When we did not find Button we were devastated beyond words.
I got to go into the back area where the animals are on their last hours.
I wanted to open all the cages and let them out.
They were all so scared and ...
oh the memory haunts me so badly.

So I was in a very bad state of mind when I came out of this staging area.
My husband asked me "do you want to take her" (meaning Grace).
Just because I could save one,
I did.

Not really the best way to make a decision to add to our
already large cat family.
I mean we had just added Abby in June of that year and she was still
not in any way ready to be with the 3 amigos.

As we drove away with Gracie whom ACC just gave to us, I
thought what have I done? I was so upset about Button being
gone and now I had hastily made a long term commintment
to Gracie.

 Gracie fit right in.
In fact we only had her separated until the
Vet gave us the A-OK.
Gracie just wanted a home, and she has one.
This was my easiest happily ever after.

Gracie is still the same kitten she was then ...
she only trusts us.
she is still partial feral.
Or maybe just scared.
But, try as I might, she may not accept it fully but she is
totally safe here.
Gracie has her forever
and ever


  1. Oh Gracie--every time we hear about your rescue, Mama gets all teary eyed. We are so glad you have a safe home.

    Hello handsome Ping. I think I am doing better. I got all sorts of stuff to help my tummy from the vet. We will see what happens.

  2. Oh what a beautiful heart and story. the Momma's heart feels better when she hears a happy ending like yours.
    Happiest Gotcha Day!
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

  3. Gracie, you are so blessed and so is your family!!

    Love, Scout and Mama :)

  4. Great Gotcha Day story! Sumtimes the quickest decisions are the best ones!

  5. Happy gotcha day, Gracie! My human knows exactly how your human feels, about being at a shelter and wanting to open all those cages so the animals can go free!

  6. This lovely gotcha story of Gracie really warmed my heart. I'm SO happy you gave her a forever home. I'm also so sorry that you lost Button. :(
    I stop going to shelters because I couldn't bear looking at all those animals I COULD NOT save. It really broke my heart to see them looking longingly at everyone who walked by even as they were moved to enclosures closer and closer to the end. :(

  7. You knew didn't you Gracie? The right family was coming! Happy Gotcha Day sweet Gracie!

  8. Haapy Gotcha Day Gracie - we hope you get extra kisses.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  9. Gracie your Gotcha story turned out so well for you - a bit sad for Buttons though. We are glad to know you, and see how content and loved you are in your forever home.


  10. We are sorry about Button but so happy Gracie found her home.

  11. That makes me cry, those poor cats on death row. I know it happens every day, but it makes me feel physically sick to my stomach.

    Bless you for that instant decision to take Gracie and give her such a wonderful forever home.

    Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie, from the three of us at Fuzzy Tales! (Human included. LOL.)

  12. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie. This was your lucky day back in 2005. You got a home where you're loved and won't ever be dumped on a doorstep again.

  13. Happy gotcha day kitteh!

    RA, Isis & Nanük

  14. Beautiful Gracie!!! Me and Charlie are so glad you found a home with mum and dad!! You are a true blessing! Take care

  15. Life is full of what if's and coincidences, but we are soo happy that you got Gotcha'd by the bestest family anywhere!

  16. Happy Gotcha Day Gracie!! I love your story. You are safe in your furrever home xox

  17. Happy Gotcha Day was most certainly a lucky day for everyone.
    Your story is beautiful
    Hugs madi

  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie. Your persistence earned you the best forever home you could ever have.

  19. Mommy and I wish you a VERY happy Gotcha Day Gracie and mommy's typing thru wet eyes because of your story. Mom knows she could never ever ever volunteer in such a place because of all the precious cats who are afraid and worse, going to be sent to the Bridge. They are innocents and we are supposed to be their stewards. Your mommy took you home. I know you love for so much.

  20. such a poignant gotcha story. Gracie you were sure smart to make your play when you did, and so happy it all worked out so easily.

  21. Happy Gotcha Day Gracie! Truely it was meant to be! We're sorry you had to lose Buttons, but he was obviously leading you to your new forever kitty and we thank him for that!

  22. I'm sharing this sad tale with the happiest ending with some rescue groups. Happy gotcha day Gracie!

  23. Oh Gracie, we are so glad you didn't give up and you found the most wonderful people. That is why our Person will not go to a shelter. She would either let them all loose or take them home. Happy Gotcha day to you. It is funny how some just fit right in. The Person trapped a very feral Mom kitty, and she has turned out to be the nicest kitty. And so is her daughter, Mahoney. Love this story.

  24. We're so happy Gracie found you and you found here!!!

  25. Happy Gotcha Day Gracie. We are glad you found such a wonderful and loving Forever Home.

  26. Gracie, that's a great gotcha story! Happy Gotcha Day, you beautiful girl!

  27. Happy Gotcha Day sweet Gracie!!! Sometimes the best decisions are made on the spur of the moment...we got Casper that way too :-)

  28. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie! That's a sweet story, and we are so happy you found your loving home. So many animals never find theirs. We think the image of those poor animals during their last hours is going to haunt us for a long time too. The mom got all teary eyed.

  29. Happy Gotcha Day Gracie !!!!!!
    We always love that story and we get leaky eyes too.
    We are so happy you are safe now and have a wonderful home :)
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

  30. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie. Great gotcha story, we never noo it before.

  31. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie! You sure gotcha'd yourself a wonderful and loving forever home. :)

  32. We just love your rescue story Gracie! Happy Gotcha Day! I hope you get lots of treats, but you got the best treat of all. A forever home.

  33. Happy Gotcha Day, Gracie! You are one lucky kitty.

  34. Happy Gotcha Day....yes, a little late, I know.

  35. Happy Happy Gotcha Day Gracie! You are so adorable that it's no wonder you came right home your people. I feel your mom's pain so acutely. We just can't possibly save them all. That feeling of utter helplessness can be overwhelming; glad you rubbed up right against her and told her you were the one!

    That Woman

  36. Ohhhh how did I miss this??? I was so backed up on emails! I am sooooooo sorry!! Happy Happy Gotcha Day!!!