Friday, January 22, 2016


Dear Friends,

Here is Pistachio now KiKi.
She is adjusting very well to her new home and the more we look at her she seems even more beautiful.
She is very affectionate and she likes sleeping with us at night, her favorite spot is in between our pillows.
Many thanks for this beautiful gift.

All the best.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jeffrey (now Byron)

Dear Humane Society of New York,

Well it has been an interesting five days! We have gone from hissing and tantrums (on Loki’s side) at the mere smell of Jeffrey (a.k.a. Byron, the Purr Master General), to grumpy reluctance, to acceptance and finally protective companionship. It seems that Loki now not only likes Byron, but considers him to be ‘his’ kitten and looks after him, from grooming to making sure he eats first.

After Loki’s initial reaction, it became necessary to integrate the kittens gradually via the 'secluded room' method, but Byron has now had the run of the house for almost 48 hours and (fingers crossed) everything is going great.

I have to say, I think we got extremely lucky with Byron. He is the most good-natured and tolerant cat I think I have ever met. Even during the long, traffic-congested car ride home, he did not meow or complain once; just calmly played with his toy. His appetite is astounding. I don’t know what condition he was found in, but he acts as though he’s afraid he will never see food again :( Hopefully this will lessen after a while, as he keeps finishing Loki’s dinner for him! 

Byron is so affectionate, always purring his little heart out. His ‘mouthiness’ has nearly disappeared since he has been running around, playing with Loki, and he spent yesterday evening on the back of the sofa purring and licking our heads lol. Both cats have been calmer and more affectionate; they were just desperate for a playmate. The past two days have been an overload of cuteness (please see attached photos), and we are so happy everything seems to be working out. 

We are so impressed by the amazing work the Humane Society of New York does every day on very limited resources, and are so grateful to have had the opportunity to adopt one of your wonderful animals. We will absolutely recommend you to everyone we know and look forward to contributing in the future.

With much love and many thanks,

Portrait taken by Richard Phibbs 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year from Francisco and his new family!

To Bonnie & HSNY Crew,

We just wanted to give you an update on Whiskers, with a few pics...we love him so very much! He is doing awesome with our family!  He is so smart & loving.
Thank you, again, for helping our family gain a wonderful new furry family member!

Adopted "Francisco" 11/10/15

Monday, November 23, 2015

Gizmo the Kitten

We wanted to reach out and say that we are so incredibly happy with our recent adoption from the Humane Society of New York! Bonnie was an incredible match maker and we could not be happier with our amazing new family member Ernie, (formerly known as Gizmo:). 

Ernie has brought an amazing amount of love and snuggles to our home, we are completely in love with him! I have attached a few pictures of Ernie in his new home for you to have a look. 

This was my second adoption with Bonnie's help, and she has just been so amazing and helpful on both occasions. We are so thankful for the HSNY and all the care that you offer animals in need. All the best to you, and thanks so much again!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Adopting an older cat was the best decision we could have made."


We can't believe it has been one week since we adopted Melody, the beautiful 6 year old cat, from you at the Humane Society of New York! We wanted to update you with her progress in our home -- things seem to be going great so far! First, we decided to change her name to Astrid -- it's a common Scandinavian name in J's heritage, and the cat seemed like this regal, elegant lady. 

When we arrived home, Astrid immediately sought refuge in the hidden spots in our apartment -- the back of the closet, under the bed, etc. But she gradually began to explore and she hasn't retreated to these spaces since her first day home. We have a couple beds for her, but of course she prefers one of our moving boxes over everything! (She also likes sleeping on top of boxes, in paper grocery bags, and in/on/near anything cardboard). As Lowell said, Astrid has been a terrific eater since she arrived, and has had no trouble with the litter box. Astrid also loves the cardboard scratcher and the scratching post we got her -- no trouble with her trying to scratch our sofa or clothes.

One of our family members told us that cats fall into two groups: 'tree' dwellers and 'bush' dwellers. Astrid is definitely a bush cat -- she doesn't really care about jumping up to high surfaces; rather, she loves exploring all the corners and low shelves and nooks and crannies in our apartment. She's an incredibly laid back, independent cat. We both work long hours, and she seems to be calm at home and isn't destructive at all. She greets us at the door when we get home (though she may be more curious about exploring the world beyond the front door!). She is still a little wary of too much contact -- she will allow us to pet her for short periods, but she isn't overly affectionate yet. That being said, she seems to like keeping a watchful eye on us. 

For the most part, she spends her time sleeping, exploring the various cardboard boxes we have in our apartment, defending us from the monster in the vacuum cleaner, and cleaning herself. (She's SO meticulous about grooming -- more than any cat we've ever seen!) However, in the early mornings, she goes into 'rocket cat' mode and dashes across the apartment, kicking and chasing her jingle football toy all around. She doesn't seem to like the cat dancer or the other toys we got her as much, so let us know if you have any toy recommendations!

Finally, we are trying to furminate her every day or so (she has a lot of luscious fur!), but she doesn't tolerate for more than a couple minutes, and she won't let us furminate her chest/belly/legs. She's quite gentle and will first walk away from something she doesn't like before hissing or batting with a paw, but we are worried we aren't getting enough time in. Any suggestions?

But overall, she's been a terrific cat and fits so well into our lifestyle. Adopting an older cat was the best decision we could have made -- we definitely recommend it for other individuals or couples! Astrid is so calm, gentle, and laid-back and already has the basics (eating, litter box, scratching post) down. We are a a little nuts about taking pictures of her, so please enjoy our favorites from her first week!

Thank you again for all of your help! We have recommended you to all of our prospective pet owning friends. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015