Interview with Lola the Rescue Cat
Here are SoPurrfect we love to get to know our other rescue cats and cat lovers. Each time we meet and talk with them we are moved by their stories. Lola’s story is unique and wonderful. You can check out her blog here and read our blog post on what it’s like to be a foster carer for cats. Spoiler alert: it’s fantastic.
Lola, could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! First I’d like to say thank you so much for interviewing me! I’d love to tell you a little about myself. I’m an easy to please kitty who loves her treats and sleeping in sun puddles. I live with my feline sister, Lexy, and our mom. I love our mom so much! I follow her around the house, meowing, until she picks me up. I’m always next to her, or sitting on her lap. She says I’m her shadow! I’ve become quite the social media maven and love keeping up with all of the news from my friends. Oh, and I’m very chatty! I meow ALL the time.
Your story of how you became rescued is famous… can you tell us how that all happened?
My story starts in the projects of East Harlem in New York City. Life in the projects can be rough, and you never know who you can trust. I learned that lesson the hard way on a cold December day in 2010. (It was December 16 to be exact.) I was lucky enough to find a sunbeam to nap in and I fell into a deep sleep dreaming about making it out of the projects (like I heard so many people talk about.) The next thing I remember is a pair of human hands grabbing me up and taking me outside. I meowed and meowed to go back inside, but the human wasn’t very nice and I ended up in the dumpster. Some nice humans found me and took me to the shelter. And then I was rescued!
Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Oh sure! I started to keep a diary after I ended up in the shelter, and I kept writing in it for over a year. (My last entry is my first Adoptaversary!) I wrote all about being scared in the shelter, how sick I got after I caught a cold, and what it was like to be rescued and have a forever home. I also wrote a lot about Lexy and me and our experiences learning to get along. I decided to turn my diary into a book to share my story with the world. because I wanted to help bring attention to abandoned and forgotten animals, and to encourage humans to treat animals with respect and love (and of course to adopt a shelter pet!) One of the things I LOVE about my book is that I share stories of other rescued pets (many of who are my Facebook friends) and how they made a difference in their family’s lives
Cat to cat, do you have any favourite treats, toys, or napping spots?
My favorite treats are Temptations. I only like crunchy treats, not soft ones. My favorite toys are the Cat’s Meow, my shoelace (I love strings!), and any interactive toy I can use with Mommy. I always nap on Mom’s pillow during the day, or on the back of the recliner by the window. When Mom is home I watch TV with her on the arm of the couch.
What can you tell us about your upcoming adventures?
Well, without giving too much away, let’s just say our Mom is going away and we will be unsupervised most of the day. With plenty of catnip to share!
What do you hope people take away from your story?
I want to bring attention to what can happen to abandoned and forgotten animals, and to encourage humans to treat animals with respect, dignity and love (and of course to adopt a shelter pet!) Animals have feelings, too. I also want people to know how much love and happiness a rescued pet can bring into their lives.
Is there anything else you want people to know?
I’d like to let people know that they can find my book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online book sellers. Or they can order a personally pawtographed copy from our blog. Ten percent of our profits are donated to shelters and rescues.
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