Yesterday was my one-year cat-iversary. A year ago I succumbed to peer pressure and adopted Oz, a little salt-and-peppery tabby cat who had been found darting in and out of a dumpster in Oregon, foraging for food for herself and the five baby kittens in her belly. She was rescued by a Good Samaritan and brought to Animal Talk Rescue in Seattle, where she gave birth a week later in a foster home. All of the kittens were adopted and Oz was returned to live at ATR until the day she met me!
The rest is basically history. Her name has evolved into Mozel (Moz for short) and she loves to play with her toy mice and sparkle poms, have her neck scratched, chase a silver metal ball chain around on my bed, hide under blankets and pillows when chasing her feather toy, and gallop around the apartment. She also likes to try and escape when she is stressed out, which in turn stresses ME out and reminds me why I was apprehensive about getting an animal in the first place. But ultimately, we are well-matched.
My transition into becoming a cat-lady is NOT what I wanted this post to be about. Instead, I wanted to share about what a great organization Animal Talk Rescue is and how if you’re in the market for a kitten or an adult cat, this should be the first place you go.
ATR is a no-kill, nonprofit rescue shelter that primarily serves cats and kittens but also taken in other abused, neglected or abandoned animals like dogs and puppies and reptiles. In fact, it was the reptiles that led me to Animal Talk Rescue in the first place, as it’s where my upstairs neighbor gets crickets for the scary lizards she has in her apartment. ATR’s mission is “to end the plight and suffering of homeless, neglected and abused companion animals, and to educate the public about the benefits of spaying and neutering.”
ATR started as a pet shop and then was turned into a rescue, and has been operating as both for the past 12 years. They use foster families to care for the litters of kittens that are found (abandoned on the side of the road – people are just THE WORST) and they take care of them until they’re ready for adoption. They also place a special emphasis on adopting “less-adoptable cats” – those who are a bit older or shyer – and they often run specials on their adoption fees to find these cats a good home!
When I went into adopt, I took a look around at all the kitties and then a staff member at Animal Talk Rescue asked me what I was looking for. I said I wanted a social cat who wouldn’t run and hide each time someone new came to my apartment. They immediately suggested Mozel, and when they brought her out of her room, she immediately stretched out and reached for me. She knew she belonged with me even before I did! The staff was so excited for me and I’ve made sure to always go back to ATR and give them updates on how she is doing. Mozel is also one of their models! A professional photographer captured the great picture of her (above) which now sits on the front page of their website. I turned the photo into a personalized pack of Jones Sodas and brought them one for the holidays.
Animal Talk Rescue is one of those places that I feel really good about shopping every time I go. The staff and volunteers are very passionate about the rescue and committed to getting to know the animals and placing them with the right people. It’s a one-stop shop for both finding yourself a new pet AND everything you need to take care of it — so stop by ATR next time you’re in the Roosevelt/Ravenna/University District area and maybe you’ll be able to provide a good home for one of their animals!