ASPCA Happy Tail

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:45am

When Autumn Giles and her boyfriend visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City in search of a feline friend, they found a perfect match in a beautiful gray kitty named Christopher. They soon renamed him Butternut. Giles shared the following story with us:

My boyfriend and I had been talking about getting a cat for a while, and it finally felt like the right time! Getting a cat via adoption was really the only option. As the woman who showed us around the Adoption Center observed, Christopher chose us!

Going into it, I thought I wanted to adopt a fluffy cat because I had very fond memories of a long-haired cat that I had as a kid. Christopher is not super-fluffy, but when we met him we knew almost right away that he was ours—and he was immediately so affectionate! He gave us head butts and licks within seconds of meeting us.

After bringing him home, we discovered Christopher had an allergic reaction to something in his food. The folks at the ASPCA were very helpful in getting him well again. In a strange way, having this experience with Christopher made me feel like he was even more of a match for our home because I can't eat gluten and am lactose intolerant, so he and I have special diets in common.

He's doing much better and getting increasingly comfortable in our apartment. I love waking up in the middle of the night to find him in the windowsill. I know he's just a cat, but it feels like he's watching out for us! We can't get over how much love he has to give. Even when he wasn't feeling well, he's was still so affectionate. We're so happy he's in our lives.

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Laura Todd

I'm so happy for Butternut & his new family. I love all cats, but to me there is something special about gray cats. I had a wonderful gray striped cat, Henry, when we lived in KY. Everytime I see a a gray cat I get a bit happier. Congrats to all!


Yay for Butternut! Congrats to you two (well, 3 hehe). Love it :-)


Never underestimate how wonderful a PET can be. They are so full of LOVE. One of my pets saved my LIFE and then she died. I miss her so. And she was also " just a Cat".


What a wonderful story! Wish all people were as loving as you both. Congrats on your new family member :o)


He's a really good looking cat! I can see how he could steal your heart.

Katie Arquette

Beautiful ending for your kitty!!! :) Super happy that you guys found each other! :)


I was volunteering at the ASPCA and if Butternut is the Christopher that I knew he must be so incredibly happy to have an apartment to roam around in. He hated going into his 'kitty condo' so much so that he didn't get taken out much (it was too hard to put him back in). I'm so glad to hear that he has the love (and space) he so richly deserves. The cat I knew was a very good looking lanky grey cat. And now it seems he's a happy cat! Lucky Butternut :)


I'm glad Butternut has found a loving home BUT there is no such thing as "just a cat"!

Robyn Reichert

So glad you chose to save a life, many happy years ahead to you and your boyfriend aand Butternut!!!!!!!


Some years ago I put all of my animals on a raw food diet, and
they have absolutely amazing health. I wanted to encourage you
to look into that for your pets. It's how animals are supposed to
eat. They don't hunt for grain in the wild, they hunt for muscle meat, organs, blood and bones. I know it sounds wild, but since
my animals have been eating this way, their health has improved
and people are amazed at how good they look for their age.