Lucky Cat, Lucky Me

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 3:00pm
Black cat with green eyes sitting on sink

Fifteen years ago, Brian and Karen adopted a cat from the ASPCA Adoption Center. Glad to have saved the cat’s life, the new parents named him Lucky. Little did they know, they were the lucky ones. Here is their story, as told by Brian:

In April 1998, we fell in love with a young, black male cat at the ASPCA Adoption Center. He was named Tobias at the time, but we renamed him Lucky—because we thought he was lucky to have found his forever home. It soon became apparent that we were equally lucky to have his loving companionship.

He was the sweetest kitty, with a shy but curious disposition. His favorite activity was drinking drippy-water from the faucet. He also liked to walk outside in the snow, not, I think, normal cat behavior! After 15 wonderful years together, Lucky passed away last week.

I thank the ASPCA from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to Lucky. As a token of my appreciation, I have made a Memorial Gift to the ASPCA in his name. To bring me peace over the loss of my beloved Lucky, I am drawn to a quote attributed to Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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Dear Brian and Karen, My sincerest condolences over the loss of your absolutely gorgeous and sweet Lucky. You were, indeed, very lucky to have come into each other's life. Your gesture to help other animals in need is the best way to honor your undying love for Lucky.
Thank you for the lovely quote. It helps at times of pet sorrow.


Extending my condolences on the loss of your beautiful friend. He no doubt knew every day just how lucky he was to be with you both. Having lived with my handsome, moody, affectionate and always surprising black male cat (and his mother) from his birth to his 20th birthday, I understand the depths of your friendship and loss. You have made your dear one's life even more meaningful with your generous and kind remembrance.


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