Nubbins and His Bird Buddy Pose for 2014 Calendar

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:15pm
Green parakeet sits on white cat friend's back

When Nubbins the cat was found, he was emaciated, riddled with birdshot, and had tumors hanging from both of his ears. But the minute he was removed from his carrier by his rescuers, he started purring. He knew he was finally safe; relief was here at last.

Dr. Patricia Wagner, a veterinarian at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, performed surgery on the sweet feline and fell in love with his kind demeanor. Soon after, Nubbins joined Dr. Wagner’s household. He is incredibly grateful for his second chance and gets along swimmingly with the family’s resident parakeet.

In fact, kitty and bird are stars of the 2014 ASPCA calendar. Check out this adorable behind-the-scenes video of Nubbins sitting for his photo shoot.

Have you received your 2014 calendar? Want another one for friends or family? (They make great gifts!) Make a small donation to the ASPCA, and we’ll send you our 2014 calendar today. Thank you, as always, for your support. It makes stories like Nubbins’ possible.

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Esther L. Fetterhoff

Nubbins is so beautiful, inside and out. Dr. Wagner, I personally want to thank you for being so generous, loving and caring with our beautiful animals. I believe that nothing should suffer and animals deserve quality life in this world. His gentleness and loving nature with his bird friend is incredible. May you have a wonderful companionship that lasts with Nubbins. Appreciate you sharing, looking forward to the calendar. God Bless you and yours.


There are angels on this earth of ours....just saw 3 on this video! Thank you!


Nubbins I so adore able. Thank you for blessing nubbins. I have three if rescued myself.

Laura Demilio

I cried seeing this, it was so sweet and beautiful! What a kind lady you are, and dear Nubbins and his little budgie-Buddy parakeet are so lucky to have you.

I'm still weeping. I wish they could lock up the people who even THINK about being cruel to animals -- maybe that sounds outrageous, but abusers just aren't punished enough for hurting these precious creatures. They'd really think twice about throwing rocks at and shooting BB guns toward cats and dogs "for fun" if they got at the very least a mandatory 20 year sentence for animal cruelty, with NO exceptions. Prison isn't going to hurt them. They're already monsters.


What a laid back cat. Mine is such a hectic monster, to see this beautiful cat so calm and gentle and grateful. Just look at the love in his eyes. Thank you Dr Wagner for taking him into your lovely home.

Susan Fernandez

Awww ... sweet, sweet Nubbins, may you only know love and peace the rest of your nine kitty lives!


This reminded me of my first rescue... 25 years ago, I was renting a tiny bungalow a few miles out of downtown L.A., when a stray dog decided to join me. She was starving! She was afraid! She had parvo virus! She was a pit bull! I took her to the local vet and was told by one of the workers, that this same dog was living outside of her home about a half mile from my own. I could not put this dog down! Contrary to what some believe, pit bulls could be the most loving dogs. This dog, survived parvo!!!! She was friendly with others and every dog that I had ever rescued or met at a dog park. She survived cancer 10 years later! She lived to be over 14 years old and one person who never had any desire to be near this dog, is now buried with the urn containing this dog's ashes. My dad! After meeting and taking this dog into his heart, even he fell in love with her! It's amazing what love can do!

Mrs. Lisa Dunstan

I don't have any first hand experience with cats and birds. But, I had a Scottish Fold cat that I adopted for our local shelter here back in 1989. Her name was Snuggles and she lived with me for 15 wonderful years, passing at the estimated age of 20. For some of the time we had her, my husband and I also had white rats. She would play with them whenever they were out of their cage. She was very gentle with them and often would go "nose to nose" with them.


God bless you, Dr. Wagner. Like every animals on this planet, Nubbins is very special and precious and deserves a loving home and family like yours.

Doreen Dougan

That video was the best. what a great kitty and what a great Dr. for saving him. I know the appreciation a cat can give and she will get many doses of love from him forever.....