George, 3 yrs. old - Found in the middle of a busy street in Brooklyn.  An Access-A-Ride driver nearly ran him over.  I thought I had found him a good home two different times.  Unfortunately, both prospects changed their minds.  As such, George has come to stay.  :-)

Gracie, 7 yrs. old - I stumbled upon Gracie in the woods of Pennsylvania.  It seems that her previous owners decided to move to Florida and did not want to take her along.  They assumed that since they lived in the woods there would be plenty of chipmunks for Gracie to eat so, they left her behind  Did I mention that they had her declawed?  Yeah, so now she not only couldn't catch any prey to eat, she would become prey because she wasn't able to climb trees to escape!  Gracie now lives a perfectly pampered life in Brooklyn.
Catty-Catty, 7 yrs. old - My little boy found her while we were walking on a very busy avenue.  He kept pointing to something and because I was in such a hurry, I kept trying to pull him along.  I thought he was just pointing out the pretty wild flowers growing near a fence.  I soon realized he was pointing to a tiny kitten whose head had become trapped in the fence.  Thankfully, I managed to free her.  When I asked my son what we should name her he said "Catty-Catty".  When Catty-Catty's blood work came back from the vet it seemed that she was FIV positive.  Unable to find a loving home to take her in because of the FIV status, she came to live with us.
Lucy, 5 yrs. old - Went through 4 homes in less than a 1 1/2 years.  Poor baby was skittish when I got her, nipped at people and was afraid of men.  She had separation anxiety (who could blame her) and did pee-pee every time I left the house.  I am happy to say that she has settled in nicely and loves us all.  She is great with the kids, is no longer afraid of my husband and is generally accepting to strangers.  She is a very sweet girl with a gentle spirit and loving eyes.

Tarot, 15 yrs. old - about 14 years ago one of my close friends nearly ran over a cat.  As she got out of the car to check on him, she prayed that he was alright.  Miraculously, he was not hurt at all.  He was sitting by the corner garbage can looking up at her.  He meowed to her and went willingly in her car.  She brought him by my house and I took one look at his beautiful, long orange fur and took him to live with me.  He is still meowing and is so vocal that he drives me crazy!!  (But, I love him!)

Charlie, 16 yrs. old - Born with a virus that caused him to become partially blind.  He is my sweet, sweet boy and I love him dearly.  He is really starting to show signs of aging (he misses the litter box more often that not) and I hate to watch him get so old.  But, he is happy and still manages to "kill" a few stuffed animals per week.  He happily brings me his "kills" so that I can praise him and give him yummy treats.

Nikko, (1992 - 2007) - My buddy.  My baby.  The sweetest dog ever.  He gave me 15 years of unconditional love.  I am crying right now just looking at his picture.  I know he is waiting for me over the rainbow bridge.  I love you my friend.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....