Meet Our Cats
We have 9 cats of our own. Yes... we know that's a lot. Shit happens and they make us happy. They are all wonderful in their own way and each has their own unique rescue story. In order of adoption:
PRINCESS was found in the Bronx in October 2011 when Louis worked on Zerega Ave. She was friendly and let her people feed and pick her up. On the way over the Whitestone Bridge she escaped the box she was in, climbed over the seat, and decided to sit on Louis' arm (mid-way over the bridge)!
ZELDA was found across the street from the parking entrance to the Sky View mall in Downtown Flushing in August of 2014. To us, she was the first for many things. Our first young kitten under 8 weeks old. And our first experience with ringworm... :-\
LINK was living in our backyard, before we began TNR, and was caught in February of 2015. He was the oldest kitten we have ever caught, at about 3 months old, and socializing him took time. He has come a long way.
BLUE was the only male kitten in our first rescued litter, the Raptor Squad, born in April 2016. After watching them grow, Blue made his way into our home and became cat #4.
FLOOF was 3+ months old when he was found by locals in College Point, NY in November of 2016. They were not able to keep him and posted a blurry picture of him on the College Point Facebook community where it was spotted by TNR Utopia. Once we realized this little boy was a fluffy it quickly became apparent that he wasn't going anywhere.
DELTA is Blue's sister, one of the three girls in the Raptor Squad litter. She returned to TNR Utopia after her adopter suffered from bad allergies. Since she was already older we quickly integrated her into our home while she remained "up for adoption". A few months later we removed her from our adoption page. Delta was here to say as cat #6.
JASPER came to TNR Utopia on March 27, 2018 with his sister. He was 6.5 years old at the time and needed our help in finding a new forever home. Jasper is a super smart cat who does what he wants. He will nip if you pet him in the wrong place or if you don't open his can of cat food fast enough. And touching his paws to cut his nails, forget about it! After being avaiable for adoption for 650 days Jasper finally found someone to give him a chance. We cried and cried as we had come to love Jasper and had even integrated Jasper into our home. Unfortunately Jasper was returned to TNR Utopia 6 weeks later. It was clear that Jasper's place was with us. In January 2020 Louis signed the adoption contract and Jasper became #7.
Instagram: @jaspers.way, @lotito_cat_squad
ZIGGY was rescued by @nycpetnanny in May 2020 as a very young kitten during the hight of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was not doing well and needed intensive supportive care. We were all home and had the time so Michelle took on the challenge. The bond between Ziggy and Michelle only continued to grow making him #8.
STUBBY used to be on this webpage as our outdoor community cat. We TNR'd him in May of 2016 and he was super feral! Over the years, as we cared for him in our backyard, he slowly began socializing. On Thursday, December 9, 2021 Stubby decided it was time to move inside. He had lost a lot of weight over the past year and we knew something was up. Stubby has pancreatitis and is diabetic, both of which we are now managing. As of January 27, 2022 Stubby has gained 2 pounds, up to 9.5 from 7.6. He’s starting to look like our big boy again. Yay STUBBY!