Meet Lurch! A note from Lurch’s family:  One day in New York, while I was in graduate school, my former partner and I were walking out of the apartment when my partner stopped and gasped. I looked and saw Lurch standing there. It turns out that my former partner’s roommate was taking care of Lurch while Lurch’s original parents figured out what they were doing after a breakup. This is how I first met him.  We became companions after I found out that Lurch’s original parents were going to put him down and my former partner’s roommate was allergic so they couldn’t keep him. At this point,Read More →

We adopted Joojeh from Family Dog Rescue in SF in Jan 2016. In just over a year, he’s become an inseparable part of our family and has traveled with us all over California and the rest of the country. Joojeh loves cats (like his sister Pru), treats, and checking out new places, but he’s still figuring out how to play with other dogs and doesn’t understand why vacuums and trucks have to be so loud and scary. He’s very excited to be Critter of the Month! You can follow along with all of Joojeh’s fun adventures @sirjoojalot on Instagram.Read More →

Meet Mimzy! The Mimzy origin story begins in a cold Dallas suburb in November of 2006. Her previous owners had abandoned her when they moved to a different state, leaving her to fend for herself on the mean Texas streets. Despite not being “cat people,” my in-laws brought her into their home, where she became the unwilling roommate of three smelly beagles. When my husband and I visited his parents over Christmas, we met Mimzy and instantly fell in love. Her bright blue, slightly-crossed eyes and sweet demeanor warmed our hearts. It didn’t take long for us to decide that she would be much happierRead More →

Meet Eagle! Eagle was born May 2012 and quickly found his way to the Oakland Animal Shelter. We were looking to adopt a new cat to start 2013, and we made the decision to adopt a black cat because we knew how much more difficult it was for them to find a home. It was love at first sight as we played with him, and the shelter staff was thrilled that he was finally adopted after many long months of waiting. Eagle quickly made an impression on our other cats, and his endless energy has always kept things interesting! Whether it’s running through the apartmentRead More →

Meet Cashew! We first met Cashew at an adoption event for the Stonecliff rescue group where he was the most snuggly, best behaved puppy we’d ever met. We marvel daily at how much we love him, and how much goofy entertainment and joy he brings to our lives. He loves nothing more than ball, but treats and hikes are a close second. His biggest fear are the hellbeasts known as city buses with their loud, large, terrifying drive-bys.Read More →

Meet Rufus! When Rufus was about two months old he was rescued by an amazingly awesome Berkeley Police Department Officer during an arrest of his then owner. The Officer turned Rufus over to the Berkeley Animal Shelter, which is when he came to my attention. I had never seriously thought about adopting a cat, but something about his face and his story compelled me to visit him. When I did, there was no going back. When the Officer saw him, she realized there was something special about him… and something different about his tail. Unlike most cats, Rufus has a twisty, short, stubby tail: RufusRead More →