Adoptable Cutie: Voytek (and Friends)


I was (somewhat) recently contacted by a student at the University of Warsaw. Her thesis was exactly what, if nay, relations there are between “Poles” and “Americans” (which I am guessing is a polite way of saying “hipster”/”newcomer”) here. This weekend Ewa (an incredibly nice and thoughtful woman) asked me some follow-up questions. Answer them this morning I did. At length and exhaustive detail.  Thus I had Polish history/culture on the brain when I swung by North Brooklyn Cat’s adoption event this afternoon. As serendipity would have it, one of my fellow Greenpointers/cat ladies, Eva, was naming a new batch of kittens just pulled from a kill shelter. She was assigning them Polish names. I recommended “Voytek”. She had no idea who this fellow was, so I gave her the good news.

voytek3badassoftheweek The image at left (as gleaned from Badass Of The Week) says it all: a bear toting an artillery shell. You see, Voytek (an anglicized translation of Wojtek, which means “he who enjoys war” or “smiling warrior” had a very interesting life.

Very, VERY simply put, during World War II Polish troops, despite Nazi occupation, continued to fight. thatsprivateVoytektoyouOne such company did under the British. And it was in Iran that they made Voytek’s acquaintance. A child bore a bag with a sickly bear cub. They traded food rations in exchange for this furry fella. What followed was truly epic. “Voytek” not only became their “mascot” but when told they could not take a bear with them to fight at Monte Cassino, they made Voytek a private. Problem solved!

For this, he rewarded his “people” by carrying artillery shells. Hence why he is immortalized carrying one. Would, should, the Voytek “The Adoptable Cutie”  be trusted to such task? No. But I suspect if given the chance and human kindness Voytek will protect your home against all manner and variety of post-Communist infiltrators be they:

  • Dustbunnies
  • Bizzy balls
  • Catnip (it is this, not religion, that is the opiate of the kittens)

To see how Voytek and his many equally awesome furry friends in need of forever homes are faring click here.

New York Shitty Adoptable Cutie Du Jour: Looking For Trouble?

If so, Kevin may very well be your guy!

Do not let this innocent “adopt me face” fool you: this feisty feline is capable of all manner and variety of winsome mischief— and when he isn’t Kevin’s simply resting up for more shenanigans— as I learned at the North Brooklyn Cats adoption event today at Muddy Paws. Enjoy!

Those of you seeking a more mellow companionshould meet “Macaroni”:

This sweet fellow loves to be loved. Today he quietly laid in the lap of one lady visitor for 20 minutes. As you can see from the above image he does not like living in a cage. He wants a lap to call his own— maybe yours? You can learn more about Kevin, Macaroni and their equally adorable (and adoptable) friends by checking out North Brooklyn Cat’s Petfinder page. Check it out!

SUNDAY: Cat & Kitten Adoption Event At Muddy Paws

Adoptions Again and Forever

It’s been a long time since I have given these events a mention. Today I got a swift reminder in the way of the following little guy dwelling in my photo pool! While not quite ready for adoption yet, he will be at Muddy Paws on Sunday. To give you a taste of what you are in for, gentle readers, I present for your viewing pleasure the following video of “Stripey”. WARNING/CAVEAT: the following footage is incredibly, mind-numbingly cute!

North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event
October 16, 2011 starting at 2:00 p.m.
Muddy Paws
447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

New York Shitty Day Ender: M Is For Mighty

M is for Mighty

Mighty & Steph

As many of you are undoubtedly aware, yours truly is rather fond of cats. So you can imagine my delight when I spied these images on my friend orangegenius’s Flickr page. “Mighty” (as he is called) is three weeks old and was found alone in the courtyard of an apartment building in East New York. Orangegenius and the above lass, Stephanie, are taking turns bottle feeding him (which has to be done every three hours). Consequently, this little fellow has become quite the subway savvy New Yorker! Orangegenius opines:

Mighty is quite the straphanger. So far, he has ridden the L, G, E, F, M, Q, R, 4, 5 and 6 subway lines. He has also taken the B24, B43 and Q54 buses. He liked the M because we took him out of his shoebox and he got to look around and be fussed over.

Prison Blues

Mighty Lounging

I have been told that while not quite ready for adoption just yet Mr. Mighty will be at this weekend’s adoption event at Muddy Paws! Why not swing by and say “Hi”?

Mighty Does Muddy Paws (North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event)
Sunday June 12th  from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Muddy Paws
447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

You can view orangegenius’s full photo set of Mighty by clicking here!

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Photo Pool: Black & White

Vegan Bake Sale! Saturday 4/23!

This item comes courtesy of one of my favorite cat ladies, Lisacat, who will be having a vegan bake sale at Natural Vitamins this upcoming Saturday! You can get the details by clicking here.

Miss Heather

Adoptable Cutie Cavalcade!

Last week was quite a lively one for yours truly— and not exactly in a good way. For this reason I decided to get a little kitten therapy at North Brooklyn Cats’s adoption event at Muddy Paws. Now only did I get my “cute fix”, but I also shot footage of some kittens who would very much like a home. Maybe yours? Without further ado here they are!

The Celestial Kittens

This trio was found in a plastic bag near the Cloisters and turned over to Animal Care and Control. My friend (and cat mom extraordinaire), Lisa, sprung them loose and is nursing them back to health. Although it will be some time before Sky, Heaven and Angel will be old enough for adoption, I cannot resist sharing the above footage. WARNING/CAVEAT: be prepared for heart-wrenching cuteness!

Bubbles & Friends

I did not get the names of all these little ones but above chap is named “Bubbles”. He appears to be the most subdued of the lot— as you will soon see. Enjoy!

North Brooklyn Cats has a number of other cats and kittens eagerly awaiting homes. You can see a few of them by checking out their page on Adopt-a-Pet’s web site. You can view more pictures of the Celestial kittens (including more live footage) by clicking here. In closing, anyone interested in giving any of these fetching felines a home can contact (and “like”) North Brooklyn Cats via their Facebook page which can be found here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: New Year’s Fur

January 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken January 1, 2011.

Miss Heather

P.S.: This post goes out to Shawn of North Brooklyn Cats. An organization which has rescued a lot of furkids in need. Today is her birthday.

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Nora Likes Cake

Yesterday I swung by Muddy Paws to meet the latest batch of adoptable cuties North Brooklyn Cats has to offer. There were some real stunners. Including this beauty named Nora. This little lass found my pumpkin cake of particular interest— and I could not bring myself to deny her a taste. Enjoy!

You can learn more about Nora by clicking here.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Video Du Jour: Meeting Nemo & More About The Huron Street Kittens

As I mentioned last week, a couple of my favorite north Brooklyn cat ladies (including the woman who is taking care of the Huron Street kittens) conducted an adoption event at Muddy Paws yesterday. I made it clear I planned to swing by. My purpose for doing so was twofold:

  1. The get the latest news on the Huron Street kittens
  2. To meet Nemo

I am pleased to report that the Huron Street Kittens are faring well! Lisa is still treating their eye infections (which is understandable) but they are eating on their own and, despite their humble and less than auspicious entrance in this world, are proving to be gourmands. They are thumbing their respective and very cute noses at dry food (which is less expensive), but are consuming wet food with gusto. Lisa also told me that after initially being leery of human contact (can you blame them?) they are learning to trust her. I for one think this is a terrific development. When the time and opportunity affords Lisa has promised me more pictures of these little ones. You can rest assured I will post them on New York Shitty.

As for point #2: yesterday afternoon I— at long last— made the acquaintance of another Greenpoint cutie. Nemo.

This winsome (and very inquisitive) guy hails from Russell Street and for reasons that are unclear became separated from his mother and litter mates at the tender age of one week. That is when he found his way into Lisa’s care. He has proven to be quite the early-adopter: not only is he eating wet food at four weeks but is also a stone cold killer. At least inasmuch as a two pound kitten can be as you will see. Enjoy!

Anyone interested in giving this amazing little guy a home should contact his foster/bottle mom Lisa at: lisavallez (at) gmail (dot) com. NOTE/CAVEAT: there is an adoption fee and application process. Landlord approval is mandatory.

Miss Heather

P.S.: As for the identity of the good Samaritan who stepped forward and took the Huron Street kittens home. I met her last week. She is a truly amazing woman— could you possibly expect anything less? Her are a few facts about her:

  1. She was born and raised in San Francisco.
  2. She has lived in Greenpoint for one month (who says all noobs don’t care!). Prior to that she lived in Harlem.
  3. She likes Sidecars and Old Fashioneds. This impressed the Mister TREMENDOUSLY.
  4. She is a dancer who has worked in performance pieces by the renowned artist Mike Kelley.
  5. She is a yoga teacher at Greenpoint’s very own Good Yoga.
  6. She recently had a birthday.

The latter most became the object of some suspicion to her manager when she failed to arrive to work on time that fateful day. Her boss lady, Flannery, writes:

…She was on her way to teach a 7 am meditation class when I received a text telling me she was going to be late because she found some kittens in the road.

I’m embarrassed to say that it did occur to me that perhaps she was just running late and feeding me a line that she thought I might swallow with greater ease than “I’m late because I overslept after my birthday weekend bacchanal,” but either way I didn’t mind. No harm, no foul. We’ve all been there. But when she came to class and told us the story of kitten saving, and later that night at her dance class when she told us about the loss of one of the kittens, it was clear that she really was the right girl in the right place and the right time.

We hear about people’s misdeeds so often, that I hope you might take a moment to highlight her beautiful act…

Done! Without further ado here is our mystery woman. If any of you happen see her during your Greenpoint ramblings, dear readers, please welcome Sarita to the neighborhood. She’s a keeper!

TOMORROW: Two Cat & Kitten Adoption Events

Before I call it a day I want to pass along a couple of adoption events scheduled for tomorrow, March 28. Without further ado here they are in short order!

First up, Empty Cages Collective will be having an adoption event at NYC Pet starting at noon and running until 5:00 p.m.

Empty Cages Collective Cat & Kitten Adoption Event
March 28, 2010; 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.

241 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Secondly, the ladies of North Brooklyn Cats will be hosting at Muddy Paws starting at 2:00 p.m.

North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event
March 28, 2010 starting at 2:00 p.m.
Muddy Paws
447 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Check ’em out!

Miss Heather

P.S.: The above black and white ball of cuteness are five kittens, “The Manhattan Specials”, which were recently rescued from the Center for Animal Care and Control by Lisacat.

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