An Abandoned Dog’s New Owner Posts Touching Craigslist Ad

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Cathy is now blessed with a loving home, a warm bed, and a family that deeply cares for her. A dramatic contrast to her life before being rescued. Photo via Craigslist.
Cathy is now blessed with a loving home, a warm bed, and a family that deeply cares for her. A dramatic contrast to her life before being rescued. Photo via Craigslist.

Sadly, the popular classified ads website, Craigslist’s “Pets” section is typically overflowing with ads of puppies and dogs for sale, the innocent victims of backyard breeding, free-to-a-good-home dogs that will often end up in the hands of abusers, and the occasional well-meaning pet owner sincerely looking for a good home for a pet they must, for a variety of reasons that to many of us seem absurd, rehome.

But, last week, one dog owner took to Craigslist to write an open letter to the previous owner of a dog she’d rescued 3 years ago.

Cathy, a 12-year old pit bull, had been abandoned in a New York apartment when her owner was evicted. The signs of years of abuse and over-breeding were evident, the years of neglect showing on her lopsided, but gentle, old face.

Here is Cathy’s story, as posted to Craigslist:

On Feb 9th 2011, you were evicted from an apartment at 20 Catherine St and your old red pit bull was seized by animal control and taken to the kill shelter. She was really skinny and had bad skin infections, and had been bred A LOT. She’d even had a Caesarian, judging by the scar. They said at the kill shelter she was 12 years old. She also had a lopsided face and it looked like there were a few cigarette burns on her head/ears.

The sweet, gentle girl, believed to be about 15 years old, is full of life! Photo via Craigslist.
The sweet, gentle girl, believed to be about 15 years old, is full of life! Photo via Craigslist.

I figure you were having a pretty bad time of it, since you were being evicted. I hope things have gotten better for you in the intervening years. Although it’s unlikely you’ll ever see this note, I just wanted you to know that I have your dog and she is doing great.

The AC named her Cathy, for Catherine Street. She was held for cruelty investigation (she was REALLY skinny) then immediately put on the kill list, which is the sort of irony that happens at Animal Care & Control every day. I like old dogs and I loved Cathy’s little lopsided face. A rescue pulled her for me and sent her north.

She gained weight and recovered from her skin issues. Her coat shines now and you can’t see the little round cigarette burn marks any more. We spayed her (her hormones were really out of whack from all the litters she had). She has been wonderful with my young daughter, and our other two dogs. And it turns out she loves to swim! She loves fetch too. If she really was 12 back in 2011, that would make her 15 now but I doubt that as she still will go on long hikes with me, and swim and retrieve balls from the bay until she can barely stand… even though, yes, her face is turning white. She is truly an ambassador for her breed, even people who don’t like pits will stop and pat her as she happily wags her tail. She loves to sleep in sunbeams, and is so happy to go on walks or swims she just wags her tail with every step.

Cathy now spends her days sleeping in sunbeams, swimming, and fetching. Photo via Craigslist.
Cathy now spends her days sleeping in sunbeams, swimming, and fetching. Photo via Craigslist.

She is sleeping next to me as I type this, grunting with joy. In fact, she sleeps on my bed every night. Your dog is an awesome dog. We love her so much. The past three years we’ve had with her have brought us (and her) so much happiness.

If you do see this, we’d love to know how old she is, and what your name for her was. Also please say a prayer for her, as soon she is going to have mammary surgery to remove some small lumps… unfortunately not spaying a dog and breeding her a lot means she is very likely to get mammary cancer, and Cathy has it. Luckily my vet caught it early, so I am hoping Cathy can spend many more happy years with us. She really is the best dog.

P.S. you can’t have her back.

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56 COMMENTS

  1. Hooray for you! There is nothing better than the love of a rescue pup. The look in their eyes that s says thank you for loving me. The warmth of their hearts for just loving them and letting them know that they too are special souls. It makes me so sad to see the stories of abuse to animals of all kinds. I have two senior dogs now. One is going to go to the Rainbow Bride soon due to bone cancer but everyday I look into the beautiful eyes of the pup I took at four months old that had, had 3 or 4 previous owners before me because she was a big (Mastiff Mix)clumsy pup that wet on the floor and people couldn’t be bothered by her. I truly believe that all dogs are special but those that are rescued rescue you. Good luck Cathy. Wishing you many more years of chasing the ball.

  2. Thank you….I am praying for Cathy. Your blessings are not of this earth but you will be remembered. All are God’s creations. Thank you!

  3. There should be more compassionate and loving people in the world like you. You have given Cathy a new life to live. God bless you and your family and Cathy too!!!!

  4. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…..I have a rescue Westie who just brings me so much joy and gives me so much pleasure. I wish everyone could experience the unconditional love a pet gives you.

  5. God bless you.A few years back our beloved Bob ( he’s a beautiful tiger cat with bue eyes and a bobtail)rescued us. he came from a neglectful backround. b
    One nite we found him lying on our porch wounded by an obvious tangle with another animal.We had to take him to a vet and he became ours after that.Bob has brought us so much joy over the years, but he is sick now and there is sadly little time left.He is the best boy ever and I would do it all over agin.

  6. Thanks to these wonderful people who love dogs, old dogs, save dogs, take good care of dogs, get dogs out of kill shelters and so on! Fingers crossed for the surgery, good thing that the Doc got it at the beginning, wish you many years of long hikes and walks! Please keep on spreading love in this Planet, there’s no other reason we’re here for! Much love from Rome, Pat

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