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10 Seconds to Save a Cat: Story of Divine Timing

10 Seconds to Save a Cat: Story of Divine Timing

Written by Doreen Tumminia  of North Carolina

My day started out as it always does. I got on my computer and looked at the Craigslist classified listing for pets. I always feel so bad when I see all the pets that people have to rehome. My cat Mista, who I had for 17 years, recently passed away and I was looking for a cat that looked like him. I was looking and looking and looking and finally I saw a cat that was up for adoption through a rescue organization but was scheduled to be euthanized that very day.

I immediately emailed them and told them that I wanted to adopt the cat. I just had to have that cat.  She looked just like my Mista who passed away.

At this point the cat was at the pound and the rescue group said that they would call and hopefully they would not be too late. Well low and behold, the cat was on the table just about to be euthanized.  They actually took her off the table where she was about to take her last breath.

I was at work when my husband called me and said, “Your package arrived!”  The rescue group had driven the cat from the shelter in Manhattan to Staten Island, NY where I lived at the time. When I got home, I named her Destiny. She is a great cat and my heart feels so good that I helped her.

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3:15PM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thank you. Stories like this help me not drown in despair.

2:06AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

beautiful! thanks for sharing.......just cant stop smiling ;)

4:42AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Another beautiful story of generosity and love for our most devoted 3 adopted babies are the ones that always give me the unconditional love that makes the worst day worthwhile. Thank you to everyone that finds a special home in their lives for a friend like Destiny :-)

2:18PM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Angels everywhere. Destiny sure has a good future especially with that name.

3:52PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

I received My two irreplaceable babies from a Craigslist ad in 2008. A woman who bred her "papered" Persian was upset the cat snuck out one night & bred with a Siamese. The resulting litter could not be sold, so she placed an ad saying "If I cannot find homes for these kittens, they go to GA's Spalding County "animal shelter". This is a "shelter" which is highly overpopulated & notorious for mass killings & eager use of gas chambers to "euthanize". In the photo, I saw that the kittens were being kept in a metal cage, outdoors in August!!! I wish I were kidding. I hauled @ss 60 miles to get them. Instead of getting 1 kitten as planned, I took the 2 females of the litter. The baby girls were named before I left her yard. They joined Leo, a Maine Coon I rescued from the county animal control.
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3:25PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Yay! Happy ending! Destiny was saved from being another statistic like the millions of other sweet animals whose lives end in murder and then being unceremoniously disposed of in a trash barrel. Thanks for all the people who turn to rescue groups and shelters for a pet!

11:05AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Always love happy endings! Hope your family has a wonderful life with Destiny. You're bound too's DESTINY!

10:56PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

why any rescue group would schedule to have an animal killed is beyond me.... glad to read that Destiny was saved & will live out a happy life!

4:52AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Destiny is one lucky girl!

9:26AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Thanks for nice story with happy end :))

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