Craigslist Shocker: “3 Years Ago You Were Evicted and I Have Your Dog”

A New York adopter recently marked the three year anniversary of the rescue of her elderly, red pit bull who still wears the physical scars of a once-torn life. In a poignant letter to the person who abandoned the dog, the writer opens the window on a very personal journey of love and recovery. Here is that post which appeared in the Craigslist online classified ads:

“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.

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.

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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Jim V2 years ago

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reft h3 years ago

thanks for the story

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Thank you so much for saving Cathy's life!! For the past 3 years she has known what love feels like, instead of being a puppy machine!!
I pray her surgery went well and she is feeling up to playing fetch and going on hikes with you!
Bless you for loving her!

Mark Donner
Mark Donner3 years ago

It's pretty bad when animal shelters become the enemies of animals

Judith g.
Judith g3 years ago

Gorgeous Cathy! Live long lovely lady!

Mary Beth M.
MaryBeth M3 years ago

Just beautiful. So happy for Cathy and her tender hearted adopter. A little too kind towards those previous abusive owners for my taste considering the cigarette burns and her deplorable state. I would have a LOT more to say... I wish every dog, especially pits could win the doggy lotto like Cathy did! Wishing Cathy a speedy recovery and many wonderful years ahead!!

Tammy P.
Tammy P3 years ago

I loved reading this story. It was very heartfelt. I am glad that Cathy was able to be rescued and live a happy life.

Autumn Brook
Autumn Brook3 years ago

Thank You so much for the wonderful home you have given Cathy Such beautiful sentiments in your words for her only imagined existance she found with you a home full of trust and love,
making her dreams come true of a family she hoped for. Wishing Cathy a full healing and recovery and many more tail wagging adventures with you, God Bless your golden hearts.