Your Chance to Adopt the World Famous ‘Dirty Gaga’ Bodega Cat

Posted on: June 17th, 2015 at 10:22 am by
Photo: Darnell Scott

Photo: Darnell Scott

Animal lovers living in a big city are faced with challenges every day; you win some battles, and lose some. Protecting and caring for the left-behind and marginalized kitties, puppies, birdies, and whatnots is something that a large portion of New Yorkers just never even think about. For some people, it’s a full time job, for others it’s a hobby done out of love.

Sometimes you rescue a kitty in need, other times the Buddhist temple across the street inadvertently murders twelve newborn pigeons despite your protestations. It’s a veritable emotional roller coaster that never ends unless you simply stop caring. Not terribly easy for some empaths. In this case, the story of our dear friend Dirty Gaga has taken a turn for the awesome.

When we last left off on the story of DG – now renamed “Luke (Skywalker)” – he was hanging out in a foster office with local architect Ron Castellano and his cat-loving staff. He was then relocated to Petco’s KittyKind adoption center, where many felines find their forever family. Sadly, this former free range gato was not into the cage sitch at Petco, and became more than a little depressed. Friends would visit a few times a week, but we knew he needed an exit strategy as soon as possible.

Photo: Darnell Scott

Photo: Darnell Scott

KittyKind not only fosters cats and runs the adoption center at Petco, but also places kittehs with Meow Parlour, that neighborhood smash of a cat cafe. This was a bit of a lightbulb, and I began an email correspondence with the Meow Parlour crew to see about fast-tracking our friend’s entry into the establishment. Luke, after all, is from the exact same little corner of the Lower East Side, and a quasi-famous retired bodega cat. It was only fitting to suggest this move to try and secure him a home.

KittyKind is the authority on which of their cats go to Meow town, and they must have agreed with the notion, since Luke was moved into Meow Parlour a short time later! He took a little bit of time to adjust, but now when you stroll by this Hester Street landmark, you can see him curled up in the back of the shop on his favorite scratching post. He seems a tiny bit apprehensive about all the hubbub, but his spirits are remarkably higher than when he was in his little 2×3 cube at Petco.

I stopped by with my cat-loving friend and photographer Darnell Scott to see how Luke was doing after some adjustment time at the cafe. There he was, posted up on the scratching post like a wise sage, he seemed so much more distinguished and grown up from his younger, goofy sing song self. It seems this entire scenario has taken a toll on his outgoing nature, but he is still leaps and bounds happier than when we first found him abandoned and sad, meowing for love and canned tuna.

Photo: Darnell Scott

Photo: Darnell Scott

Being about 4-5 years old makes Luke a great match for a laid back person who doesn’t want a needy and attention-starved cat. He would be happy with two square meals and a nice windowsill. He is an ideal adoptable kitty for city dwellers, and gets along with dogs, people, and other cats.

If you’ve been looking for a new friend, pop in to Meow Parlour and check out our boy Lukie. Meow Parlour is so wonderful for helping a local legend to find a secure future, and they have plenty of other adoptable babies on hand if Luke’s chill demeanor is not your cup of tea. I am so grateful to them for getting him a better temporary situation, and also much more exposure to find his human soulmate.

It’s wonderful when an animal has a second (or third or fourth) chance at a good life, and caring for a cat is a rewarding relationship to say the least. I wish I could take Luke into our home, but we have 3 rescued pets already. So I don’t want to deprive him of what could be his dream situation of being the center of attention but having a comfy corner to rest in. You don’t even have to get an appointment at Meow to try and adopt him, but seeing all the other amazingly friendly and frisky kittens is certainly worth the trip. I commend Meow Parlour and KittyKind for being there for the lost animals of the Lower East Side, it’s not always an easy job, but seeing a happy kitty is worth every bit of effort.


Photo: Darnell Scott

Photo: Darnell Scott

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