Where are they now?
...once upon a time in foster homes in and around a town called Greece, NY, there were homeless GRASP pets patiently waiting for that special person to come along and see the love and companionship they longed to give. Some waited weeks, some months, some even longer, but then one day that special someone arrived and brought them home where they belonged and will remain happily ever after...
But wait! It's not the end, it's just the beginning and we'd love to hear from you too!
I wanted to thank G.R.A.S.P, as well as Minnie and Dante's foster mom (now aunt) Crystal for taking care of these two and introducing me to my little children. Both are very sweet and loving and my home is better with these two in it.
Murphy, celebrated his birthday on 10/22 with a kissing booth! Happy Birthday, Murphy!
I just wanted to send a quick update on Oscar, (formerly Dee O'Gee.) He's doing so well! He is such a people person and has become very popular among the neighborhood kids during walks. He can now sit, lay down, shake, and dance. Anything for a treat! Thank you so much for the opportunity to become a "foster fail" back in June! It was honestly the best decision I've ever made.
Choryni (formerly Argus) was adopted from us 6 years ago. His mom wanted us to know that he is still quite the love bug and is best friends with her & her other cat. They all spend every morning together out on the patio watching for birds & squirrels.
Simba (adopted in May) and Bear (adopted in August) have become great friends when Bear isn't torturing his big brother.
We adopted Nicole (formerly Niko) about 6 weeks ago. She is very happy in her new home.
Tyler is enjoying playing his way into the hearts of his family.
Thunder (formerly Mystic) is settling in nicely with his fur-ever family, especially with his human sister.
Bluie, is enjoying the simple cat life in his fur-ever home.
Jolly and Dolly (formerly Rayna & Sasha) are doing well and are keeping us entertained.
Libby (formerly Liberty) is settling in beautifully in her new home. She a little cutie and has quickly melted our hearts. Many thanks for all of your help in getting our adoption going.
My babies mittens and booties (formerly Pauli and Timothy ) 1 year ago today I brought these little guys home and am so happy to have them ! What little characters they are and best buds! Glad I didn't separate them.
Martin (formerly Walnut) enjoying a nap this weekend. Love him!
Then and now. My Maisy girl (formerly Alice) is happy, healthy and home. Picture on the left was 2013 and 5 lbs (pregnant with four kittens) and on the right is today. She lost the babies before we got her but she gained her life and forever home. Please consider saving a life of an older cat rather than getting a kitten.
My babies Mittens and Booties (formerly Pauli and Timothy ). One year ago today I brought these little guys home and am so happy to have them ! What little characters they are and best buds ! Glad I didn't separate them
Wanted to thank GRASP for our newest addition. Henry (white dog) has been here 2 weeks and as you can see fits right in with the rest of our zoo.
We love happy updates! This is Ellie, who ended up being adopted by her foster. Look how happy she looks now!
Lola, has gotten cozy with her new big brother, Bandit.
Roxi and Rufus (formerly Gibson and Squeaks) are making themselves quite comfortable in their new fur-ever home.
Miles (formerly Mosley, back cat) is cuddling up to his new big brother, how adorable!
Hard to believe Molson wasn't adopted for almost two years! I would say he's settled in just fine :) we love him!
I adopted Bella (formerly Marshmallow) in 2008 from Grasp thanks for my furry angel she is still very much loved.
Former GRASP puppy Ruby on her 2nd birthday! She was one of Whitney's 7 pups.
We adopted this crazy girl 10 years ago from GRASP! She is graying in the face but still as crazy as ever! Thank you GRASP for all that you do!
Ten years ago tonight, through GRASP, my best friend Sandy came to my house, driven there by his foster Mom. He's 14 now, still doing very well. He's lived in two different Catholic parishes and loved by all the parishioners. He greets me every morning with kisses and a fast wagging tail. He loves everyone he meets. He stays with me most days since I live and work in the same place! He's a member of the parish staff! Thanks to GRASP and all their wonderful work!~Father Lee Chase, pastor of St. Lawrence Church
Miss Petunia (formerly Willow) celebrated her birthday today. She is a crazy baby, and I love her just so much. She thinks she's part dog - she plays fetch over and over. Just so sweet. Look at how grown up she is.
Cato and Virgil (formerly Axl and Ozzy) recently sent us this picture and told us "the boys are still charming everyone they encounter". She fell in love with them the minute she saw them and they are living the lives of kings!!!
I want to thank you again so much for the opportunity to adopt Darcy (now Lilly) last week. Just wanted to let you know she's adjusted to the house and our cat pretty quickly. They're definitely good playmates. She's already become a part of the family. Here's a picture of her at the top of our stairs, where she likes to wait for people and 'attack' their feet
She stole my heart, thank you for posting Rosie on Facebook, I can't tell you how much we love each other. She loves this ball toy plays like crazy then falls asleep on it. Too cute for words.
Felix (formerly Domino) looks might relaxed in his new home, where he is totally loved by his new humans!
Lucky has found it totally relaxing to sit on top of the couch and look out into the yard. His family is totally in love with him.
Ziva is my little half-a-tail baby who loves to explore the house. She also truly loves her older puppy siblings, but her big sister is her favorite.
Finn was adopted from us in December and wanted to send us "Happy Birthday Wishes" for our 20th birthday!
Sophie (formerly Lucy) had a great time in the blizzard of 2016! Thanks for completing our family with this spunky girl.
February 13, 2013, we adopted Thumbuddy (formerly Dijon) from G.R.A.S.P. That began a three-year-long love story. He has entwined our heart strings around his 22 toes (yes, he has extra toes on all four feet!). He’s smart, loveable (though a little ornery at times—anyone intelligent has days!), and devoted to his mom and grandma, in particular. Here’s a recent picture of him, showing his characteristic smile (don’t let anyone tell you that cats can’t smile; the happier he is the bigger his smile!). Thank you, G.R.A.S.P. for our wonderful fur-baby!~Crys
Keira and Kasey (formally Kinder and Kamori) are celebrating their 2nd birthday thanks to the great volunteers at GRASP.
Chewie (formerly known as Willy) was adopted on the 16th of January. He has quickly settled in and is now fast friends with his new sister Nala. He loves to snuggle with all the humans in the home. We are so happy with our new addition. Thank you so much...
Taz (left) and Emmy (right) were adopted from GRASP 4 years ago. They came for a recent visit to one of our adoption events. They are very much loved and spoiled. Emmy acts more like a cat- liking her alone time & high places. While brother, Taz, loves to cuddle with his dad.
In a recent email to Garth and Brooks foster the new mom wrote: "We LOVE them so much and as you can see from the photo, they are the best of brother friends! We can't thank you enough for all the work you did to give them such a strong start in life. People who come over often comment about how friendly they are, and I have to believe that is due in large part to the huge investment of time you made in them when they were young."
We couldn't be happier for Frankie and his new family. Clearly he and his new canine sister have bonded quite well!!
One year ago we failed at fostering. We took this white, deaf, marshmallow in hopes he would be a good fit with our family. He has been a perfect fit! Thank you GRASP! We love him and we couldn't be more happy with our ferocious pitty mix even if he does think he's a cat most days.
Chance is celebrating his 2 year "I GOT YOU DAY" Thank you GRASP for saving this sweet boy!
The newest member of our family, Fluffernutter, wanted you to know she enjoyed her Christmas too!!! Take care and Happy New Year!!!! Renee
Hoggle (formerly Robert) is pictured here visiting Santa Claus on his first Christmas! I'm betting he asked for treats because he loves to eat!
Here is Shin (formerly known as Iris), sitting in her usual spot on the couch. She is doing very well, loves her new 70 pound brother Giotto. She's an absolute love, constantly she wants to be by her new parents' side 'helping' with what ever we are doing. I'm so glad my boyfriend convinced me to adopt her, she is the most wonderful new addition we could have asked for!
We just adopted Bella (formerly Ms. Piggy) and we LOVE her!!!
I wanted to show you how my two pretty girls are doing. I was lucky to find these two beauties (and litter mates) at an adoption event with GRASP in 2011 and finally brought them home with me at the end of September. Cleo (formerly known as Sylvester) is the black one. She is Miss Independent and has a strong personality to go with that mustache of hers but don't let that face fool you, she still loves to sit in my lap. Peanut is the brown one. When she is not busy getting into trouble and following her sister's lead, she is jumping up into my arms and snuggling with me every chance she gets. These two are chatter boxes and bed hogs but they have been the best decision I have ever made. They brought warmth, love and fun into my home. Thank you GRASP!
I can't believe that Emmy (formerly known as Abby) has been with me for almost a year! She's turned into the sweetest kitty -- very affectionate and a real lap cat. It took her a while to come around to that, but now she jumps right into my lap when I sit on the couch every evening and settles down for a long snooze. She's as lively as you remember, loves chasing the little furry mouse toys (which I keep in the house in quantity because they always disappear under the furniture). My 8-year-old great niece loves her and calls her "silly kitty" when she leaps around and does somersaults. I'm so happy with Emmy and I know I made a wonderful choice!
Onyx (formerly Cecelia) clearly has taken to her new life quite well! She still loves to play fetch and run around the house. And just like you said, she loves to get up on our laps as soon as we sit down. She has brought so much joy into my life and I am so thankful that I was able to adopt her.
After a rough start in his new home, we got this update Jack (formerly John) fits right in now. Jack and Max are getting along fantastically now. Thank you so much for all your advice. Jack has made a great addition to our family.
Leo and Zoe (formerly Tee and Willow) are loving life in their new fur-ever home. They are quite happy to have each other as playmates.
Nala, (formerly Gallo/Molly) was a cat that was with us for so long that we finally had to rename her to try to spark new interest. We never understood why she kept getting overlooked; she was quiet, sweet and friendly. Eventually a long-time GRASP follower couldn't take it any longer and adopted her. She is doing really well in her new home, and we are thankful for such great adopters!!
Every rescue kitty (or pup) needs their own Christmas stocking. On 9/28/15 we adoptedRoscoe (formerly known as Holiday) is spending his first Christmas with us, after Karen Parker got him off to such a great start. Oh, the stories we could tell about the Christmas tree on the second floor and how much fun he is having! Happy Holidays to everyone at GRASP! Thank you to her and all the wonderful folks at GRASP for the great job that you do. ~Cathy L.
Luthor (formerly LePew)and Otis (formerly Nissan)are now inseparable. Otis, however, has taught himself to shut an opened door, so last week, he closed himself and Luthor in the office, and yesterday, he shut them both up in the bathroom. I'm going to have to get "reverse" door stops!
Chief in his new Happy place!! Watching dad rake and birds flitting can be very relaxing. Loving his furever home!
I adopted Bailey (formerly Salsa) a couple years ago to be a playmate for my cat. She has made both our lives better for having her here.
Today, I am very thankful on this Thanksgiving day that somehow our paths crossed & this little man Tanner came into our lives.
My grandma adopted this pretty little lady (formerly Winifred) a few weeks ago she is doing great and is the apple of my grandma's eye!! Thank you!
Hi, I'm Roamie (formerly Romeo). I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I was very lucky, I was only in foster care for a few days when my foster mommy fell totally head over heels in love with me that she told GRASP that I was hers.
These are some photos of our beloved fur babies Whitacre & Booker (formerly Mars & Clark) I know that GRASP likes updates......All is splenid!
Samson is a very happy kitten! The older cat in the house hasn't completely warmed up to him yet but they've slept on the same couch so I call that progress! (He loves watching movies with his human!)
Ace loves everyone...great lap cat...never mean or aggressive...good with kids and watches over them...he is kind of the guardian of the house. He makes it known when it is bed time he will go up the stairs then meow and stare at us to tell us its time for bed. We got very lucky to get him.
Just wanted to share a picture of our boy Ace...we absolutely love him and are so happy to have him in our family... Aimee did a wonderful job as his foster mama!!!
This little dog Sophie (formerly Nutmeg) has brought so much joy and happiness to our life. She is our child. We take her everywhere we go, she has the most wonderful happy personality, loves everyone and surely lets them know.
This is formally Silver! My kids renamed him to Murray! We love him so much and he is a great addition to our family! He is so lovey! Thank You!
Pongo (formerly Spanky) is clearly given lots of kisses by his family! They sent us an update and said they couldn't be more happier with him and how sweet he is!
On Thanksgiving eve, 2014, Cheryl came to visit these two and it was love at first sight. She was back the day after the holiday to take them home. Virgil & Cato (formerly Axl and Ozzy) are living like kings!!
Murphy is loving his new home and the family couldn't be happier with him! We are so excited for the happy ending for both the family and Murphy.
Kailea (formerly Sabrina) is settling in nicely and growing like a weed. Loves her big sister and all the new places to explore. She even uses the scratching posts as perches!
December 2014 changed my family's life forever. We adopted her right away. Thank you so much, Secoya is and has been the perfect addition we needed. She's obviously very comfy here...my girls adore her! Nicole W.
Thank you so much for letting us make Tess (formerly known as Mia) a part of our family. Here she is with her big sister Lizzie, amazed by the popcorn popper.
I just wanted to give you all an update on Jimmy and Pixie about one year after their adoption. My grandparents adopted them and they have both brought great joy to their lives! And they have both adjusted so, so well especially Jimmy. This is them while I was visiting today!
The first night was really sad, our cat was incredibly upset by his existence! But it has started getting better! She loves watching hi play and she's starting to join in and then is suprised when she does. He's so happy and likes to follow her around. They are like my little ducklings and follow me everywhere! Thank You
Hi my name is Barkley and I just got adopted by a loving family The Carrions...When I first got to my new home I was really nervous, but each day I'm adjusting and getting more comfortable with my new surroundings. I have two fur sisters Sophie & Lilo, not sure of Lilo yet she's a cat, but getting to know her, so far so good. I'm so happy I fianlly get to call the place I'm in HOME! We just love Barkley so much, I'm so thankful for the GRASP program and a special thank you to Alicia, Sharon, Mike and Stephanie for giving us this opportunity to give Barkley a new home.
Thank you for all that you do to find furever homes. I thank you all involved with GRASP from volunteers to fosters. My Khloe (fomerly Marigold) is my best friend. Since adopting her three months ago my world has become brighter. There is no better gift then adopting a pet. The love we give, we get back.
Mittens & Bootie (formerly Pauli & Thomas) are doing well! They have already gotten so big! Still like to snuggle up with each other now & then.
Nissan (left) was adopted earlier this year. A week ago Luthor (formerly LePew) was adopted into the family. After a bit of adjustment they have become the best of friends- sleeping and playing together all day long. They even like watching the squirrels together!
Hello :) My name is Carrie and my fiancee and I just adopted Abbey and Audrey yesterday! Their names have been changed to Stella (Audrey) and Libby (Abbey). I wanted to send this adorable picture of them, they are settling in very nicely, and they are quite comfortable here. Please share with Peggy, she was sad to say goodbye to them :( They are going to the vet on Monday for their second set of shots! We are in love with them already...
Thank you so much for bringing Indy (formerly Chelsea) into our lives. She is a wonderful addition to our little family! She gets along so well with her new older sister, Bailey-they chase each other around, through tunnels, up the cat tree all day long. She has the perfect personality to fit right in with us. My husband loves when she greets him at the door when he gets home from work. We love her so much and are grateful to GRASP for allowing us the privilege to adopt her and call her family. We are so lucky and our lives and hearts are fuller and brighter because of her!-The DiDonas
Jenny (fomerly Jane) is enjoying her new home and settled right in! She, and the family can not be more happy with each other! Congrats!
My little adoptee Emmy (formerly Abby) has really settled in with me (adopted last December). She's gone from being a bit shy and skittish to being sweet, affectionate and ready to jump in my lap at any opportunity. She's wild and crazy sometimes, too, and loves her playtime. I'm so happy with her and want to thank GRASP again for connecting me with her. Kathy
Roamie was taken in from a feral colony and clearly he was not a feral kitty. After vetting, we placed him with a new foster since we didn't have any available and within days she indicated in no uncertain terms we were getting him back since it was love at first sight for both kitty and his new mom. The adoption was finalized and he is now spending his days helping with the computer and chasing his toy mice. It was a purr-fect match!
Hi, I wanted to give the wonderful folks @ GRASP an update! This is Dawsie Bear Bear (aka Dawson when he's a bad boy!!! ;) and his brother Kiddy (not by choice but they learned to coexist)I adopted Dawson back in 2007 and he has been a hoot ever since! Definitely a lil trouble maker :D but really, who could resist that face!? Thank you so much for bringing this big ole goof ball into our lives. He drives us crazy with his constant howling @ night, constantly running into the bathroom after you begging for you to turn on the tub water, sneaking on the bed in the middle of the night to lay on you with his back end in your face & purr loudly..lol...we wouldn't have it any other way! He is definitely a spoiled big baby, and look how big he got!!! The recent vet visit weighed him @ 22 lbs!! He's so soft like a bunny rabbit too! Angela
Hi I wanted to send this picture of jo-jo which was taken of her and her not so little brother . They are a very good match. Ax tires jo-jo out.
Just wanted to give you an update. Rita is doing GREAT! She is absolutely perfect!!
Hello! My name is Jared and I adopted a female white siamese mix named Serena in late November early December last year. Shes been doing great with me and I wanted to share some pictures of her and how big shes gotten. Shes been an absolute joy to have and I can't thank you enough!
Coogan was adopted in January 2014 and here's what his dad has to say: "Coogan is such an amazing puppy and we couldn't be more happy. He is the friendliest puppy in the world! He will lick you to death and loves to cuddle!
~Thanks again, James."
I adopted Murray as a kitten from GRASP in 2008 and have been loving him up ever since. We recently celebrated his seventh birthday. Look at the size of his paws! Thanks for all you do.
Libby at home, one year later...enjoying a nap in her favorite place! She's my sweet little girl, and constant companion... We're both very lucky to have each other. Thanks so much for putting us together!
I am enjoying Abby (now named Emmy because of her emerald green eyes). She is lively and playful (loves her little furry mice!), inquisitive (fascinated with bubble baths), and a good companion, following me around to see what's up. She also appears to be training for the kitty Olympics (balance beam event) because she likes to jump on top of the railing on my second floor landing and strike a pose. She's a delightful GRASP success story!
We just wanted to let everybody at G.R.A.S.P. know Ducky is doing very well at his new home. He got a hair cut a Petco and looks quite a bit different with shorter hair. We take him everywhere we go and he has made some new doggie friends (Coco, Pugg, and Bullseye). He likes walks around the field, playing fetch with his toys and chewing on his bones before bedtime. We are very happy to have Ducky as a part of our family, we be lost without him. Thank You so much for the opportunity to adopt Ducky!!
Hi. Just wanted to give you an update on a cat my husband and I adopted a while back. His name is Mookie and he is quite a handful. However he is the funniest and most adorable cat ever. It took him a while to settle in but well worth the wait. We can't thank you enough for what you do.
This is Noah (renamed Butters/Butterman) we adopted him from G.R.A.S.P in August 2012. He is the best cat I have ever had. Always chirping and meowing around the house. We love him so much. He has been the greatest addition to our little family. We adopted him as a companion to my orange cat Wedgie (left) and they are best friends now. They wrestle, bird watch and cuddle/clean one another together every day. Thanks G.R.A.S.P. !
This is Autumn. She is now over a year old and has been with me for almost a year. She is very loving and always looking for attention. She is very silly and does things like peeking out of our window through the mini-blinds and has even played fetch. She is something else :) I am so happy to have her as part of my family.
The first week of June, I stepped up to foster a 14 wk old tuxedo kitten named Ringo. Within minutes I knew the little rascal would have his fur-ever home with me, no doubt about it! Ringo (now Hiccup) is now just about 23 weeks old and loving life with his big sister, Rosie.
This is Nessie she was adopted in 2012. She is now a very pampered pooch and loving life with her pet parents!
We adopted Pumpkin and Ashes through GRASP, on Valentine's day, 2013. They were four years old at the time. We absolutely LOVE them to pieces! They are amazing cats, and very spoiled. They have made our house a home. Pumpkin is definitely a Mama's boy. He tells me when it's time for bed, and waits patiently( well, sometimes patiently) for me to come to bed. Ashes is more of a Daddy's girl, and also loves her human sister. She speaks to her daddy and they carry on a conversation almost daily. She LOVES to show off her adorable tummy, but will draw blood if you try to touch it! We love them both so much! Thank you so much GRASP for ALL that you do for these animals, by giving them a second chance, and providing people like us the opportunity to adopt them!
I just wanted you to know how well Libby has settled in -- she has totally won my heart with her sweet,loving nature...Libby is the perfect antidote for a grieving cat owner (I had to say goodbye to my old companion, Pumpkin, after 15 years this past January)...as I write this, Libby is sleeping peacefully on my lap. :) Thanks for your help in uniting me with her! - Susan
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know that Autumn has settled in here with us. My girls just LOVE her and she seems to think she rules the roost...she has no problem getting into anything that interests her, but seems to be most fond of dirty socks (ewwww). Here's a pic the girls took of Autumn in one of her favorite spots to sit...I've just about totally given up on being able to sit at the table and work on my computer, lol - Michelle, Steve, Melissa & Mackenzie
Lexi (now Pixie) was adopted in March of 2014. Her new family sent in an update: "we love her a lot and she has fit right into our family nicely and gets along with my other dog very well."!
I adopted Abby (called Boots on your website) last Aug (2013). She was a feral kitten and was a little shy at first but has turned out to be an affectionate little fluff ball. She greets me at the door every time I come home and sleeps curled up next to my head every night. She talks a lot and is very active. I am grateful to GRASP for taking her in and looking after her until she came home with me. She loves her fellow kitties here and we love her, too. :)
AJ was adopted January 2013. He LOVES to be held and carried around by his new dad! He just looks up at him with lovely eyes and purrs like crazy! So cute.
Daisy was adopted in April 2013. Her new family sent in this note:
She is a great addition to our family and we love her so much! She is so much fun- full of energy and she makes us laugh everyday. Of course she loves to chase squirrels and keeps all sorts of critters in check in the yard! She is very smart and loves to lay in front of the fire on cold days. We can't thank GRASP enough, especially Jen for fostering her in her time of need. :) ~Margaret, Gerry and family
Tallie, a little Terrier mix was adopted in November, 2013. Here is what her new mom had to share:
We have all adjusted great to Tallie being added to our family. Tallie has a lot of personality and love to share. She has been a wonderful addition to our family. We are so thankful that GRASP saw fit to match us with Tallie. She is such a great girl!
Francie (now Callie) and Frankie (now Ziva) were adopted together in July 2013. These photos were taken on 8/10/13.
Socks was adopted on Valentine's Day 2013. His mom says he's wonderful! He is playful and loving and gets along well with people, kids, and other cats. From the first hour that he was brought home he fit right in with the family like he's always been there. The whole family loves Socks and thanks GRASP for making this match possible.
Link (originally Fargo) is just over a year old and such a well behaved and good cat. His mom is attempting to get him to learn a few more tricks. He's a quick learner! Click here to see a video of Link doing tricks!
We've had Lulu (AKA - Mowgli) since Thursday evening and she's settling in nicely. She's so sweet and playful and SNUGGLY!! I love it! She's adjusting to our dog nicely too. She ventures a little closer every time. I'm sure they'll be best friends in no time. We are so happy to have her in our family! Thank you!!
We adopted "Hale" (on left in photo) on May 29. We brought him home to meet our two year old, "Mack". (Hale has been re-named "Colby" so now we have Mack and cheese!). Mack was curious about him and there was no aggression at all. In fact if Mack seemed scared of Colby, the little guy would flop down and tuck his front paws under his chest as if saying, "Look! I'm not gonna hurt you!" Within hours they were walking around the house together and by the next day they were sleeping on my bed together! Now they are best buddies!
Rox (a.k.a Rocks) has been with the Cirulli Family for one whole year now and is doing awesome!
When we first adopted Rox he was very nervous around people but has made leaps and bounds since then. He loves to go to the dog park, run with us, chase sticks, and just chill around with his family. Rox is a very good-natured dog and we love him very much! Thank you GRASP for helping us find the best puppy on the planet earth :)
Lilbit (now Freja) and Gaia (now Iris) were adopted December 2012 and are doing very well and are very happy with Sampson (see May 2012 below) and their two other sisters. Freja (Lilbit) was the kitty who had a broken jaw and Iris (Gaia) was her sister. They are both such sweeties!
Dijon (aka Buddy) was adopted in February. Here is what his mom had to say:
We adopted our polydactyl (on all four feet!) Turkish Van, Thumbuddy (aka Buddy, hence the name Thumb Buddy) and our lives have not been quite the same since. We were not familiar with the Van characteristics (he's not a purebred but definitely favors that breed with all the classic markings but the fluffy tail), so we're learning from him - intelligent, voracious appetite (for even broccoli and cauliflower!), extremely playful and active - romp 'til you drop, very devoted to human family. His foster mom, Tricia, and her family did a superb job of socializing him; we expected that he'd hide out in the upstairs bedroom (his safe space) for at least a couple days before venturing out to explore the rest of the house. It took him less than four hours to be out and about. By the second day, he had laid claim to the entire house. He's extremely intelligent and now goes in search of his toy mice on command ("Go get your mousie," produces any number of mice in various stages of health - he often "skins" them!); he also knows his Cosmic Kitty Herbs are "salad," and trots over to have a sample when we mention the word. As the picture shows, he's Grandma's Precious Baby Boy and very much enjoys his status; he loves all of us, but Grandma has a special place in his heart. He's wound those great big mitts of his right around our heartstrings! And yes, unlike most cats, he DOES have opposable thumbs and knows how to use them!
Pierre was adopted last month and has settled right in with his new family!
GRASP was delighted to see Pierre at a recent craft show and Pierre was a big hit with everyone.
He has come so far and looks amazing!
Nova was adopted in October 2012.
She loves her forever home and family and is doing great!
Sumati (renamed Juno) was adopted in November 2012. This is what her new mom wanted to share:
We just adore her and she loves her new home. She is a rambuctious little kitten who gets into everything but is also so cuddly! She loves to sleep right between us every night! We could not be happier with her and we were pleased with our experience with GRASP. I could not picture my life without her! Thank you! ~Cara
Citrus (renamed Ontario, Rio for short) was adopted in November 2012. This is what his new mom wanted to share:
I've had him about 2 weeks and he's everything that I hoped for! He immediately loved my dog and older cat and tried to play with them as soon as he came in the door! It only took 1 day for everyone to get along and he has given much needed confidence to my oder cat who hasn't been the same since her brother passed away this summer. Rio is hilarious in the morning - such a personality and an appetite! He loves to play in my sunroom and bats around his toys like he's a hockey player. He loves to tell me about his day when I get home from work and follows me around the house to make sure he gets involved if I am doing anything fun. For as energetic as he is, when he wants to be loved he is the sweetest cat! He curls up in my lap every evening and now he thinks its a grand idea to sleep on my bed at night (he is not shy with taking up space as you can see by his picture). With 2 cats and a dog sometimes I don't have room! We are a happy family once again. Thanks to you all for everything that you do! ~Jen
We adopted Zoey (formerly call Pittypat) in January 2012. She has become such a wonderful addition to our family. She loves to be active, sprinting around the yard and playing with her toys, but as soon as we sit down she is so excited to curl up in a ball with her head on our laps. She is so good-natured and loving. We absolutely could not be happier with our sweet girl, and we are so thankful to have found her. Thank you GRASP! ~Ryan and Rachel.
Pili was adopted this month and was renamed Ripley. Here's what her new family had to share:
My wife and I adopted Pili (now called Ripley) and we are in love! She is a wonderful dog...great with our almost 5 year old son and our cat Kirby. She loves to play and run but will sit in your lap and be a lazy lap dog as well. Ripley has the best disposition of any dog we've ever had. Just simply a lover!! In just one week she was definitely at home! Thank you for Pili...we couldn't be happier to have her in our family.
Sampson was adopted in October 2010. He came to GRASP in 2009 with a broken leg that was later amputated. He found a wonderful home and continues to do well. His dad shared this photo of Sampson (on left) snoozing with his sister Lucy.
Archie is adjusting very well. He loves going for car rides, having his belly scratched, and going on long walks. He has learned so many tricks and is scheduled to attend obedience in April. Thank you GRASP and especially Karla for bring Archie and I together. We are a great team!
Blitzel was adopted in February 2012 and has been re-named Aida. Here's what her mom has to say: Aida looks like she is smiling in this picture. She loves the park! She has brought much happiness to us! She is doing much better in school now that she is overcoming her fear of other dogs. Thank you to GRASP for rescuing this wonderful girl! Mary L.
We adopted a tiny kitten named Sparrow from GRASP in July 2008. She was so timid, we changed her name to Fraidy. Our Fraidy Cat is so attached to us now, she follows us around the house and likes to join in the talk when our family is conversing in the kitchen. Our dog, Sasha, will alert us when Fraidy needs food, water or attention, as if Fraidy is her own cat. They are best sisters. Fraidy's special spot in on our couch, where the family spends the most time. She is doing excellent and is an amazing little kitty. We are so happy that she is part of our family. Janet, Joe and Jackson
Dear Grasp and Foster family: Just a short note to say we love our new home! We were adopted by Kim, Jim and Kelly just before Christmas 2011. We admit we were very scared at first but once we found out how much food, love and most of all PLAYING we had at our new home we settled in just fine. We miss our Kelly and don't understand what happened to her (went back to college) but our Grandma and Grandpa are doing their very best to keep us entertained! We just have to figure out why they don't like us going onto those high places that have food on them and why they don't like sharing their drinks with us?? We miss our mom and foster sibling but are very happy! Thanks GRASP & foster family.
Stella Neol (AKA Elmo) - top kitty with collar
Luna Bell (AKA Goofball or Puddy Tat)
Sadie was adopted Nov. 2011. Here's her update: Sadie goes hiking everyday, sleeps under the covers w/ me. Lol. She is spoiled, and deserves every bit of it! She is an amazing dog! One big love bug! We thank her everyday for coming into our lives ;) thank you so much for choosing us as her forever family! All our best, Lee
Trooper was adopted in Dec. 2011. Here's what his new mom had to say: "I had my Sammy for 17 1/2 wonderful years and there wasn't a second of any day that my life wasn't wrapped around hers. When she passed a part of me went with her. I waited 6 months till I felt it was the right time to love another. All I wanted for Christmas was another cat to love. Dudley did all the research, going to Petco and finding out the times for the adoption events and printing multiple pages of pictures of adoptable cats. Trooper took a hold of my heart the second I saw him. He is doing excellent! He greets me every day when I come home from work and gives me a love I can't explain. He is so amazing, just a blessing to us. I smile and feel happy again. He rescued me. Thanks again to Dudley. It takes a pretty special man to do all he did to see me return to the person I used to be. I feel complete again."
Gentle Ben was adopted in June 2008 and renamed Ralphie. Here's what Ralphie's dad (shown in photo) had to share:
"We love this dog very much. He's part of the family, not just a pet to us. He sure has changed since we first got him. He is a GREAT friend, and I tell anyone we can, how and where we got Ralphie. He was a bit wild when we first got him, but he has gotten very gentle and calm, except when someone knocks on the door! We can't thank you all enough for this dog, and all the other animals you all have helped."
We adopted Jake (now Max) in April 2010 (left in picture). Max has become a WONDERFUL addition to our family and is a very happy dog. Our family included myself, my husband, our 3 kids, dog-Shae, 3 cats, and a horse. We were seeking a companion for Shae (right in picture). As soon as we saw Max's picture on the website we just knew he was the one. We brought the family, including Shae, to meet him & it was an immediate connection. We live on an old dairy farm. The property includes big barns, a pond, and ~100 acres of land. As soon as we let the dogs outside they both pounce off the porch and just run & play nonstop. A favorite game of theirs is playing tag and usually involves running around a car, tree, or their free standing kennel... they are really, really compatible and very entertaining to watch. I can't figure out why he wasn't snatched up before we came along but we're certainly VERY happy about that. He is an absolutely wonderful dog and we are so happy that he is part of our family.
Jillie (sorry no photo) was adopted 8/1/00. She has been the best little cat that her mom could have asked for. What a personality! Many thanks to Donna who fostered her for GRASP.
This is in memory of Katie who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge 7/22/19. Thank you Andy.
On September 24, 1998, I adopted a small terrier mix named Katie. Over the next eleven years, Katie gave me more happiness and love than I ever could have imagined. She was an energetic, smart and fun loving dog who knew what she wanted and how to enjoy life, from waking-up early to eat, long walks to playing with her toys. She also liked to roll around in the grass and let the sun shine on her tummy. On this day exactly one year ago, I had to say goodbye to my precious Katie due to kidney failure. It broke my heart to let her go, but somehow I think she knew that she was being freed to a better place. I could never adequately convey my appreciation for your giving Katie to me and I hope someone else will find in a dog or cat what I found in Katie. Thank you for the great work you do in providing homes to homeless animals.
Fry and Leela are doing very well. I can't believe how much they've grown in just a couple weeks. They are very playful and mischievous. They've hidden a box on us (I swear I have no idea where it's gone!) and love playing with their "da bird" feather on a string. The two of them love to wrestle, especially around 5:30 am, on our bed. Clearly they think that breakfast at 6:30am is too late. The curtain in our bedroom had to be permanently taken down because they love to pull things down. They are still exploring the condo and you can hear little paws zooming through rooms at all hours of the day. They are quite a joy and I love them very much. Yesterday when I sat on the sofa they both came over and jumped in my lap and stayed there for a nice cat nap.
Let me introduce Cheltzie...(adopted May 2010...formally known as Shelby) Cheltzie was a GRASP foster dog placed in my home. My two male dogs just fell in love with her, and even though she tried to run away 4 times the first week, so did I! She has the sweetest temperament, beautiful blue eyes, and smart!! I have begun training her to take the therapy dog certification test in the Fall!
December 2010 update: Cheltzie passed her therapy dog test! You go girl! :-)
"Hi, we're Maddie & Duncan, the furry 'kids' of John & Leslie Morelli of Clarkson. Maybe you know our mom - she's Brockport's Village Clerk. In May 2006 when we were just kittens, the D&C wrote an article about us and took our picture with the mechanic that rescued us from a car engine (photo not shown here). Mom and Dad adopted us from the nice people at GRASP and we've lived happily ever after."
This is Dioji with his big brother Dusty settling in after a tough day of playing. We couldn't have asked for a better puppy ... and Dusty agrees! He has brought so much joy to our home, words can't begin to describe. We had lost our 4 year old lab mix to cancer so the whole family was very distraught. I was really concerned about Dusty as he would just mope around and had no desire to play or do anything. Dioji changed all that! Dusty hasn't stopped smiling, nor have we for that matter. So, we didn't "rescue" Dioji ... he rescued us. And not a day goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that Dioji came into our lives. He's the greatest!
Panda, a landseer newfoundland, was adopted 10 years ago. At first he was afraid of everything and it took about a year for him to transition into the strong boy he has been ever since. His dad says that Panda has been his best friend! This photo was submitted May 2010.
GRASP dog gives back...Meet Abraham...adopted by foster in 2007 and now is a certified therapy dog. Abraham (Hammy) is working with children in school helping them learn to read! This photo was submitted May 2010.
Rufus, a chocolate lab with allergy issues, was adopted in January 2010. As of April, his mom says he's doing wonderfully! Almost all of the hairless spots now have hair on them and his eyes are back to normal. Rufus loves his new brothers, Rocky (Doberman), and his mom's two sons Ethan and Damon. This photo, submitted May 2010, is of Rufus with Rocky.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know how wonderful it's been with George (no photo provided). He is certainly "part of the family" now. Everyone loves him and comments on how beautiful he is and how proud he stands - even family members who are not "dog people" give George compliments. So, all is good here, thanks for the opportunity. ~AP
In late 2009 we told you about Sampson, a gentle, orange & white stray brought into a local vet clinic with a broken leg. The good samaratin who found him suspected that he'd been hit by a car, and while she did make a financial donation, she couldn't assume responsibility for his medical care, nor could she bring him into her home to recover after treatment. GRASP was phoned for help and we decided to apply some money remaining in our Angel Fund toward his vet care. Tragically, X-rays of Sampson's leg revealed that he was not hit by a car, but shot in the leg! His femur was shattered and pieces of the bullet were littered around inside of his leg, so the entire leg had to be amputated. The vet who did Sampson's surgery offered to take him home for fostering and both the Democrat & Chronicle and TV Channel 13 did news stories on him. Dozens upon dozens of calls came flooding in with offers of financial support and interest in adopting Sampson. Sampson recovered beautifully and found his forever home as is doing well.
In early 2009 we told you about a kitten found by a local mail carrier lying motionless near the side of the road. We reached out to all of you for financial (Angel Fund) and foster-care help. Lucky had the eye surgery she needed, went into foster care, healed beautifully and was adopted by a wonderful family. Here is an April 2010 photo of our one-eyed kitten looking amazing!
Spanky found his forever home in August 2009. Spanky is now known as Dalton. He turned 1 years old May 2010 and got a new buddy named Dillon (shown on right) for his birthday! They hit it off right away.
Michelle (and Steve, Melissa & Mackenzie)
Libby at home, one year later...enjoying a nap in her favorite place!
Hi my name is Barkley and I just got adopted by a loving family The Carrions... When I first got to my new home I was really nervous,but each day I'm adjusting and getting more comfortable with my new surroundings..I have two fur sisters Sophie & Lilo,not sure of Lilo yet she's a cat,but getting to know her,so far so good...I'm so happy I finally get to call the place I'm in home!We just love Barkley so much,I'm so thankful for the GRASP program and a special thank you to Alicia,Sharon,Mike and Stephanie for giving us this opportunity to give Barkley a new home