Beautiful NC ginger girl’s letter to “Santa” asking for her THIRD forever home will make you cry

This is Gigi, a beautiful ginger girl who is currently in a North Carolina foster home awaiting her THIRD forever home. Gigi even wrote a letter to Santa asking for his help. Caution: Gigi’s wish for a family to call her own will make you cry.

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I saw Gigi’s letter on Saturday and contacted Alley Cats and Angels of NC for more information.

Gigi’s letter to Santa posted on Facebook

This is what they have to say about this sweet girl

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Gigi is a really nice girl. She’s had two homes but they ended up not being forever homes due to circumstances.

However, she MUST be an only cat. She gets combative around other cats. She cannot come to adoption events because they are so stressful for her and because of the other cats. We have to hope someone sees her online and falls in love. Approved applicants can meet her in her foster home in Zebulon, NC.

She was fostered with a super laid back cat-friendly dog for about a year but that’s been several years ago so we’re not sure how she would do around a dog now.

We would consider out of area adoptions for the right applicant. But preference is local (few hour radius from Raleigh area) in case it doesn’t work out and she needs to come back. We make a lifetime commitment to our cats and will always take them back. Below is her cage card info.

Gigi is a lap cat and prefers to be near people. She enjoys being petted and scratched and she likes to play with her favorite toy – a feather on the end of a long string with a wand. She will drag her toy into the room by the feather and leave it so you will see it and play with her. She also likes catnip toys and chasing after Super Balls (bouncy balls about one inch in diameter).

Gigi enjoys napping in a cat tree or other quiet place and looking out the window. Gigi uses a scratching pad to sharpen her claws instead of the furniture 99% of the time. She is very careful on surfaces she frequents. She doesn’t knock items over or off shelves or tables. She doesn’t eat people food, nor does she have interest in it.

It can take Gigi a while to get used to a new person and would prefer a calm and quiet home without young children. Once Gigi is used to a person, she welcomes their attention and returns their affection. Gigi is not afraid of strangers, her current foster home is having some work done and Gigi went right up to the contractor and allowed herself to be petted.

Gigi has been fostered in a home with an older, cat-friendly dog and did well, but it has been several years. Gigi is a pretty orange girl who was originally adopted from Alley Cats and Angels as a kitten. Sadly, when one of her parents passed away, Gigi was returned to find another home. Not having been around other cats, Gigi does not like other cats and must be an only cat.

She was adopted again as an only cat but returned 2.5 years later because her adopter was getting married and she did not get along with the fiancé’s cat.

Now seven years old (estimated date of birth is February 6, 2011), Gigi has tested FeLV/FIV negative, treated for intestinal parasites, fleas, and ear mites. FVRCP+FeLV vaccinated (initial vaccination and booster) and rabies vaccinated, spayed and microchipped with Home Again microchips with rescue paid registration.

The fee to adopt Gigi is $100. Please contact Alley Cats and Angels of NC via email at in**@al****************.org if you think Gigi may be the girl for you and be sure to share her story in the Raleigh, North Carolina area.

You can keep up with Gigi by clicking on her Facebook thread. Photos courtesy of Alley Cats and Angels of NC.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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24 Responses

  1. Sharon says:

    I have a large community of friends in the pet community on FaceBook.. I shared this post about GiGi and hopefully someone will adopt her.. it would only stress her more if I did since I have dogs, cats and children but I did share so fingers crossed! Also I am connected with a group who will do transport… I was involved in a transport getting a kitty from AL to PA.

  2. That’s a severe judgment when you don’t know the circumstances. If my cat guardian family member (my son) were to die, I couldn’t take his cat (I’m barely able to have my own in my room rental.) None of his friends could either. So, I guess that makes us “creeps” in your eyes.

    The world is full of creeps who shouldn’t have pets or children, that end up getting abused or killed, either by ignorance or intentionally. I save my judgment for those people, even though they may be mentally/emotionally ill, cat hoarders, indiscriminate breeders and people who cruelly remove feral cat shelters.

    Your own words give one reason that many relatives/friends can’t adopt the deceased’s beloved pet. “I’m not adopting another cat because my first obligation is to the cats I have already taken guardianship over.”

    Does this make you a “creep”? I don’t think so…..and there are plenty of cat loving people in your identitcal situation. “Creeps with too many cats?”

  3. I understand what you’re saying, and the reality is that not everyone’s family can take on their deceased or committed family’s pets. Everyone has different living situations, as you must know.

    And many who have pets, don’t have money to leave in trust for their pets.

    I don’t have any money other than my Social Security. I do feed my cat the best raw food I can, even if it means I eat beans and rice. I want to contribute to her health and longevity.

    When her dental bill last year was over $1000, (after interviewing 5 vets) I recieved some financial help from friends and family. What also helped was that I was homeless for 6 months, sleeping on a friend’s couch with my cat confined in her guest room.

    The fact that I wasn’t paying rent helped, although I was saving for the very expensive move in costs of $2400 for the tiny (cell like) room I’m in now.

    My will states that if I die before my cat, I want her to be euthanized, by my close friend. She’s not a cat that would easily adapt to a new home. She was previously feral, and still retains some fear of people. I would rather she be dead than suffer stress involved in placing her with new people. None of my friends can take her because they all have territorial cats, and don’t have the patience to do what might work.

    I’m responsible for her, and even go beyond what a vet might recommend for food, drugs, and other of their “opinions”. People actually call on me for advice before taking their cats to the vet. I did hear a sad story yesterday, and know that the cat guardian was taken advantage of by the vet, before I had a chance to talk with her.

    I’m unusual in that I don’t believe that death is the worst thing that we all face.

    • M.E. King says:

      The family that can take a beloved pet of a deceased family member to the shelter are creeps. But we see it every day and the world is full of creeps.

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      Sandra if you ever need help please post a GoFundMe or your PayPal address to my wall and I’ll share. I can vouch for you not being a con artist. You’re one of the few I’d feel safe to ask friends to help out.

  4. M.E. King says:

    I’m not adopting another cat because my first obligation is to the cats I have already taken guardianship over.
    I simply do not understand how people view their family members as disposable in so many common welcome to life situations.
    How does well got a new SO and the cats don’t get along lets get rid of one dump it in a shelter.
    Michael I bet after dumping Ginger they have or will shortly get a kitten because kittens are easier to work into a multicat household. So while Ginger sits in a shelter/rescue a new kitten will replace her.
    Right now my husband and I are living in separate cities to keep our jobs and maintain a safe home for our cats and will continue to do so until we can move them safely to a new permanent home no matter how long it takes.
    I just going to drag the soapbox a little further here and vent on what I think of relatives that dump their mothers/fathers/or other family members pet at the local shelter when someone passes on like old trash many of which end up being killed. Forever an abandoned cat named Taffy who screamed for help when she seen me at the shelter after being dumped by the loving (NOT) family of her guardian at 8. I wish with all my heart to this day I had just said pack her up too.
    It’s the final insult to a life to be discarded while the family no doubt divided the furniture.
    People need to leave their money in trust for their pets.

  5. Jamie says:

    Personally Bethany seems like a very unhappy depressing nuisance that just enjoys pissing on others parade.
    Maybe she should just stick dolls, they can’t feel, talk back, or feel pain when she pulls their hair.
    Likely could use a good roll in the hay too…..poor thing.

  6. Jamie says:

    Personally Bethany seems like a very unhappy depressing nuisance that just enjoys pissing on others parade.
    Maybe she should just stick dolls, they can’t feel talk back, or feel pain when she pulls their hair.
    Likely could use a good roll in the hay too…..poor thing.

  7. AbbyandSadiesMom/USA says:

    This is really surprising that Gigi is still available. In our area, ginger cats are in high demand and when we get them, they’re not in the shelter very long. Ginger cats are also usually male, so the fact that Gigi isn’t really surprises me that she’s still available. Wishing her all of the best.

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      I think the issue here is going to be Gigi being an only cat. This means the person who adopts her can’t have a cat already and must commit to Gigi for the next 10-15 years during which time they won’t be able to adopt a second cat because Gigi won’t tolerate another cat in the family. The rescue is going to have to screen her case very carefully.

      • AbbyandSadiesMom/USA says:

        You’re probably correct. Sounds like Gigi may be perfect for a spry retiree looking for a lap cat and only wants one. That may be the best scenario.

  8. M.E. King says:

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if people returned their children like they do the animals they promise to be lifetime guardians to.

    • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

      The allergic ones really get me. I’M allergic to cats. That’s what they make loratadine tablets for.

      • Bethany A. says:

        So? Why aren’t you adopting her instead of just whining about it? Do you expect everyone else to do what you yourself refuse to do because you can’t even walk the walk you talk? Hypocrite much? SMH

        • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

          If you even bothered to read the article you’d see Gigi needs to be an only cat. She must also stay within the Raleigh area. I’m 6 hours from Raleigh.

          • Bethany A. says:

            Cheap and lame excuse. You have no way of keeping one cat separated from any others? The same lame and cheap excuse that Michael Broad uses (birds of a feather). ANYONE who has more than one cat knows that you’re just blowing smoke out of your own self-righteous ass.

            • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

              You need to adjust your meds. Your sociopathic tendencies are coming through.

            • AbbyandSadiesMom/USA says:

              Bethany, you are being inconsiderate not only to Elisa but to the forum in general. Elisa has many cats and she’s been rescuing cats for YEARS! What have you done lately for the betterment of society?

              Separating a shy cat who already has issues is only making matters worse. Gigi is the type of cat who needs to be the center of attention 24/7 by someone who is patient and loving and is willing to allow her to come out of her shell on her own terms.

              Criticizing others and calling them names only makes you look like a fool and someone not worth paying attention to. If that was your intent, you’ve attained your goal. Congratulations.

              • Michael Broad says:

                Gail, Bethany is banned. She is Woody is drag I believe. A troll. But thanks for arguing against her. Nice work.

              • Elisa Black-Taylor says:

                We have a few cats who enjoy their privacy. We have sleeping spots set up both on the washing machine and in the small bathroom. My main work since we stopped shelter rescue (although I’ve written around 7,000 articles on shelter cats and dogs) has been TNR. 11 have been fixed to date, including 3 alpha males. I videoed the release of several and posted to feral groups. My life is full so I don’t start trouble like Bethany. She really needs to get a hobby.

        • Carol Brandt says:

          Well, well, it’s Bethany from the most recent post regarding the kitten torturer. I suspect everybody but you on this site has adopted as many cats as they can. I know that is the case for me. Something tells me you are the hypocrite, Bet Bet.

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