This is a video of Saturn, posted April 8, 2013.
Here’s the information for the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter if you want to visit or call them about Saturn or any other animal.
600 Garden Ave
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 665-2444
This is the one picture I have of Bear (top). I just want to give you some information about her as a cat. Again, I need to state I’ve never met Saturn so she may not be Bear, the cat I lost in 2011. She wasn’t very friendly around the other cats because they bullied her. She was also very wary of new people and just didn’t respond at all to some. Whenever she was hungry, she would follow me around and constantly meow until she had the food right in front of her. She was the perfect cat to just sit and relax with. And if I was sitting back, she would hop up onto the couch and plop down right on my stomach to relax with me. Lastly, if you truly connect with her, she’ll love you so much.
The Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter will have the cat Saturn (bottom) posted under adoptable animals.
In 2011, I was babysitting for a couple. They had three cats, but one stood out to me. She had long black and brownish fur, an adorable face, a big belly, and eyes that just screamed “I need to be loved”. The mother introduced me to her baby and three cats, the black beauty being Bear. Three months later and I’m still babysitting and spending time with the baby and petting Bear during nap time. Even during the short time Bear and I interacted we connected so well.
One time we were sitting on the couch together, her sitting on my stomach, and I’d be petting her when all of a sudden she bit my chin. I got upset and made her sit on the floor. A couple minutes later, when I was laying on my stomach on the floor, she came up to me and apologized by licking my chin.
Shortly after the three months mark, the couple decided to move. It was too far for me to commute, so we had our goodbyes. Before I left, the mother told me they were going to euthanize Bear before they move into their new place. I knew the other cats bullied Bear and Bear didn’t get along with most people, but it still stayed in my mind how we connected. My heart dropped and I automatically offered to bring Bear to a shelter instead. She agreed and, after our goodbyes, she let me bring Bear into my boyfriend’s car.
It was late when we finally left. I started calling any animal shelter in the area to see where I could bring Bear, but none were open at the time. I texted a friend who I thought could help but he never replied. We drove around for about an hour calling anyone we thought could help until we got to our last resort: calling my mom.
We live in an apartment that charges extra for animals, and I knew my mom had been sick enough of my hamster so asking to hold the cat for one night was intimidating but necessary. We fought on the phone until it came to me coming inside with the cat or sleeping in the car. My boyfriend drove me to his place and we stayed in the car with Bear for awhile. Around 11PM my mom calls and says it’s okay to bring the cat for the night at her best friend’s place.
We drove to my mom’s friend’s place and had everything arranged for the next day. My boyfriend picks Bear up and I dash to open the garage door, but the loud noise scared Bear and she scratched his arms to get him to drop her and she ran away. We were out till 2AM looking for her. I was so worried for her, and we were right near a major road with cars that sped by. My boyfriend eventually brought me inside and tried to console me. I called the town’s hall and filed a report, checked Petfinder’s website, and called all the shelters near my town, but no sign of Bear. I even started making posters, but my mom tried to get me to stop “moping” and kept me busy with family and her friends. After three weeks of looking, I couldn’t handle it anymore. I couldn’t keep calling shelters and hearing that there was nothing new. The hope I held was constantly being crushed every time I would call a shelter and every time my mom or a friend would tell me to quit looking.
2 and a half years later and I remembered Bear all the time. The guilt and thoughts about how I could have done more. The need to look didn’t start scratching at me again until my boyfriend’s friend brought up her cat stories and I told her about Bear. It hit me again full force with the fact that I had no idea what happened to her. If she was ever found, if someone brought her in, if she was put in a shelter.
Tuesday, January 28th, I found Bear. On a whim, after bringing up Bear after all that time, I checked Petfinder and put in her description. Multiple photos, and I find one that looks like her. I call and email, but find it isn’t her. After the first pinch of hope, though, I couldn’t stop looking. I kept looking through pages of pictures and using the one picture I have of her as comparison. Finally, I’m looking at one picture and notice a video link to Youtube, “Saturn Playful Long Haired Cat”. The minute I see her on the video, I knew it was her. I was so happy. I’ve never cried so hard. The brownish black fur, her attitude, and the description of her fit Bear to a T. I call and ask about when they got her and let them know I think she’s my cat. They were very nice and offered to let me see her the next day, which I initially agreed to. It wasn’t until I realized that I couldn’t take her home. Still living with my mom I’d need to get her permission, and I’d just quit my job. The truth hit me like a train. I couldn’t bring her back home. And I knew I couldn’t go see her, and know it was her, just to go home without her. It would break my heart.
Thankfully, she’s at a no-kill shelter, but I still want her to find a loving healthy home where she can play everyday with someone who will love her like I do. I want to just state that I’ve never seen Saturn in person, and because of this I may be wrong. This may not be Bear, even though my mind, my eyes, and my heart say she is. But even if she isn’t, the worst I did was try to help find a good home for a lonely cat. Thank you so much for reading this and please pass on the information to friends, family, and anyone who can help.