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Gabby’s homeless past is a distant memory

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 | Posted by

This counted cross stitch of Christmas Kittens is one of the four creations Megan Clark has donated to help with the group’s fundraising efforts.


No one is quite sure how long Gabby had been homeless, only that she lived on the streets near Clark Avenue in Cloverdale, foraging for food by day and seeking a safe place to sleep at night.

One day, about five years ago, the large black cat was rescued by Feline Rescue of Northern California and her life was changed forever.

Megan Clark adopted Gabby and the two of them have become the best of friends.

Feline Rescue is a six-year old, all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Cloverdale and other parts of Sonoma County.  They provide services for 400-600 homeless cats and kittens each year, including spay/neuter and all other veterinary care needed. Their rescues are placed in loving foster homes while they await adoption.

Mary Braem Foster, President of the organization, first met Megan Clark when Clark agreed to adopt Gabby. Even though it meant paying an additional $400 damage deposit – which she arranged to pay over time – and helping Gabby adjust to life inside her tiny apartment, Clark didn’t hesitate. Gabby quickly adapted to her new home, and today, she and Clark are the best of friends.

Gabby is “purr”fectly content in her new forever home.

Foster says, “Every month for the past five years, I’ve received a $10 or $20 donation from “Gabby,” thanking Feline Rescue for helping her find such a wonderful home.”

Clark’s hobby is counted cross stitch, and, so far, she has created four exquisite pieces for Feline Rescue to use in fundraising efforts.  The first piece took her more than a year to complete

“We are fortunate to have many “Megan Clarks” in our community with generous hearts and so much to give,” says Foster.

To find out more about Feline Rescue, or to become either a donor or a volunteer, visit them online at feline-rescue.com or call Mary at 494-5544.

(Photos: Mary Braem Foster)

  • Teresa Goates

    Awwww, how sweet. <3 I love stories like these. Thank you, Mary Jo. And by the way, I used to do counted cross~stich (back when I had eyeballs that could see), and lemme tell ya, it's not easy. She does beautiful work.

  • Scott

    I’m pained to see stray, sickly cats, but I can’t just bring them all home. Something like that didn’t stop Megan Clark and she is a class act for doing something about it. This made my day.

  • Deborah Mitchel Serval

    My 11 year old cat Linus came to as a give away, and he thinks I have made his life a good place!!
    Cats, they love to think they own us, and we know they DO!!

  • patty cake

    My 2 babies came as rescue kittens also, and I agree they do “own us”…but what the heck, they don’t ask for much – love, hugs, kisses food & water

    Love rescue.

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