Stella's Obsessions: How I Saved a Homeless kitten

Stella's Obsessions: How I Saved a Homeless kitten

My cat Bad Gal River's first birthday helped me decide to run the 2018 NYC Marathon for the ASPCA.

My cat Bad Gal River's first birthday helped me decide to run the 2018 NYC Marathon for the ASPCA.

Text: Stella Pak

River was a two-week old kitten found in the back alley of my friend’s building in Riverside, NY the beginning of fall last year. She was fragile, but the cutest little angel, stumbling around the apartment with a fuzzy edge around her silhouette. Abandoned by her mother, she was malnourished and riddled with fleas and worms. There were moments I was scared she wouldn’t make it because I wasn’t up to the task. I found myself improvising on how to be a cat-mom with every whine she made. My friend, Tony and I took her to the vet, gave her flea baths and medication like clockwork until we were confident she was ok at about 2 months old. Now, she’s almost a year old with so much curiosity and attitude. She watches me put on makeup in the morning and knocks my phone out of my hand when I’m texting for took long–earning her hashtag, #BadGalRiver.

Now that River’s almost a year old, it’s fitting that my run-wife, Heather convinced me to run the 2018 NYC Marathon with our friends, Samantha and Gemma for the ASPCA. The goal is to raise $3,500 to help fund their programs rescuing homeless and abused animals. If you’ve been in the market for a pet, I check out one of the ASPCA locations in your area. It takes a bit of patience to raise a pet that’s up for adoption. They’re a bit vulnerable and require extra attention than most. But if you’re up to the task, the saying goes, “Adopt. Don’t Shop.”

Maybe I’ll run a marathon every year for a different charity. But for 2018, it’s all about Team #BadGalRiver.

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