Gracie Is Safe, Thanks To You

 |  Aug 1st 2011  |   21 Contributions


Gracie the cat can rest easy now. She will be allowed to stay at her home in Snug Harbor. Photo by Jan Somma-Hammel for the Staten Island Advance

Last week I reported on the perilous situation of Gracie, a community cat who had lived the entire 16 years of her life at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island, N.Y.

Gracie won your hearts and her plight inspired you to take action. You spread the word, sharing the article on your Facebook pages and through your networks. E-mails poured into Snug Harbor's administration. Somebody created a petition--which has gathered more than 600 signatures in four days--urging the administration to let Gracie stay at the only home she's ever known.

Well, guess what? You did it!

Yesterday, the Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare reported on its Facebook page that Gracie is staying put:

I have confirmation that Gracie will be allowed to stay at Snug Harbor.Please know that Gracie is being closely monitored and any change will not be acceptable and we'll make sure to let you all know. I'm sure Gracie would be flattered and touched by an outpouring of support from around the globe, I know we all are. She is a much-loved golden gal, and will enjoy her little porch because we gave her a voice when she so desperately needed one.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in the fight for what was right for sweet Gracie.

I am truly awed and humbled to be a part of such an incredible community. I'm proud of all of you for taking action on Gracie's behalf. Each and every one of you made a difference, and you have proven that although the voice of one person may not be easy to hear, the voices of many can and do create change.

Thank you so much for your caring and compassion. Thank you for taking the time to write e-mails, call Snug Harbor, share Gracie's story, and create and sign that petition.

Although Gracie is just one cat in a world of millions, your actions prove that when you get together for any cause you believe in, you can change the world. And you did -- at least for one elderly cat whose life would have been turned upside down if it hadn't been for you.

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