Review: Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Dawn White


When Dawn White first saw the photo of a sick, pathetic looking tabby on Facebook, she was looking for a companion for her then almost three-year-old black and white Lexy. At the time, Lola was being cared for at Manhattan Cat Specialists after being rescued from a kill shelter. As happens to so many of us, there  was something in Lola’s eyes that drew Dawn in. She visited Lola at the veterinary clinic, and it was, as she writes in Lola: Diary of a Rescue Cat, “the second best decision I ever made,” the first being, of course, adopting Lexy eight months earlier.

The book chronicles Lola’s story, in her own words, from being abandoned in a dumpster in Harlem on a cold winter night to her time in a shelter, the veterinary hospital, and her forever home with Dawn.

I was familiar with Lola’s story and had met Dawn on a trip to New York City last December. Hearing the story told from Lola’s purrspective made it even more poignant. This is a universal story that will resonate with anyone who has ever opened their heart and home to a rescue cat.  After some initial challenges, Lola settles into Dawn’s household and even though Lexy is not all that thrilled with the new family member at first, Lola’s indomitable spirit wins her over eventually.

The book is divided into two parts. The first half features Lola’s diary, the second half is a collection of heartwarming stories about other rescued cats submitted by friends of Lola. This section also includes Lexy’s story.


It’s impossible to not love this high spirited, joyful little cat. Lola’s story is a testament to how cats live in the moment. She appreciates everything about her new life, and never looks back to the dark days in her past. True to her generous spirit, Lola is paying her good fortune forward: she has a very active Facebook page where she promotes animal rescue.

This charming book will delight anyone who has ever loved a rescued cat. Interspersed with plenty of photos of Lola and Lexy, Lola’s engaging voice will capture your heart.

For more information about Dawn and Lola, please visit

Photo of Lola via her Facebook page

8 Comments on Review: Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Dawn White

  1. mary lape
    October 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm (6 years ago)

    Can you tell me where to get the book and for how much

    • Ingrid
      October 25, 2014 at 7:02 am (6 years ago)

      Click through on the link, Mary. The book is available from Amazon.

  2. Fur Everywhere
    October 19, 2014 at 10:45 am (6 years ago)

    I really love stories told from a kitty’s point of view, and this one sounds great! I’m definitely putting it on my “to read” list.

  3. Dawn and Lola
    October 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks so much for a wonderful review. Lola and I enjoyed writing her story to share with others. 🙂

    • Ingrid
      October 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm (6 years ago)

      My pleasure, Dawn and Lola!

  4. Ellen Pilch
    October 18, 2014 at 11:33 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for letting us know about this book, I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Melissa & Truffles
    October 17, 2014 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    This book sounds like a needs a spot on the top of my TBR pile!

  6. Steve howard
    October 17, 2014 at 1:16 am (6 years ago)

    Rescue cats are the absolute best!


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