Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys


For every rescued cat, there’s a story. Some rescue stories are heartwarming, inspiring and joyful. Some make you weep for what some cats had to endure before finding their forever home, and others make you marvel at the serendipity that is so often part of a rescue.

The twelve cats in Rescued, a collection of stories edited by Janiss Garza, the human behind the late Sparkle the Designer Cat and publisher of the Sparkle Cat blog, come from all sorts of backgrounds. They’re library cats, bloggers, and mystery stars. Their true life rescue stories are told in the cats’ voices.

There is Rama, a black cat with a panther heart who receives guidance from the black cat who came before and slowly learns to trust and love her humans. There is Rascal and his brother Rocco, become part of a loving family after losing their previous home not once, but twice, when their elderly guardians could no longer care for them. And there’s Ryker, who shares the story of his rescue from the Rainbow Bridge and keeps an eye on his person’s other cats and provides advice from beyond.


The stories will touch your heart. Even though the twelve stories are all different, they are also universal stories of compassion, caring and love. As you meet the cats, you will, no doubt, think about your own rescue cat’s story. This book is both a tribute to the resilience of rescue cats and a love letter to these special cats.

Each contributing author chose a rescue to receive a portion of the profits from the book’s sales. To read more about the rescues being promoted by the contributors, please visit Sparkle Cat.

I received a copy of this book from the editor. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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8 Comments on Review: Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes

  1. I just want to address a comment to any person who is considering the rescue/adoption of a cat who is in a difficult circumstance: please do it! We have rescued two cats who had been in difficult circumstances and we have been so happy as a result. Potential adopters might hesitate to choose certain cats because they don’t appear to be friendly. This is unfortunate because it may mean that the cat never finds a home. A cat who has been abused, neglected, or abandoned and forced to live in a semi-feral way, generally will behave in a withdrawn or defensive manner – but this behavior is not necessarily permanent! Please remember that once the threats are removed the cat will be able to heal and his or her true personality will appear. Cats are incredibly resilient creatures. They are able to move on and bond with people who show them care.

    Our beloved Duncan had been left alone in an unoccupied house for six months. He was a purebred Ragdoll, and as anyone familiar with the breed knows, Ragdolls are natural companions and it is detrimental to leave them alone for extended periods of time. When we adopted him he was terrified. He had never been outside of that house (except to go to the vet) since he was a kitten; he was six when we adopted him. He knew nothing else and he didn’t know us. He howled for hours at night for the first two weeks and he hid from us. He trembled. It took patience, giving him a lot of space, letting him observe us from a place that he felt safe – and did I mention patience… but eventually not only did he recover his witty, friendly, chatty, charming personality, he became the heart of our home.

    We adopted Riley in September. He had been abandoned and was living with a colony of feral cats. His personality drew the attention of rescuers, but it took months to trap him (he was drawn to people but was wary and frightened), so he had to spend a very cold winter outside. When he was trapped, he was neutered and the vet clipped his ear because he was assumed to be feral. The woman who trapped him took him home for fostering and beyond his withdrawn, defensive behavior it was apparent that he had been a house cat, probably as a kitten. There are a few theories about how he came to be outside: he may have been the pet of college students who adopted him for the school year then let him go, the pet of a family that couldn’t afford to neuter him and who let him go when he sprayed, or the pet of a family that moved and abandoned him. When we adopted him, we expected a process and timeframe similar to Duncan’s (it was several months before Dunc was entirely comfortable with us); we were surprised when after one week if hiding Riley forced himself to approach us and sit close to us. That evening, he was so frightened that he kept his tail tucked up along the length of his belly, but he stayed right with us. From there his progress was rapid and steady. In only a few weeks he was showing his huge, fun personality. We are so happy he is with us, and clearly he is happy too.

    So, if you are on the fence: TAKE A CHANCE ON A CHALLENGED CAT! You will be so happy that you did!

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with Duncan and Riley, Arden. It takes a lot of dedication to work with “difficult” cats, but as your story so beautifully illustrates, it’s also incredibly rewarding.

  2. I need to order this. And thanks for recommending A Snowflake in My Hand recently. I had never heard of it and I ended up loving it.

  3. I operate Catman2 Inc. The first no-kill cat’s only car rescue, shelter, and adoption center in western NC. We are an open shelter, without cages and have saved more than 3500 cats since 2012 when we opened. See us in our webpage I have also published 4 cat books and a anti-bullying video to help young children not become bullies. It uses cats as actors.Harold

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