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My name is Maxine Hellman and I live in New York City with my three cats. I love to travel and have touched foot on every continent. Nothing compares to traveling to new places and meeting and experiencing different cultures and their people. The memories of your trips will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, travel is no longer an option because I would not enjoy myself knowing that my pets were being boarded. I love animals and this home page is dedicated to my pets and their fur friends.

I had a Pekingese named Cream Puff for 12-1/2 years before she left for the Bridge. Because I always have to have at least one pet in my life, I went to the Humane Society where I adopted a 10-month old male cat named Buck. Buck was born with neurological damage and a spinal deformity. Unfortunately, he was only with me one year before he joined Cream Puff at the Bridge. More about the Bridge and some of its residents later.

My neighbor had, for years, tried to talk me into getting a cat. Although I always liked cats, I never entertained the thought of actually getting one. When Buck went to the Bridge, this neighbor once again approached me saying that it was a good time to think about adopting another cat. She volunteers for two cat rescue groups and said that we would have access to cats of all shapes, colors and sizes. The idea was very appealing and although I knew in my heart that Cream Puff and Buck could never be replaced, I was ready to consider another cat. Diane telephoned her rescue friends, Philip Gonzales, (author of the book, "Ginny: The Dog Who Rescues Cats") and his partner, Sheilah Harris. On January 4, 1997 they picked us up and took us to their vet in Long Beach, New York, where Brandee and Marlee were caged and waiting for new homes. I fell in love with them immediately, and so began the saga of.......


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