Our Lives | ADOPT ME!

Determined to 'adopt, not shop,' a young woman meets the cat of her dreams

Sarah, who had been found abandoned in a box as a tiny kitten in April 2017, was first featured in Adopt Me! last year. From being dumped, then rescued, then featured in The Japan Times, the dreamy-white glam girl caught the eye of Emmy van Gemert, a native of the Netherlands and Tokyo resident.

“I was determined to adopt, not shop,” van Gemert says, “I had always lived with cats and dogs in Holland and, this year, I finally moved into a pet-friendly apartment, so I knew it was time. There are too many unwanted animals in the world.”

Van Gemert adopted Sarah, now rechristened Momo, and says she was “perfectly adjusted within a week.” Momo is now “the center of my world … apologies to the boyfriend!”

With Momo in her life, van Gemert says her life feels more stable now.

“Being without animals was really odd,” she says. “I had wanted a cat I could really share affection with, so I had asked for one that was friendly and affectionate.”

Her prayers were answered, it seems this is a match made in heaven.

“My wish came true 300 percent,” she says.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, email ARK at Tokyoark@arkbark.net or call 050-1557-2763 Monday to Saturday (bilingual) for more information. Tokyo ARK is an NPO founded by Briton Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Prospective owners are requested to undergo a screening process. Web: www.arkbark.net

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