September 25, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Seeking Kittens, A Respectful Request to the Lyme-Old Lyme Community

To the Editor:

We are on the lookout for two adoptable kittens.  We hope to find a pair of orange tabby sisters, but we are flexible, assuming that they are, too.

We lost Finn last year with an inoperable carcinoma diagnosis.  We are grateful that our veterinarian was able to help all three of us get through Finn’s final few months.

Finn was a rescue, and started life in the NYU freshman dormitory; remaining there until expulsion appeared inevitable (n. b., Finn’s expulsion). She re-located to Old Lyme and remained with us for more than fifteen years.

Our new kittens will have big paws to fill. Finn was a true raconteur and was very willing to share her world view with either of us. She had the gift of reflecting our emotions and responding in kind.

Finn was predominantly an indoor cat, but would occasionally venture out into the gardens with either of us. There’s now a very active fox population in Greater Library Lane, so our next kittens will likely be exclusively indoors.

Finn was very proud of her birding life list, and we assume that our new kittens will have that same hobby. Our home’s design enables clear views of the marsh, the bird feeders, and the Duck River from many comfortable spots in the house.

          In return, we offer a loving home, great conversation, solid veterinary care, good food, and clean litter.

Note that we are already on a few waiting lists in SE CT.


Christina J. & Thomas D. Gotowka,
Old Lyme.


  1. Stephanie Lombardo RN says

    Have you visited or applied to Forgotten Felines on the Westbrook/Clinton line? It’s an amazing all-volunteer cat shelter with about 100 current residents. Kitten season is underway, so you would do well to apply soon, to be approved to adopt when your next pets might be rescued. Good luck!

  2. Christina J. & Thomas D. Gotowka says

    Thank you. We’ll follow up on that suggestion. We hope to welcome Fenway and Wrigley onto Library Lane very soon.