Hot To Adopt | Fresh Step

My cat “Manny” came into life during my freshman year of college, within the first month of moving down to South Carolina. At just 7 weeks old and far too young to be on his own, I broke all the rules of living in a dorm to keep him safe and healthy. I wasn’t even that fond of cats yet I couldn’t imagine what would have happened to him if I turned my back and decided not to rescue this life changing pet.

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Fast-forward 7 years and you’ll find me and my best companion living in New York City together, and honestly I don’t know where I’d be without him by my side. Throughout all my growing pains and triumphs, our relocations from South Carolina to the tri-state area, and every heartbreak/emotional rollercoaster in-between, Manny never turned his back on me – returning the favor of his rescue, if you will.

At the same time he taught me the vital lesson of considering another life before my own, to hold responsibility of providing and adapt the willingness to do so. Manny has made me a better person and I couldn’t be more appreciative of him for it.


Just like Manny, there are millions of cats that hold the same ability to change someone’s life for the better. Unfortunately so many enter shelters each year, most often at an adult age, and less than half get adopted. Due to this circumstance, Fresh Step is on a mission to help every shelter cat find a forever home & has recruited several of us influencers to spread the word and share our love of felines!

In light of the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) season, Katie Cassidy hosted Fresh Step’s Hot to Adopt Feline Fashion Lounge and Adoption Event that brought felines and fashion together to turn the “cat lady” stigma upside down and showcase it’s #Hot2Adopt!

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By debuting a limited edition Hot to Adopt tee (seen above & below) available for purchase, a portion ($7.50) of the purchase price of Fresh Step’s specially designed tee will benefit shelter cats across the country. You can join the movement and sport your appreciation with your own tee available on

Now through October you can celebrate “Feline Fashion Fridays” with Fresh Step by posting a picture each Friday with your kitty friend on Instagram, using the hashtag #FreshStepContest. You could win free Fresh Step litter (YAS QUEEN), a $250 VISA Gift Card (SCORE) and the limited edition #Hot2Adopt tee!

Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze litter doesn’t just mask odors, it eliminates them. Created with cats’ health and happiness in mind, Fresh Step with the Power of Febreze is the perfect match for both cats and their owners” (especially if you live in a small space, studio apartment!)