Category Archives: Special Guest Post

Special Guest Post: Vote for FurKids!

“Going to great lengths” to rescue cats is standard operating procedure at Furkids, Georgia’s largest, no-kill, cage-free cat shelter caring for 500 cats and 100 dogs.  Not only do we rescue cats from throughout the state of Georgia — we also do everything possible to give them the highest quality of life possible — no matter their needs.  Below is just one example of many stories that show the lengths we go to in order to ensure our animals are healthy, safe, loved, and ultimately adopted.

Last year, we rescued a stray mother cat and her sickly kittens — two of these little kittens were named Billy the Kid and Jesse James.

The mom, Belle Star, was malnourished but trying desperately to feed her babies. The severity of sickness that afflicted the kittens, especially Billy and Jesse,  was overwhelming, and the photos of their condition upon intake moved all of us.

We all were overcome with grief at their condition, including our veterinarian, and especially for one kitten that did not survive. We all wished we had learned of this family sooner so that we could have spared them such suffering and we vowed to do everything we could to not only save them, but save their eyesight, too.

After examination and treatment orders were received, we quickly placed the cats with one of our highly experienced volunteers, Lisa. She worked diligently to keep up with the demanding medical regimen implemented by an ophthalmologist. Despite all our best efforts, Billy the Kid and Jesse James each lost one eye. Fortunately, they have perfect sight in their good eyes, and in every other aspect they are now healthy and happy kittens.

The weekly doctor visits and medications for the kittens were costly to our organization. A campaign for donations to support their care was contributed to generously by our huge network of volunteers and supporters.

We knew we would have a challenging time getting these cats placed not only because they were special needs but also because they were black.  We currently have so many black cats at our shelter that keep getting overlooked for adoption, despite their sweet personalities.  Therefore, we were fortunate and thrilled when Billy and Jesse were adopted…together!

Five months after we found them, this is what their adopters reported to us:

“The kittens, Jesse and Billy, are doing great! They have really adjusted to life with us – and they are hilarious. We’d forgotten how much energy kittens have. We have lots of play time with them, but their favorite game is chasing each other! Their most recent adventure is the sink – they love the faucet. We are very happy to have them, and so grateful to FurKids for rescuing them.”

 

Our volunteers say it the best:

“Less adoptable doesn’t mean not rescue-able at Furkids.”

“The people at the shelter and FIV house are real-life superheroes. They work tirelessly with unparalleled devotion to make sure all of the cats get the best care, love, and attention.”

“Every cat at Furkids has his or her own wonderful unique personality and deserves a forever home.”

Furkids is trying to win a car through Nalley’s Facebook contest, “DrivenforaCause.”  We are reaching out to our friends, including everyone here at Black Cat Rescue, to help by voting for us daily through June 30.  No registration (aside from a Facebook account) is required. Just one click to vote. A new vehicle for Furkids will allow us to save many more animals and ultimately unite them with forever families. Thank you! For more information about Furkids, please visit http://www.furkids.org.

Special Guest Post: Chico Cat Coalition

Sydney is available for adoption through the Chico Cat Coalition in Chico, CA.

What makes an animal rescue volunteer? Shelly from Chico Cat Coalition shares her thoughts!

As one of our most dedicated volunteers said, “Volunteering at an animal shelter isn’t like picking up litter, or participating in a bike ride. Those are very worthwhile events, and we are lucky that people are there to do those things…but with animals, once you look into their eyes, you’re done. You’re hooked. There’s no going back.”

Anyone who has spent any time at an animal shelter knows what she means. Animal shelter volunteers are an amazing group of people. Talk about being invested in your volunteer work – once you look into the eyes of a cat who is stray, feral, ill, injured, needs a home, needs YOUR HELP, you’re all in. Black cats are no exception,

I volunteer at the Chico Cat Coalition, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter in the northern California town of Chico. We came into existence in 1997 to rescue cats from Bidwell Park, a very large municipal park which had become the dumping ground for unloved, no-longer-wanted cats. The feral and stray population was growing out of control. A small group of cat lovers went to the park daily to feed the ever-growing cat colonies; while this kept the cats fed, it created other problems as well – it was drawing neighborhood cats to the park, the food would become bug-infested, and as word got around that the cats in the park were being fed, more and more cats were dumped.

The cats were suffering, the bird/small animal population was suffering, and the city of Chico was being harmed. The City Council passed a law banning the feeding of stray cats in Bidwell Park. It was now illegal to help the abandoned, starving feral cats in the park stay alive. A small group of unbelievably dedicated volunteers decided this was unacceptable.

Out of this law came something wonderful – the foundation of the Chico Cat Coalition. These volunteers banded together their own resources, time, know-how, cat food, cat traps, and set about rescuing every last one of the feral and stray cats from Bidwell Park. The City of Chico very wisely decided that this was a worthy pursuit, and eventually gave funding to the CCC. The funding from the City of Chico has since ended, but the Chico Cat Coalition lives on.

Now, 15 years later, nearly 1,000 cats have been rescued from Bidwell Park. Nearly 700 have been adopted out, and the feral cats will live out their lives at our sanctuary. It has NOT been easy, as anyone with knowledge of running an animal shelter can tell you.

It can be difficult to adopt out cats…especially adult cats…and especially, black cats. We currently have approximately 10 short-haired black cats at our sanctuary, waiting for their forever homes. But until those homes come, our dedicated group of volunteers will be there every day with food, health care, and love. Because we are hooked!

Learn more about the Chico Cat Coalition at www.chicocatcoalition.com and www.facebook.com/ChicoCatCoalition. To submit a guest post, please send a draft to info@blackcatrescue.com.

Special Guest Post: Black Cat St. Patrick’s Day

Vintage Irish Embroidered Linen Hankie, photo courtesy eBay/big*rapids, MI

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.  Groucho Marx

With thanks to Groucho, yes, a black cat crossing your path signifies that it is going somewhere.  Black cat lovers know that the “somewhere” could very likely be into your life and into your heart!

If a homeless black cat has entered your life, you probably have a special story to tell about how it happened, and how the lucky cat (or cats!) changed your life in unexpectedly positive ways.

Not only did you get to observe how sleek and beautiful, entertaining and loving black cats are, but you also made new best friends.  And that is lucky, indeed!  For those of you who haven’t had the experience, well…this lucky event could happen to you at any time!

As a follow-up to Black Cat Valentine’s day, we thought it would be fun to share some images that celebrate the ‘pot-o-gold’ that a black cat can bring to your life—created by artists and photographers who love black cats.

Black Cat-Good Luck-St. Patrick’s Day Irish Castle by Barbara Catherine Billotte/eBay BCB cat painting

Black Cat Shamrock Painting on Wood by Frances Gilotti, Etsy/ArtbyFrances

four black cats drinking from faucet

A Drink With Family on St. Patrick’s Day, by C Bernadette E. Kazmarski, http://portraitsofanimals.wordpress.com/

5x7 St. Patrick's day photo print pot of gold cat

St. Patrick’s Day Pot-of-Gold Black and Whte Cat by Renee, Etsy/RLynnPhotography

Art: Counting Clovers by Artist Tammy Fleetwood Moody

Counting Clovers by Tammy Fleetwood Moody/EBSQ Art

St. Patrick’s Day Black Cats by Cindi Lynch, eBay/Lynch art print

We thank the contributors above who, by their kind permission, have generously supported the Black Cat Rescue mission: to help make the word a better place for black cats.

Special Guest Post: Black Cat Valentine’s Day – Adopt!

Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air!  On this day, an expression of love can include a card, flowers, a box of chocolates, dining out or, perhaps, a diamond ring!

We express love in different ways.  It can be subtle, it can be conspicuous.  It can be a single gesture of love, or a continued expression of love.  We love each other, we love ourselves; we love good food, we love a nice place in which to curl up and retreat from the cares of the world; we love security.

For this Valentine’s Day, please consider giving a “special gift” by adding a new love to your life.  Consider adopting a black cat (or two!).  A homeless black cat needs the same things everyone else needs and, in return, will unconditionally offer companionship and never-ending love 365 days of the year.

To make this Valentine’s Day a special celebration of love for black cats, we would like to share with you the images below—works created by artists who love black cats.

Valentine Cat by Margaret Engeldinger, margaretengeldinger.tripod.com

Art: VALENTINE LOVE by Artist Rosemary Margaret DaunisValentine Love by Rosemary Margaret Daunis, EBSQ Art

Valentine Friends! by Georgette Livingston, EBSQ Art

Art: Meeko's Heart by Artist Tammy Fleetwood Moody

Meeko’s Heart by Tammy Fleetwood Moody, EBSQ Art

Love Valentine by Barbara Catherine Billotte, eBay/BCB cat painting

Black and White Cat with Hearts by Arabella at Plum and Bear, Etsy

Art: Got Treats Black Cat Valentine ACEO by Artist Lisa Monica Nelson

Got Treats Black Cat Valentine by Lisa Monica Nelson, EBSQ Art

  Black Cat Valentine by Todd Young, www.toddyoungart.com

We thank the artists above who, by their kind permission, have generously supported the Black Cat Rescue mission: to help make the world a better place for black cats.