Hi everyone Katie here.
Are you sitting down? Put aside any sharp objects and leave the hot coffee in the kitchen. I'm checking my sarcasm at the door today.
One of the coolest parts of running for Cat Ruler of the World in the Campaign For A Cause Contest
is the Cause. Glogirly and I have chosen to support Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary of St. Pauls, North Carolina
in this first-of-it's-kind contest. Today I'm honored and humbled to share just a little bit about this amazing shelter, the cats, and the people who love and care for them.
I'm Emily, here on the left. I was born a stray and the people who were feeding me
saw that I had problems with my eyes. They asked for help. Read my story.
And I'm LT here on the right. That's short for Little Thing because I'm small. They also call me
a non-stop purr machine. A LOT of people worked together to rescue me. Read my story.
Their Mission - Their Compassion
Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
was established in 2005 to answer a desperate need for a safe place for blind cats that were deemed unadoptable by regular shelters and were going to be killed simply because they were blind.
To some, the term 'rescue' is cool. As current and trendy as 'green.' Drive a Prius, recycle regularly and adopt a rescue. But to those who know firsthand, rescue is anything but glamorous. Alana Miller, the amazing woman behind BCRS explains, "It's about comforting a scared cat whose owners abandoned him at the shelter after living together for 10 years. It's about holding a young animal's head as they take their last breath when it has been determined that their previous owners abused them so badly they can't be saved."
"It's about restoring hope and dignity to creatures for whom no one else cares about."
"The responsibility is big but the returns on our emotional investment are greater. You cannot place a value on the look of contentment that comes when an animal is clean, exercised, warm, fed and safe for the first time in its life."
The Inspiration Behind Blind Cat Rescue
|Hi I'm Rudy. I a sweet little guy that was born blind. They say it took a village to rescue me. Read my story.|
When I asked Alana how the idea for Blind Cat Rescue came to be, she told me about her friend, Gwen Cooper
and Homer the cat. Many of you have probably heard of Homer's story. Gwen turned it into the bestselling book, Homer's Odyssey - A Fearless Feline Tale, Or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat.
Before Gwen wrote her book, she and Alana talked about who might read a story about a blind cat. They agreed, if Homer's story saved just one cat, it would make a difference. Homer's story has done much, much more. "Gwen has made a tremendous difference in the lives of blind cats. She's managed to change the mindset of if you're blind, you're dead
." She's opened minds and opened hearts. All this has had a significant and positive impact on Alana and Blind Cat Rescue.
Just yesterday I connected with Gwen on Facebook. I'm hoping to do a very special post about her and Homer next week, so stay tuned!
Hi, I'm Miracle, a big fluffy orange miracle! I'm FIV+ and was moments away from being euthanized
when a shelter worker called Blind Cat Rescue hoping to save me. Read my story
And I'm Fred. I'm blind and FIV+. I love to be touched and I'll follow you everywhere. Read my story.
A Lesson For The Human Race
Since 2005, the year I was born, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
has provided safety, love and hope to more cats than I can count. This both warms and breaks my heart.
Glogirly tells me often how lucky we are, how much we have, how our lives are full. When she was growing up her mom and dad tried to teach her about humility and generosity. They taught her to reach her hand out to the kid in school that was different or awkward. They taught her to love those that didn't know love.
It's really not all that different, is it? I think that's why Blind Cat Rescue
has touched her heart in such a profound way and why we have chosen to support them in this amazing contest. The human race has much to learn about how they treat and care for each other, especially those that are hurting, lost or just different. Imagine the world if everyone treated each other with the same respect, dignity and compassion that BCRS shows the cats in their care.
On The Web
Hi, I'm Chester. I was found as a stray by some nice people that asked (ok begged) BCRS to help me. Read my story.
Glogirly and I first discovered Blind Cat Rescue on Facebook
. We love seeing the daily updates and photos of the cats. They take the time to thank every single donor whenever they receive gifts from their WISH LIST
, often with photos or videos of the cats enjoying those donations.
Frequently there are contests BCRS is entered in to win food, supplies, even grants for their shelter. They do a great job of reaching out to their Facebook friends and making it easy to help.
Monthly visitor days are documented with smiling photos of visitors getting their fix of kitty love.
Through the power and reach of Facebook, BCRS has helped find homes for hundreds of blind kitties from coast to coast.
Blind Cat Rescue also has a powerful website
that enables them to share their message and mission. Every single cat has a link with their name, photos and a brief history of how they came to be at the shelter.
How Can You Help?
Currently Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
is caring for 92 cats whose age, medical condition, temperament or other special needs make them even more precious to them. They hope you feel the same. BCRS is a private, non-profit organization and receives no government funds. They raise every single penny themselves from caring people like you.
Here's how YOU can make a difference.
- Go SHOPPING! Just pull out the plastic and shop the BCRS Wish List for everything from food and medicine to toys and litter. It couldn't be easier.
- It's election year. Please consider casting your vote for homeless animals by making a generous gift to Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary.
- Sponsor a BCRS cat with a monthly donation commitment.
- Honor a loved one with a Tribute Gift.
- Matching Grants. Many large corporations will match your donation.
- Leave a legacy in your will.
- Real Estate gifts.
- Life Insurance planned gifts.
- (Visit BCRS Donation page for details.)
Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference in the lives of these cats.
...and finally, The Cats!
I asked Alana if she could share with us just one message, what would it be? With a smile in her voice, she was very quick to respond. "Blind cats don't know their blind. They just know they're cats. They jump, they climb, they chase bugs. They're brave and fearless." That's something we can all learn from. They eat, purr and love just like any other cat. Please, don't hesitate to give a blind cat a home. They'll enrich your lives, surprise and inspire you.
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
The prizes in this contest are life changing and life sustaining for the shelters involved. I can't begin to describe the gratitude in Alana's voice when she explained to Glogirly and I how much this contest means to her and the cats of Blind Cat Rescue. They know how hard many families are struggling. It's not easy finding the money to make donations to causes and organizations you really believe in when you're worrying about groceries and rent. Winning the Campaign For A Cause Contest will make a tremendous difference in the lives of these brave and loving cats.
YOU can make a difference!
Vote Katie & Blind Cat Rescue
Prizes for winning rescue organization:
*WINNING SHELTER – 5000 nutritious meals from Halo and FreeKibble.com to the winning shelter and 1000 meals to all runner up shelters, 2000 pounds of absorbent, natural whole-kernel corn litter fromWorld’s Best Cat Litter and 25 Trial Kits for each shelter to give away to new cat owners who have adopted a pet, a $250.00 financial donation and two cases of any choice of odor product, stain & odor product, or litter spray to the winning shelter and a spray bottle odor assortment to runner up shelters from Zero Odor, a $250 financial donation from PetPlan Insurance, an exclusive offer from NVR Miss Litterbox – for each limited edition “Cat Ruler of the World” litter box purchased, $10.00 of the proceeds will be donated to the winning shelter, and, a special offer from Zee and Zoey themselves – for each copy of their book purchased, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, $5.00 of the proceeds will be donated to the winning shelter!!