Category Archives: Rescue

I have a dream for cats

I have a dream for cats going beyond MLK Day and Black History Month

  • I have a dream for cats – that all cats are free of discrimination, and have a right to economic equality, no matter what their background, whether wild or domestic; their color (black, white or calico), or national origin.
I have a dream for cats

Martin Luther King, Jr. was famous for his I have a dream speech

We have a dream that all cats have freedom and have:

  • Equality no matter where they came from
  • Discrimination whether feral, domestic, or pure bread
  • Freedom of Choice reducing the horrendous cat overpopulation problem
  • Responsible owners who treat their cats like kids, not like garbage to be thrown away on a whim
  • Freedom to have a furever home
  • A life that does not lead to euthanasia from too many shelter cats



Homer, The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, helps his mission live on

Homer, The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat, helps his mission live on

Homer, The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat lives on, perhaps forever. This amazing cat became famous through his human Gwen Cooper’s bestselling book ‘Homer’s Odyssey’, bringing much-needed attention to how special a blind cat can be.

After his death, he became infamous, and Cooper tells just how much so in her 115-page sequel, ‘Homer, The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat’ available at

It’s a fascinating perspective about book publishing promotion, pet loss and the power of social media. Had Paws for Reflection read the sequel, perhaps we would not be blogging, as the countless photo shoots, interviews, and attention Homer received would have been unfathomable. We frequently point to reading Homer’s story as a catalyst for taking writing about cats to a whole new level.

We can just picture the humor, the fear, the loss, and the rebuilding that are painted through words in his sequel.

The story takes on a humorous twist, becomes humorous as Homer, initially thrilled by all the attention, becomes so bored with photo shoots that Cooper’s husband Laurence has to run cross town in Manhattan to find his most special food to bribe him to cooperate. He’s become so used to the attention that it has become a Big Bore, and he chooses to take a nap rather than pose for one more photo shoot.

We can only imagine Homer aging and losing his best feline friends, Vashti and Scarlett, who had been a part of his life since Cooper took him home when he was only a few weeks old. Homer, also hated going to the veterinarian. In a tear- jerking saga, Homer becomes very ill, so much so that he can barely move. When the emergency vet tells her to stay in the waiting room as they examine him, she tells of a blood curdling scream coming from out back. It’s Homer. Being blind, he had no way of knowing what was happening. He was terrified. His human never leaves him alone with a vet again. Sadly, Homer is diagnosed with terminal liver disease, and we travel down Cooper’s year-long end of life journey with her very special feline.



Category: Book Review, Cats, Rescue
Cat overpopulation pyramid chart points to cat overpopulation being a national crisis.

While these cat pyramid overpopulation charts are not accurate, they draw attention to cat overpopulation being a national crisis.

There’s no doubt too many cats can come from one cat

Cat and dog overpopulation is a huge problem, so much so that some animal advocacy organizations call it a national crisis, a crisis that could be averted by having your pet spayed or neutered.

Cats are particularly hard-wired to reproduce, according to Stephanie Heikkinen DMV, of Maine Wood Mobile Vet, Livermore Falls, Maine. A cat can have a litter of kittens two to three times a year with up to six kittens in each litter, resulting in quite a few extra kittens. Each kitten can have a litter at six months. The results are exponential cat overpopulation with one cat having an average of 2.8 kittens per litter. The controversial cat overpopulation chart, while known to overstate the problem, does illustrate how big the problem is.

For dogs, the numbers are smaller, but still overwhelming. One dog’s offspring can result in 4,372 dogs in seven years. But chances are they don’t all survive. If they survive kittenhood or puppyhood, many succumb to illness, neglect, predators, or end up being euthanized in shelters around the country. That’s one reason the chart is flawed.

Cat overpopulation huge with over 70 million cats in US

Mallory Kerley, Media Coordinator of the ASPCA, says, “It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates indicate there are up to 70 million cats. The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year with the average litter being from four to six kittens. An average dog produces one litter a year with four to six puppies.

Cat overpopulation pyramid, while not accurate portrays just how much of a national crisis cat overpopulation is

Cat overpopulation pyramid, while not accurate portrays just how much of a national crisis cat overpopulation is

Cat overpopulation pyramid, while not accurate portrays just how much of a national crisis cat overpopulation is[/caption]

Yet, only ten percent of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered, she said. About 75 percent of owned pets are neutered. The ASPCA estimates that five out of ten dogs in shelters, and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them.

This cute kitten was a product of feral parents. He's a wonder. With TNR, perhaps another kitten would not have been euthanized, waiting for a home.

This cute kitten was a product of feral parents. He’s a wonder. With TNR, perhaps another kitten would not have been euthanized, waiting for a home.



Carmella The Cat children's series by Ann Cerino

Carmella The Cat children’s series by Ann Cerino teaches how precious all animals are

Every animal is precious and deserves a forever home. That is the theme of Ann Cerino’s series of children’s books based on Carmella the Cat.

Check out this month’s Give-Away of Carmella The Cat & Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing

Win your copy of Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing in this month's Give-Awa

Win your copy of Carmella The Cat Goes Fishing in this month’s Give-Away

Carmella The Cat has been a long-time thought that has finally been put into action. Now 60, Cerino is re-inventing herself. After 42-years in retail, she is writing a series of children’s books based on true cat stories.

The Carmella The Cat series is based on Cerino’s cat, the real Carmella, who was found, along with her litter-mates, in a flooded drainage ditch. Carmella was the only kitten to survive. She was rushed to The Cat Doctor, Dr. Ackerman, who helped save her life by treating her until she was healthy and ready to be adopted. When Carmella was well, Dr. Ackerman introduced the tiny kitten to Cerino who had recently put her cat to sleep, and a loving, fur-ever match was made.

It was like, I don’t want any more, but I’ve got to have him

Carmella The Cat

Carmella The Cat

Cerino tells about her best friend walking by a construction site, and found a cat who had just had kittens in the drainage pipe. All the kittens had drowned except this one little orange and white tabby. She picked up the tiny kitten, who could fit in the palm of her hand, and rushed her to the vet.

Meanwhile Cerino was at wit’s end. She had put her gorgeous Persian kitty to sleep and was hysterical. Her vet said nothing will make the hurt go away like another kitten, and she brought out this tiny kitten.

‘It was like, I don’t want any more, but I’ve got to have him,’ she said.



Category: Book Review, Rescue
Gwen Cooper's 'Kittenish', helps animals in Nepal's major earthquake.

Gwen Cooper’s ‘Kittenish’, helps animals in Nepal’s major earthquake earlier this year.

Even though Homer the Blind Cat has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, his work to help other felines in needs continues.

Gwen Cooper & Homer’s Heroes recently published ‘Kittenish’, a collection of selfies of some absolutely stunning cats around the world – and it’s all for a good cause. All – that’s 100 percent – of the proceeds from ‘Kittenish’ are going to Humane Society International to fund their ongoing animal-rescue efforts in Nepal.

In a little over a week, Homer’s Heroes raised an astounding $20,000 for the animals.

Nepal’s earthquake may seem like old news now. A few months have passed since an enormous 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 4,000 people. Anyone who has worked with disaster recovery knows the story fades from the headlines, but the pain and suffering continues for months if not years. The story remain real and the people and animals affected by the earthquake continue to need financial support.

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang shared a post on petMD on the World Vets Response, what she is doing personally to help, and let other pet lovers across the globe know how they can help. ‘With a struggling government and minimal infrastructure in place, the initial response has been practically nonexistent; people digging through rubble with their hands to try to free their family members, thousands of injured people turned away by hospitals struggling to save the most badly injured.’

A parody on Kim Kardashian’s selfies book, ‘Selfish”

Gwen Cooper took note, and not only stepped up to the plate to help, but also turned to pop culture and crowd-sourcing to make it work. This book of rescue-cat selfies (that’s the pop culture part) parodies Kim Kardashian’s selfies book, ‘Selfish’. Cooper points out, ‘Cats are probably the only ones having as big a pop-cultural moment as the Kardashians, so the comparison seemed apt. And she thought, why not adopt the selfie into a book of rescued cats?



Catpersonable BJ Bangs

At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Follow BJ

Follow Paws on Social Media

Follow BJ on Pinterest

Follow Me on Pinterest

Fix Felines by Five Months

Siamese Rescue Volunteer

GRAND Galleries

Paws is a Top 50 Cat Blogger

Cat Fancy: Contributing Writer

Cat Talk: Contributing Writer

Catster: Contributing Writer logo

Be The Change

Blog the Change

CWA Certificate of Excellence 2011, 2013, 2015

CWA Muse Medallion 2011


The Cat Site’s Blog of the Month: March 2012