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The Cat Rescuers: a documentary that needs to be told

The Cat Rescuers, tells the story of efforts to deal with over a million cats roaming the streets of New York City.

As many of the cats are feral, you won’t see them during the day. They are hiding underneath cars and in alleys, but they are there.

The Cat Rescuers

The Cat Rescuer is a documentary that could have a huge impact on feral cats.

There are so many the city can’t handle the problem, and that’s where the Cat Rescuers have stepped in. The feature-length documentary tells the story of Sassee, Claire, Stu and Tar, four of the dedicated, street-smart volunteers making a difference in the homeless cats of Brooklyn.

No cat should have to live on the brink of starvation, outside, in the cold. The upcoming documentary profiles four dedicated cat rescuers in Brooklyn, New York working to improve the lives of NYC’s one million estimated abandoned and feral cats. To view the Kickstarter trailer, visit

The documentary is looking for the funds to help finish the film, which can make a huge difference to the homeless cats in New York City. They are hoping to meet their stretch goal of $62K! By helping spread the word about our Kickstarter (helpthecatrescuers.com), you’d not only be helping them finish the film faster, but help spread awareness of this issue more effectively. Tag the cat lovers you know. With everyone’s help, this film will make a difference.

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Category: Cats, Feral Cats, Rescue, TNR
Black cats rock

Black cats rock, and my Pink Collar has been rocking my world for 17 years.

Black cats rock

Pink Collar is a beautiful black cat.

Black cats rock, and my black cats rock my world

Today, we Meet the Cats. Paws must say black cats rock, and my black cats, Pink Collar and Clyde, now geriatric felines, have spent many a year rocking my world.

Clyde is Mom’s cat, and we will talk about him later, because his story follows on the heals of  Pink Collar’s. She is aptly named after her vibrant hot-pink collar that makes her black bear-like coat shine.  Rather than fading into the background, this Pink Collar brings her to the forefront, and her perfect little white star shows what a star she really is.

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

This Sunday Selfies Blog Hop is being hosted by Cat on My Head

As Paws for Reflection shares Pink Collar’s story with Kitty Blue’s Cat on My Head’s Sunday Blog Hop, we invite our readers to check out some pawsome blog posts from all those participating in today’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

 

Pink Collar was a shelter cat

Pink Collar was adopted from a shelter, and she has been with the Paws family the longest of any of our living felines. Paws adopted her in December 2001 to give to my Mom. Her Calico cat Sam has passed over the bridge the year before.

When I went to the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook, Maine, I was looking for an older cat. I was shocked to find how few cats were at the shelter, and did not find one that caught my eye, EXCEPT…  There was this one kitten all by herself in the front lobby. She was beautiful – a black cat with beautiful green eyes and a little star on her chest. She was six-months-old. And I thought, would this kitten be a good match for my 72-year-old Mom?

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Meet the Cats: Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans

Lenny, a gray and white tabby, will be celebrating his fifth Gotcha birthday next month.

Cat line

 

Sunday Selfie Blog Hop

This Sunday Selfies Blog Hop is being hosted by The Cat on My Head

 

We we join Kitty Blue’s The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop this week, Paws for Reflection wanted to start showcasing our feline family. We realized to our chagrin that we don’t have our cats included on our About Page, and as they are the centerpiece of so much of our information, we need to change that. Today, we talk about the newest addition to the Paws family – Lenny. We invite you go hopping this Sunday, and meet some absolutely pawsome pet people.

Most kittens learn from their Mama cat

While most kittens learn from their Mama cat, Lenny didn’t know his Mama. He met her and his Dad once but they paid little attention to him. They have moved on as he had become separated from them, and he really hadn’t been a part of their cat family. If Mama cat becomes separated from her babies and a foreign human gets involved, they can choose to abandon the kittens. That’s what happened with Lenny.

Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans

Lenny gets bottle fed after being rescued from a brush pile

 

Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans

Who could resist this baby kitten who is getting bottle fed?

 

Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans

Lenny grew like a weed, and he was soon off investigating his surroundings.

 

Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans

Lenny, a feral kitten, learned everything from humans. His parents, Faith and Blake, never bonded with the rescued kitty.

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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

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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 Amazon.com.

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.

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Category: Book Review, Cats, Rescue

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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.

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