Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shelter Kitties

Recently a good friend who works with Community Cat Connection asked if I'd be willing to paint some kitties for them to use on fliers and the like. As many of you know, Ryan and I have two rescued cats and so I was only too happy to lend my services to the cause! Here are some of the cats I painted.

Shelter Kitties

Did you know the majority of orange tabbies are boys?

Black cats have a harder time getting adopted, because
some people still believe they are bad luck. Isn't that sad?
(Also, isn't that stupid? It's as stupid of people as it is sad).

Of course I had to throw a Siamese in.

Big stretch!

Who doesn't love a fat cat?

And some kittens, too.

If you live in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area, check out the Community Cat Connection! You can take a peek at the cats they have up for adoption here. Shelter cats are wonderful, our lives would not be the same without Puck and Lupin. Sometimes people think the animals in shelters have problems, but it's usually the folks who owned them previously who were lacking--not the animal. Many people dump cats in shelters simply because they are moving and can't be bothered to take the time to find a new apartment that allows pets (or don't want to). Or they have kids and suddenly can't be bothered caring for a pet (good luck kids, looks like Mommy and Daddy aren't really into responsibility). Or even worse, they got a kitten and grew tired of it once it grew up. (Good luck again, kids. I'm guessing once you're in high school those parents are going to start tuning you out because you're not cute anymore).

As you can probably tell, I don't have a lot of respect for people who take on pets only to abandon them later. Pets are family. Period, end of story. I think that the folks who throw their dogs into the pound are probably the same people who never visit Grandma at the nursing home. People have tried to defend it to me in the past, and my eyes glaze over. I'm sorry; I've faced having to leave a place in a hurry too. I've had a weekend's notice to move out and find a new apartment. I've left places with just a suitcase in one hand and a rat cage in the other. I've moved plenty with pets--they have come with me always. The only time in my adult life that I moved back in with my Mom (hey, only for five months) was because I couldn't find a place that would take my rats, Vlad and Rex. Taking a step back with them was more important than a step forward without them.

Heck, Elvis traveled 3000 miles across the country with me (and grew pretty enamored with life in hotels). Was it easy traveling that far with a spunky Siamese cat in the car? Nope. It required a lot of stops, treats, water breaks, litter breaks (can you believe he waited for the litter every time? Elvis has yet to have an accident. He is one litter dedicated cat), a carrier, a leash, and patience. However, not taking him was never an option; moving without him would have equaled not moving at all. I wouldn't have gone if he couldn't come, because that would not have been right. He's my cat, and I love him dearly. Some people don't understand that, and I don't understand them. Owning a pet is a commitment. There is a lot of work, and a lot of reward.

Elvis, overseeing the packing process.

His first night on the road, he was not very happy.
Here he is clinging to me in a hotel.

Two days in, he began to get the hang of it.
Here he is glaring at me over his toy "Huggy Bunny".

Days 3-6, Elvis was one chill little hotel kitty.
He loved exploring new smells, and he owned every room.

If your heart is open and you're a big boy/girl when it comes to responsibilities, owning a pet is an amazing experience. Winning and holding an animal's trust, watching them light up when you come home and rush to greet you, feeling them curl up around your feet in the middle of the night--there's nothing like it. Nursing them through ailments, protecting them as they grow old builds a unique character to one's heart. If you're thinking of owning a pet, or adding to a family of pets, a shelter animal is a great choice. You can be the second chance a creature gets to feel safe, loved, and secure for the rest of its life. You can be absolutely certain that the shelter pet you bring home will never have to be scared or lonely again, because you'll be the one there who can play with it, nurture it, and keep it happy.

Plus, they're awesome.
Lupin and Puck, both shelter kitties from Purrfect Pals here in WA.

People ask us all the time, where did we find such beautiful, wonderful cats?
They were rescues! You can find them too :)

Beautiful boys!

And Elvis, (adopted from a litter in a newspaper ad) his life
has been greatly improved by the addition of our shelter cats too!

He has friends to cuddle and play with.

And he loves them so much.

They love him too...

...Even if he is a little needy sometimes.

Pets make a house a home.


  1. Your paintings (and your real life kitties) are absolutely adorable!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    What a true talent you are!!

    Much love,

    PS - octo book is SO close to going to the printers! Your painting & story look great! <3

  2. Thank you, Jinxi! OOooh!! I am so excited, I cannot wait to check it out!

  3. Georgia these are AWESOME and I'm so excited to see a blog about shelter cats! Thanks for putting the word out there for the CCC, they are a very tiny shelter but we have 68 cats and kittens looking for homes right now. 68 perfectly awesome cats of every color, shape, age, personality and yet every single one of them want to be loved and brought home with a new family.

    I'm curious to know what our #1 reason for people to surrender a cat is. It's either "moving" or "we can't afford to spay/neuter them and they keep having kittens." Well, we can't do anything about pet owners moving besides give a list of pet-friendly landlords (which is coming soon!) but we CAN fix the spay/neuter problem. CCC offers to fix cats for very low cost, which includes a rabies vaccine - it's $50 for males, and $65 for females.

    Again, thanks so much for painting these little cuties!! They are ADORABLE


  4. Excellent .. Thank you for sharing your talent for such a worthy cause ... Often times we need to be reminded that our Animals give us unconditional love and support during the toughest times of our live's. Our live's take so many twists and turns yet feeling our Pets loving touch and gently way's guide's us from a difficult place to a place that we can be assured that there Love surrounds us.

    Purrs Judy

  5. Oh a cat lover too. Your kitties are soooo cute!!
    Have a pop over to my blog to see my latest cats!I just have the one cat. She's a queen, and we can't have any others!


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