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Buy Cruelty-free Feathers Help Feed A Colony Of 13 Cats For Sale
NOTE: this is not a bag of craft feathers! It is a fundraiser of ONE FEATHER per sale, and a bonus thank-you card, to help feed a colony of cats. (Please read the description below.) If you are looking for feather "lots" please visit The Happy Rooster store.
Meet Chayah Cat. She wasa poor starvingstray, beggingfor help at our doorstep in freezing winter weather at the end of January 2007.... so we took her in.This pic was taken the day we found her -- she was SOhungry! Well, she recovered fine and never went outside again all winter. (I can't blame her -- she was taking no chances!) As itturned out she had met a tomcat before she met us and was pregnant -- so we cared for her seven kittens, too (six of whom are in the "Help Feed Cats"pic.) After they were weaned,we got her spayed. Her forever home is with us now, along with a bunch ofother cats.
No, we are not an animal shelter or a charity, just a softhearted multi-species family willing to take inthese cats. And they willingly stay with us. We have a cat door, they cango in and out as they please, but at feeding time, everybody shows up!
Buy a souvenir feather with a BONUSthank-you card autographed by me (see my ME page) and help us feed this colony of furry purry friends. (One card per order, but buy as many feathers as you want.) Note to police: This is NOT a charity sale, it is not being promoted as a charity, it is not tax deductible--- it is just a PRIVATE sale to help a PRIVATE person be kind to some cats!!!
Why do we have so many cats? Because people keep dumping them here on our hobby farm, or we find them lost, abandoned, scared and lonely. Some people think you can just dump a petcat in the country and she'll live off the land just fine. DEFINITELY NOT !! Most of the time she ends up hungry on somebody's doostep -- or worse.
Coolio, the white cat sitting in the sink here, was ayoung strayhanging around our neighbor's place, stealing dog food. He ismissing half his tail, the restwas broken and had healed all bent up. Did he get caught in a trap? Who knows. His forever home is with us now andhe turned out to be a big loveable, cuddly friend. (What is it about the sink that cats love so much? Maybe it's cooler in hot weather.)
Tigger, the grey tabby on the left, was a half-grown kitten hanging around a gas station parking lot. The station owner said he didn't belong to anybody, so my grandsonbrought Tiggerto us. He grew up to be a gentle 10-pound "baby" wholoves to be cuddled carried around by the grandkids when they visited. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2011 and is deeply missed.
Every cat we have has his or her own story. We don't take them to shelters because out here in the boonies, there just aren't any no-kill places.I simply could not bear to think of these beautiful animals being put to death because nobody wants them. And sending them down to shelters in the Twin Cities is not a good idea -- they are overwhelmed already with animals that people are giving up because of the recession (some of these cats were probably abandoned when houses around here got foreclosed.) So we try to keep the cats here.
We have 15 acres of land in the country and big open hearts, but not much money. Feeding and caring for these cats gets expensive. Two of the females we took in, Chayah and Dusty, turned out to be pregnant. We found homes for most of the kittens but ended up keepingfour.(And yes, we do spay the mothers!) Thismale kitten, named Bugsy,was born with chronic bowel problems. Few people would have put up with that, so we kept him. he grew up to be a very affectionate,loveable cat,even though he still had medical issues.
Wefinally got everybody spay/neutered, except for a feral tomcat who shows up now and then. So the colony population is now reasonably stable,but I'mdeep in the hole with my vet and it's costing me a lot to feed them, too. Not to mention all that kitty litter!!!
How can you help? Buy a souvenir feather (naturally-shed by our own happy free-run chickens or geese, or acompanion bird) and with it, you will get a thank you card autographed by me. (Only one card per order, but buy as many feathers as you like.)Visit our About our Cruelty-Free Featherspage to learn more about our birdsand see some pics. We arevegetarians, we do not slaughter, although we do eat the eggs.
Who am I and why would you want my autograph? In real life, I'm Rabbi Yonassan Gershom, published author, peaceworker, vegetarian and animal welfare activist. Click the ME icon next to my ID to learn more about me. Here you see me holding Dana, one of Chayah's kittenswho was born here. She wasadopted out for a while but didn't work out, so we got her back. I always makethat offer so they don't get abandoned.
I am best known for my books on reincarnation. But, as any author knows, you rarely get rich as a writer, and freelancing does not come with a pension. So, my retired-nurse wife and I sometimes struggle to feed the cats on our meager income. Again, I stress that this is NOT a charity sale, and it is not tax deductible. I'm not begging, either. I'm just doing an off-beat sale to give people a way to help these wonderful cats. You are actually buying a feather, with a BONUS autographed thank-you card. You will also get blessings from me and very goodkarma for helping God's wonderful creatures have a happy home.
If you want us to send this to someone as a gift, we can do that, too!
(If you don't actually want the feather and card and just want to help the cats, you can donate it back -- just message me totell me you are donating it back andI'll adjust the invoice-- please use the message system, not private email, I'll never see it there in all the spam!)
And yes, we give PROMPT response !!!
On Aug-17-09 at 09:12:14 PDT, seller added the following information:
UPDATE August 2009: <<<<< Bugsy, the orange kitty born with bowel problems, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in February 2009. His life was short, but full of love. I dedicated my latest book, Eight Candles of Consciousness: Essays on Jewish Nonviolence (Lulu Press, 2009) to his memory. There is a chapter telling his story, and how he taught me to treasure every day of my life.
This pretty orange and white cat >>>> has been hanging around our place on and off sincethe fall of 2009 -- I would get a glimpse of him occasionally but only recently has he gottenbrave enough to come in for a meal.
Here you see my black female cat, Nightshade, hissing at him on the steps (her personality matches her name!) My other cats also growled and hissed at first, but they seem to be accepting him into the colony. If I show myself he retreats to the bushes, but will come out for a bowl of food. So I have been putting out food near the bushes where he hides and peeks out at me.
I don't know if he was dumped here or abandonedwhen somebody moved, or is feral. I thought maybe he had a home somewhere because he was gone allwinter, but lately he has been eating here every other day. We named him "Tang" during a discussion on my blog.
Update November 18, 2010: Our latest arrival is this pretty female Siamese/tabbywho showed up after a heavy rainstorm this past summer. She was way up in high a tree and crying pitifully. Thewhite catlooked like a little spirit up in that dark spruce tree, soI immediately named her Angel. WhenI called to her she came right down into my arms, which told me she wasn't feral. But she was very thin and starving for both food and love. Nobody ever claimed her, so she lives here now, too. As soon as she was well enough, we got her spayed, thanks to the all generous people who helped us out. She got so attached to me (she sleeps on my bed now) thatI did not want to traumatize her again by re-homing. So her forever home is with us.
Update April 2012: This is AndyCat, a long-haired tom who started hanging around my chicken coop looking for rodents (which he is very good at catching!) At first he was very wary and wild, but I have gradually won his trust and now he will let me pick him up and he loves a cuddle. He is also a tick magnet, so I check him regularly to remove those nasty little parasites. Andy isan outdoor cat who goesback and forth between my place and my neighbor's horse barn, and usually sleeps in one of the outbuildings, where I have some cat beds set up. Here you see him "helping" me put up my Sukkah (a booth for the Jewish Festival of Sukkot) in the fall of of the cats have passed on from old age (Coolio was 15 years old) and new ones continue to arrive -- To read more about our cats, please visit my blog. Thank you!
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