Fabulous Felines Needs Volunteers

Although all of our volunteers have remained healthy and Covid free, the pandemic has caused several people to cut back on their participation, leaving us short-handed at the foster house. If you would like to help out in an environment that encourages mask wearing and social distancing, and spend time with some beautiful animals, please contact us!

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Photos by Rachel

Rachel is one of our volunteers who captured a pair of cute images of cats in our foster house.

Mimosa and Cally are mother and daughter. When they came to the foster house, they were very shy and spent much of their time hiding. Perhaps it is because they have always been close and supported each other, but they have grown much more relaxed—even sharing cuddles in public!

Both Mona Lisa and Gem initially had difficulty adjusting to the foster house. Mona Lisa always loved people, she was a loner with respect to other cats. Although Gem got along with the other cats, she was initially frightened of people. Both cats have mellowed over time, as is often the case at the foster house. This image captures a moment of affection between Mona and Gem—or is it a feline mind meld?

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Elvis: Then and Now

Elvis is one of our earliest rescue cats. We found him wandering on the floor of a burned-out house in a neighborhood where we were trapping free-roaming cats. Apparently, his mother had given birth to a litter in the house’s rafters, and little Elvis fell out onto the floor—uninjured but frightened and confused. After a bit of cleaning and nursing, we adopted him ourselves, and he grew into a big, handsome cat.

A few days ago, we took a picture of him and were surprised how much he still resembled the frightened kitten who first won our hearts. Absent several layers of mucus and other unidentified forms of goop, he retains the same wide-eyed open look that first won our hearts.

And, if you are as charmed by Elvis’ pictures as we are, here are a couple more, taken shortly after we brought him home and cleaned him up.

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Pets as Tax Write-Offs by Karen Sprague

Karen Sprague is one of our long-time supporters. Perhaps it is because our Coronavirus-delayed tax deadline is approaching, but she sent us a charming article she wrote on the non-deductible costs and non-taxable rewards of keeping pets. We are delighted that she has allowed us to reprint it here!

As this time of year, when taxes loom in the not-so-distant future, I nearly drool when I think of the tax returns my husband and I could amass if our pets’ expenses could be written off as “dependents.’”

My thoughts fade back to a pet adoption three years ago … the sun was shining, the poor little doggies and kitties were lined up in prison-like boxes, and one darling black puppy (pre-named Willy) wagged and cried out to come home with us. He had big, soulful brown eyes and it was only $70.00 to adopt him. What the heck!

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Photos by Nannette

Nannette is our youngest volunteer, but she is already showing considerable artistic talents. She has shared a number of charming photos she took of cats in our foster house.

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