Yes, it's my favourite day!
My talented friend Joan, of Greek cats and God's Little People cat rescue, painted this for me for my birthday today! She knows that our Greek kitty Honey is now at best a part-time barn cat! Joan also knows that coloured pencils are my preferred media for my own artwork, hence the crown! :) (I illustrated a kids' book called Katie of the Sonoran Desert using coloured pencils.)
Honey wormed her way inside and now spends most of her days in here with me (usually on my lap, walking on my keyboard, or sprawled across my desk) then goes back to the barn in the evening, when she seems to get restless for her sisters.
Oh yeah, that's a barn cat.
She's incredibly cuddly and just goes limp in your arms. The other cats don't take much notice of her and Emerson is her buddy!
Speaking of cats...
Joan, who entrusted me with the Greek trio back in November, has many cats in her care, including a recently-dumped quartet of kittens, now around 7 months of age. Joan just had them vaccinated and neutered, but was faced with returning them to the "wild," as she really is at full capacity for cats at her little sanctuary.
Well, we discussed things and I offered to foster the four cats here and find them homes. So were are working on raising the funds to get them to Canada!
I think I've already found a home for Archie.
But Annuk needs a home.
So does Amber.
And Luna too!
Yes, we have plenty of needy cats here in Canada, and I'm still helping them! But I am so inspired by the work Joan does for Greek cats, that I want to help her however I can. The situation in Greece is quite dire for humans right now, never mind cats, which are often regarded as nothing more than vermin. We so love our own Greek trio, and we're happy to help Joan find homes for these four beautiful cats.
Joan is asking for donations to cover their transport costs, and Gordon and I are going to match all donation dollar for dollar.If you would like to help out, you can donate to Joan's sanctuary via Paypal using this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about Joan's work with her cats on her Facebook page and blog. Every dollar counts! :) And if you'd like to adopt one of these kitties once they are here, I am approximately 4-1/2 hours from Toronto, an hour from either Ottawa or Montreal, and 30 minutes from the border crossing at Massena, NY/Cornwall, ON.
Please consider helping these cats and helping Joan! I'll keep you posted on our progress but am hoping to have the kitties here by early spring.
As I type this, Honey the part-time barn cat is asleep on my lap.