Tuesday, May 3, 2016

5/02/2016



Taffy would like to thank you for these wonderful gifts that were sent to the cats in the last week from our Amazon wish list http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
We are very very grateful for your generosity!

Thank you Marcia Ewing-Current for the Clavamox and flea treatments!!
Thank you Alessandra Lensing for the cat litter!
Thank you Nichole Driscoll for the cat litter!
Thank you Dawn Wood, Snowie and Boykitty for the cat litter!
Thank you Ronnie Williams for the food and toys!
Thank you Cheryl Fisher for all the food!

Thank you to the several unnamed people who sent lots of food!
Amazon often does not tell us your name or even give us packing slips.
We use 120 cases of wet food and 60 boxes of litter every month,
we are very grateful to you for your generosity and support!!



Thank you Cheryl Fisher for the foods and litter!
Thank you Abbey Bell for the litters!
Thank you Beverly Coloni for the litter and food!
Thank you Dani and Kevin C for the scratchers, food, toys and cat litter!
Thank you Jevne Family for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Sandy Brown for the food and toys!
Thank you unknown for all the foods from chewy.com  they didn't tell us who you are!



Thank you Jennise Valerio for the litter!
Thank you Patrick Stanton for the litter and syringes!
Thank you Allie Fails for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Joshua Eastman for the toys and syringes!
Thank you Karen Nakamaki for the foods!


Thank you Wilson Matthias for the food!
Thank you Edwin Santoni for the food!
Thank you Brian Rice for the cat litters!
Thank you Kendra Schuett for the food!
Thank you Virginia Schafter for the litters!

Thank you Nancy for the food!
Thank you Janice Reed for the toys!
Thank you Virginia Schafer for the litter!
Thank you Taryn Franks for the litter!
Thank you Tory for the litter!



Thank you Samantha Shaffer for the litter and syringes!
Thank you Brian Rice for  all the cases of food!!
Thank you to all the kind unnamed people who sent food and litter!  Amazon sadly does not always give us your name or even packing slips..  We are very grateful for your generosity!
Thank you Cassandra Johnson for the litter and syringes!
Thank you Danielle Bagnasco for the toys!



Thank you Dolores Dibiase for the food!
Thank you Spikey Diaz for the foods!
Thank you Hailey for the food!
Thank you Patricia Duncan for the food!
Thank you Gary Owens for the food and cat litter!
Thank you Cassandra Johnson for the cat litter & syringes!


Don't forget we have Open House coming up again on May the 14th. We would love for you to come and play with all the kitties. The kitties would love for you to come as well. Coming from out of town and want to stay over night? Not a problem. We have a guest house on site. 


Also we are participating in the Saint Paul's Folk Art Festival that same day. You can read more about the event here :Folks Art Festival  You can visit the festival in the morning before our open house starts at noon. 

We hope you have been enjoying our live tours on Facebook. It took a few days to iron out all the kinks but things are going much smoother now. Using Facebook live streaming gives us a much bigger opportunity to reach so many more people from all over the world. We love sharing our wonderful kitties with you. During the tours if you want to know more about a particular cat, how to donate, how to sponsor a kitty or how to send goodies to the kitties you can find out at our website:
www.blindcatrescue.com





Wednesday, April 27, 2016

4/27/2016




Thank you to all the generous unnamed people for all the food! Amazon often does not give us packing slips, your name or contact information.  We are very grateful to you for your generosity and support!


Thank you Eric Shulze for the litter!
Thank you Deanna Gertz for the litters!
Thank you Debbie Wass for the litter!
Thank you Christopher Love for the litter!
Thank you Lori for the litter!


Thank you Kari Inda for the litter!
Thank you Nancy Walkord for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the food!
Thank you Maureen Short for the foods and litter!
Thank you Cathy Boccardo for the food and toys!

Thank you Reuben Sweeney for the food!
Thank you Samantha Shaffer for the toys!
Thank you Sara Donnelly for the food, litter and toys!
Thank you JoAnne Morris  for the food!
Thank you Lynnette Loud  for the litter!


Thank you unnamed for the litter!
Thank you Rosemary Glover for the food!
Thank you Lisa Mikula for the food!
Thank you Deanna Gertz for all the foods & toys!
Thank you Keith Belski for the foods!

Thank you Debbie Wass for the litter!
Thank you Merrick77 for the litter!
Thank you Deanna Gertz for the food!
Thank you Olimpia Sulla for the litter!
Thank you Alessandra Lensing for the litter!
Thank you Shirley Kelly for the food!
Thank you Mary T Medvick for the food!


We are now doing our tours directly on our Facebook Fan Page. This is the same type of live tours that where on Ustream, just now they are on Facebook. The live video feed comes up right under the anchored post with our Open House times. You just have to scroll down a little. 

Also you should be able to see the video feed on  your personal Facebook Wall. Doing tours on Facebook means that more people can actually watch the tour. Right now we are getting around 1700 viewing at each time. Each video averages around 80k reaches or more. This means that the more people that see us, the more chance we have that people will donate to these wonderful kitties. After all, that is the goal. It's all about the kitties and what is best for them.  


We just started this on Saturday so we are still airing out the bugs. Such as our bandwidth at BCR. We have someone coming out to increase this and help us get a better connection as well. It seems that some people are having issues viewing the live tours in FireFox. Chrome seems to be better for most so if you can please try using Chrome.

Sometimes while doing tour we lose connection to our wifi. When that happens we have to reconnect and start a new video feed. Please refresh your Facebook page and you will see it has come up a new live video

 If for some reason it just is not working for you to watch the live tours, right after they are done they save on our BCR page and more then likely your personal wall. Also we are uploading the tours to our BCR Youtube channel which you can find here:


Thank you all so much for being patient with us until we get everything worked out. 

CONTESTS
We have a new contest. You can vote one time per day for the next 4 days. Please vote as we are way behind in this one folks.
Customer Appreciation Month

You just have to post Blind Cat Recue, St Pauls NC in the comment field. You can vote once a day.

All you have to do is click vote. Super easy. 

Just click the vote button.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

4/21/16






Today is Peanut day. He is a cute guy that hangs out with his 2 brothers. You can watch the cats live every day on Ustream

Thank you for all the gifts for the cats. We have the best supports.
Just click the link below if you would like to send the cats some gifts.

Thank you Ann Shaw for the foods!
Thank you Linda for the treats and peroxide!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for all the foods!
Thank you Karin Spiess for the food!
Thank you Deanna Gertz for the food!


Thank you Eric Shulze for the cat litters!
Thank you Lisa Mikula for the litters, toys
Thank you Alessandra Lensing for the litter!
Thank you Jennifer for the Amazon Gift Cards!
Thank you Kim for the Amazon Gift card!

Thank you Deanna Gertz for the cat litter!
Thank you Karin Spiess for the litter!
Thank you Jean Clements for the cat litters!
Thank you JeanMarie Merritt for the cat litter!
Thank you Milana for the cat litter!


Again thank you so much to Nelly for saving her allowance and buying gifts for the cats. She and her friend brought them on Saturday to our Open House. 
Want to know when our next Open House is?


Dan is one of the many people I have come to know since becoming a BCR addict almost 2 years ago. He like so many of us have a common bond, our love for the kitties at BCR and what it stands for.  I ask Dan a few questions about how he found out about BCR and what it has meant to him. Below is his story. 
                                     
Dan and Autumn

     I found BCR by accident when looking for advice to care for my dying cat Fritz, that was around February 2014. It was around 6 months after learning and researching into BCR that I made my 1st visit for the August 2014 Open House. I was already working with 2 other charities at the time, but after all the research, I found BCR to be “Setting the Bar” for cat care!!! This IS the cleanest, healthiest and BEST run organization I have EVER come across. BCR was something I felt that I NEEDED and WANTED to be a part of. The calling was SO strong that I was willing to take a 15 hour bus ride, each way, and was going to walk the 10-15 miles from Fayetteville to St. Pauls. I didn't have to walk :)

     The first cat I saw was Popcorn on Ustream. To be honest, I freaked out :( I didn't know anything about her and was very uninformed about blind cats and such...in time I learned that she was not only Ok but was also very happy. The first cat I met was “Mack”, simply because he’s a lobby cat. He came right up to me for some pets. 

      My first impression of BCR was very surreal. It was like a dream I never wanted to wake up from. My whole visit was outstanding. The most enjoyable part of visiting BCR was being able to get my hands dirty by helping clean and doing whatever needed to be done for the cats. I REALLY wanted to do MORE than voting and donating. Being swarmed by the cats was also awesome! I like spending extra time with the “special kitties” and the cats in quarantine. Some people are not too fond of the spray room so I spend extra time with them. I didn’t want to leave and I’m NOT ashamed to say that I shed tears on my way home. I wanted to take them ALL home with me.

      I've been asked "What is your favorite special moment" ? I would be hard pressed to pick one :) There are SO many from greeting new cats to BCR, Alana getting the "Eagle Rare" Award, meeting new people staying at the Guest House to quite times on the GH patio just soaking up the peace and tranquility.

     I would like to take a moment to THANK everyone that votes, donates, clicks, volunteers, E-Bay sellers/buyers, walkers/runners using the resQwalk app and all the staff that keep this excellent organization running. I would like to send a SPECIAL thanks to Alana for starting this Charity and the sacrifices she continues to make for these cats.

    BCR is not just a charity to me. BCR is a place to find advice, support, information and tons of love when you NEED it the most. BCR was a huge part of my recovery from losing my Fritz kitty. You see, Fritz was my mom’s cat till she passed so it hit me especially hard when he died in my arms. It was like losing my mom all over again. It would have been SO much harder on me without the love and support I found here at BCR and on BCR Chat !!! I truly LOVE this place and am looking forward to my return in August 2016 :) <3 font="">

     THANK YOU EVERYONE for making this place what it is. Peace, Love & Happiness to All <3 font="">
Dan

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4/19/2016


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Wow a big Thank You to everyone that sent us gifts from our wish list this week!
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

Lots of food and litter. Our cats eat 120 cases of food a month
and we go through about 60 boxes of litter as well.

Thank you Marie Didiot for the food and peroxide!
Thank you Milana for the foods!
Thank you Gary Owens for all the foods!
Thank you Craig Cadwell for all the foods!
Thank you Laurel Larison for the food!

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Thank you Terry Medvick, Mandy & Lily for the foods and toys!
Thank you Craig Cadwell for the litter!
Thank you Lisa Allison for the litter!
Thank you Shirley Kelly for the food!
Thank you Amanda Shilton for the litter!

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Thank you Samantha Shaffer for the litters!
Thank you  Dolores Dibiase for the litter!
Thank you Patty for the food!
Thank you Holly Plested for the food!
Thank you Alison Woodstock for the food!
Thank you Lori for the food!
Thank you Lynnette Loud  for the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the foods from chewy!!
Thank you unnamed for the foods, toys and litter, Clorox wipes!
Thank you Sue for the food!

Amazon often does not give us packing slips or your names,
Please forgive us if we are unable to personally thank you.
We are very grateful to you for your generosity and support!

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Thank you Glenn Stallard andAngelo Fusco for the food!
Thank you Karl Inda for all the foods!
Thank you Jeannie for the foods and toys!
Thank you Heather D. for the food!
Thank you Samantha Shaffer for the food!
Thank you Jacqueline Day for the gift cards!
Thank you Gary Owens for the foods!

If you want to send the kitties some goodies please go to our Amazon Smile Wishlist

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We have 3 contests going on right now where we can win alot of money for our spay and neuter program.

NuturVet is giving away 500 dollars. Just post in the comments section Blind Cat Rescue, St, Pauls NC. 1 vote per person per day.

PetMeds is giving away 2500 dollars as well. All you have to do is just click the vote button once you go to the site and then you can even share it to your Facebook. How easy is that?

Vote for your cause is also giving away 500 dollar. Again just vote for BCR and then you can click the green button and share to your Facebook wall.

As always we have the Shop for your cause. Just click the big button.

We thank everyone for taking the time to help us. Without you we would not be able to win the money to help so many cats in our community.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

4/17/2016



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What an amazing week this was for BCR. Not only did we have a great Open House yesterday,
look at all the wonderful goodies the kitties got.

Thank you Bruce, Allie, Evan and Josh Fails for the food and toys!
Thank you Barbara Drew for the collars and food!
Thank you Dolores Dibiase for the foods and toys!
Thank you Alison for the cat litter!
Thank you Lisa Allison for the food!

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Thank you Alessandra Lensing for the litter!
Thank you Bronwyn Bacon for the litter!
Thank you Kenny Kuhner for the food!
Thank you Lydia High for the food!
Thank you Annette Osnos for the litters!
Thank you Tiffany Wilson for the litter!
Thank you Heather D. for the litter!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the litter!
Thank you Marc Kovner for the litter!

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Thank you Marlene Dash for the foods!
Thank you Jamie Sutherland for the food!
Thank you Melissa Miles for the food and toys!
Thank you unnamed for the food, toys and litter!
Thank you David family for the masks, gloves, bandages and donation!

As always you can send the kitties goodies from our Amazon Smile Wishlist

I also want to send out a thank you to Nancy Schodowski. She was at the Open House yesterday and posted these pictures that I have used for the post today. 

We would love to see you at our upcoming  Open House. We have a Open House 1 Saturday a month except in December. 

Dont forget to subscribe to our Newsletter where you can get the latest news about the kitties and other awesome things going on at BCR.

We also have 2 new contests. You can help us win $25,000 for our spay and neuter program by clicking here. Also you can help us win $500 here.







Thursday, April 14, 2016

4/14/16

 
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Stevie and his sister Willow came to BCR in 2012. Sadly they where both dropped off at the Detroit Animal Control when their owner got sick and had to be committed to a mental facility. Once again great volunteers at a shelter took it upon themselves to try to help. They did not want to see these 2 die just because they where both blind and no one wanted to adopt them.

They reached out on Facebook for help. These 2 where part of a animal rescue train. This is when people from different parts of the country volunteer their time and go get cats and dogs and take them to their forever homes or animal sanctuaries. In this case BCR is a forever home for kitties as well.

Britta and Casey, who we called our fly angels, flew all the way from Dallas Texas to Detroit Michigan to the animal control where they picked up Stevie and Willow. They then flew then to the airport in Atlanta Ga. There Danny and Jody, our foster angels meet them at the airport. It wasn’t over yet for these two blind kitties. Lisa, another foster angel then picked them up from Danny and Jody and drove them to BCR 2 weeks later.

When they got to BCR they went to  our vet as all new kitties do where they got badly needed dentals and their eyes taken care of, as well as vaccinations and anything else they needed. If you watch us on Ustream you know that both Stevie and Willow are wonderful cats who are both in the same room together.

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Stevie would like to thank everyone for the great goodies our wonderful
supporters sent in the last few days from our Amazon wish list!!
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
 As you can see here he is anxiously awaiting box opening to see what we have gotten.

Thank you Eoon for the cat litter!
Thank you Linda Hansen for the cat litter!
Thank you Jill Metcalf for the cat litter!
Thank you Kristen Belyski for the cat litter!
Thank you Robert Kergis for the cat litter!

Thank you Shelly Campbell for the food!
Thank you Kitty Johnson for the litter!
Thank you Linda Hanson for the food!
Thank you Karen Johnson for the foods!
Thank you Tiffany Shea for the food and toys
 
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He is a very loving cat, always waiting for a wonderful visitor or member of the staff to come around so he can get in their arms. If you are close enough and he gets the chance he will also get on your back and hang around your neck like a scarf.

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Thank you Robert Kergis for the food!
Thank you Tuire Cechin for the foods!
Thank you Tina for the food!
Thank you Rose Belice for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the food, litter and toys!
 Sadly Amazon does not give us the names all the time.

If you would like to send Stevie and his friends something from our amazon wish list you can do so here : Amazon Smile Wishlist


Monday, April 11, 2016

4/10/2016

10 Ways to keep your Cat Trim
Cats are popular because they’re “easy” to care for. They don’t have to be walked or trained like a dog does. But that makes it easy to forget that they have the bodies of athletes, and they too need a daily feline fitness regime. They aren’t meant to spend all their time sleeping or lying around, but that’s what many end up doing, especially if they’re indoor cats.
Because of this, a large number of kitties today are on the chubby side. In fact, according to theAssociation for Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.6% of cats are overweight, and that can lead to diabetes, respiratory and heart disease, joint problems, some forms of cancer, kidney disease, and overall decreased life expectancy.
Keeping your cat fit shouldn’t be limited to kitten-hood. Many people assume that cats slow down once they mature, so they don’t need to play or exercise as much. But exercise and fitness should remain a priority throughout the cat’s life. Some may play and run on their own, but more often than not, you’ll have to take responsibility for keeping the wiggle in your kitty’s butt by initiating a play routine. Think of it as spending quality time together!      Continue reading


The kitties purr Thank you so much for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!

Thank you Tina for the toys and food!
Thank you Jill Metcalf for the toys!
Thank you  Erin Baker for the food!
Thank you Anna Reverditto for the food!
Thank you Melissa Miles for scratch and rest!



Thank you Rose Belice for the toys!
Thank you Judy Perez for the food!
Thank you Hannah Wyeland for the laundry soap and pet shampoo!
Thank you to all the kind unnamed people who sent us food, litter, scratch and rests and toys,  they did not include packing slips so we do not know who you are.   We are very grateful for your gifts!


Journey asked that you please help us with our fund raiser for the sprinkler system that we want to put in both buildings. If you can donate we would appreciate it so much.
Sprinkler System Fund Raiser



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Saturday, April 9, 2016

4/9/2015

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Today is Annie’s Day. She is such a cutie and a very sweet cat. Most people know her because she does something pretty cool. Her tail curls up on her back unless she is relaxed and asleep.


Annie would like to thank all the wonderful supporters for all the great gifts they have sent from our  Amazon Smile wish list.
Thank you Debbie Wass for the litters!
Thank you Mary Kathleen Brown for the litters!
Thank you Kate Simmons for the litter!
Thank you James Hurst for the litter!
Thank you Karen Johnson for the litter!
Thank you Melissa Miles for the litter!
Thank you Marci Bork for the litter!






Thank you unnamed for all the cases of food!
Thank you Stephanie Cooper for the food!
Thank you Kelly Shedlock for the foods!
Thank you Doris Boyd for the foods!
Thank you Bonnie Grenier for the food!
Thank you Paul, Dan, Vee, Dreama, Darren and Arthur for the food!


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Thank you Margaret Misiewicz for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Harold Anderson for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Kristen Belyski for the foods!
Thank you Annette Osnos for the toys and food!
Thank you Sue Lawson for the food!

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Thank you Brian and Carrie for the headstone for Ray!
BCR has a wonderful memorial garden for all the kitties when they travel over to Rainbow Bridge. People will send little things to put out there to remember their favorite cat.
Thank you Donna for the food!
Thank you Keith Belski for all the foods!
Thank you Debbie Waas for the food!
Thank you Heather Null for the food!
Thank you Rosalyn Green for the Amazon Gift Card!

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Thank you Dena Kirkland for the food!
Thank you Melissa Miles for the litter!
Thank you Patricia de la Bretonne for the food!
Thank you  Laura Harper for the food and toys!
Thank you Michael Grotzke for the amazon gift card!
Thank you to all the unnamed people for the nutrical, food, litter, hand santizer, toys, catnip

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Amazon Gift Cards are great. We use them to buy all those extra things we need around BCR.
I hope you all enjoyed your newsletter today. What newsletter? Oh wait that’s right. You need to be signed up to get it. Sign up for Newsletter
Once again thank you for supporting BCR and the kitties.


The kitties do love their litter. This litter is really good for both our kitties and yours:

Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Litter, 20 Lbs

Arm & Hammer Super Scoop Litter, Unscented, 40 Lbs

Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat Litter, 20 Lbs



Sunday, April 3, 2016

4/7/2016

It's Rusty's Day today!




Rusty is a cute guy that kinda found BCR. He just came out of the woods and was eating the food that was there for the outside cats. Poor little fellow was full of fleas and tick and skinny and sick. Alana was able to pet him and pick him up. Well you know we say BCR works their magic and they did again on Rusty. Now he is a fine fellow that loves life at BCR so much so that we are all calling him Simba jr. If you know Simba you know he is the biggest cat at BCR right now. Rusty is trying to take his place we think. :)
You can read more about Rusty here: http://blindcats.org/rusty.htm
If you would like to sponsor Rusty or any of the cats you can do so here: https://blindcatrescue.com/sponsor.htm

Speaking of sponsors we would like to thank all you wonderful people out there for the gifts you have sent to the kitties this past week. Lots of food for these guys. They go through 120 cases of canned food a month. That is not counting the dry food. I can see why Rusty thought it was a good idea to let Alana bring him inside. :)

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When he first arrived.
Thank you Robert Rasmussen for the gifts from our amazon wish list!
Thank you Damia for the food!
Thank you Nicholas for the food!
Thank you Carolyn Gibbs for the postage stamps!
Thank you unnamed for the food and towels
Thank you Linda for the food and bird seed!
Thank you Jill for the bird seed?
Thank you Keith Belski for the foods!
Thank you Mary Whyte for the scratch & rests!
Thank you Eric Willis for the food!


Starting to fill in,  looking better

Thank you David Griebel for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the 6 cases of food from Chewy.com!
Thank you unnamed for the batteries and foods!
Thank you Diana Anzaldua for the foods and peroxide!
Thank you Harold Anderson for the food!
Thank you John Null for the food!
Thank you Greg Thompson for the foods!
Thank you Harold Anderson for the food!


Filled out and looking better.  Much healthier than when he arrived.


Thank you so much to everyone who donates so generously to the cats! 
We are very grateful for all you do for us!

                                                            

                                                         
                                                            


                                                            


                                                            


                                                            


                                                            


                                                            


                                                            

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

3/28/2016



MEET FIONA!

I had the chance to talk to one of my good friends Fiona Dudley this weekend. I ask her if she would tell her story about how she found out about BCR and what BCR means to her.
Her story starts off like most of ours. We usually find BCR on Facebook. Then as we get more curious we usually go to their webpage: Blind Cat Rescue where we start reading about all the wonderful kitties, what they do at BCR, how we can help out through Amazon Smile wishlist and sponsor kitties.

After this we find Ustream where we can watch the kitties in real time as well as see tours everyday of rooms full of happy cats. From personal experience you will be hooked after your first tour.


Fiona told me the first cat she saw on Ustream was Angel.
We all have our first cats :)
Below is her story of how BCR has changes her life.

Why I love Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary

I first found out about Blind Cat Rescue in 2012 by spotting an article/blog post about them on Facebook. I was instantly intrigued - a lifetime sanctuary for blind cats? I visited their website immediately, and learned that they also give forever homes to FeLV+ and FIV+ cats. All this was totally new to me.

At that time in my life, I was very stressed out. I was supporting our household as a self-employed  person, plus taking care of my mom who was very ill. I knew I needed to "escape" if even for a few days. Since BCR was looking for volunteers, I made a spur of the moment decision to visit them and put in some volunteer time.

I had no idea what to expect. So far, all I knew about were conditions in veterinarian practices and in shelters. Lots of noise, strange smells, and very busy people. When I first arrived at Blind Cat Rescue, I was immediately and pleasantly surprised by the calm atmosphere, impeccably clean conditions, and so many happy friendly cats who are obviously enjoying the good life.  They have everything they need there - a lovely home, caring loving staff, the best food, and all their medical needs met. Wow, I was instantly impressed!

I arrived ready to work. And boy did I work! Sure, I got my share of back aches and sore knees. My thanks go out to all the staff for helping to break in a "newbie" - the employees there are very friendly, helpful, forgiving, and appreciate having a little extra help.






By the time I got home from my first volunteer stint, I was hooked. I kept going back to volunteer. I started following BCR's website and Facebook presence as it grew. Before long they were live broadcasting streaming video, daily tours, and live "chat and boxes" time when generous gifts from supporters are opened, and thanks given. By now I'm an addict!

Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary's facility and mission are so unique, I felt I wanted to do more to support them. Since 2012 I've done a few wild and crazy things to help them raise donations. On "dares" I had all my hair shaved off, live and taped for posterity forever on the interwebs. I got my first tattoo (in my 50's) featuring their unique logo cat. I even broke my arm, jumping off a 30-foot high platform onto a stunt airbag as part of a contest! Thinking it was a bruise, I jumped a second time. Ah well, live and learn - but I would do it again for them. Nowadays I sponsor two cats - Pearl (blind and FIV+) for a friend of mine in Argentina, and Lisa the wild and crazy and very floofy blind, long-haired cow cat with 'tude. I send donations when I can, and participate in online contests and challenges to help them raise funds so these cats will always have a forever home.




I can't tell this story of mine without telling you about my own blind cat, Athena. Back in 2013,  a county shelter near Blind Cat Rescue had a kitten with a bad upper respiratory infection that had destroyed her eyes. She was slated for euthanasia. Blind Cat Rescue was unfortunately full up (they have NC legal limits on capacity) but the founder & owner, Alana, sent me a picture of Athena. I fell in love with her right away! With Alana's help, and help from her vet, Athena had her bad eyes removed and all her veterinary needs taken care of while I made plans to get down there and take home my new furkid. It took a village. A village I will forever be grateful for, especially Alana for practically dangling Athena in front of me!

Athnea - Fiona's Blind Cat

This brings up an important note about BCR. People often ask, are they available for adoption? Why don't you adopt them out! That's because BCR is a forever home that takes in some of the roughest cases - including cats who have been through very bad situations. These cats now have a home for the rest of their lives. That's why they do not adopt out - BCR is a forever home to cats who never knew one. BCR does, however, cross-post other cats in need and does a great deal in terms of community support for pets.

When my mom passed away in 2013, I found myself at loose ends in life. What do I do? I'm in my 50's, had given up my own business while taking care of mom, and was living on a thread. I had to decide how I would spend the rest of my life. I decided - it's about time I do something I really love. Blind Cat Rescue was my inspiration to go back to college and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I want to emphasize how important BCR was, and is, for changing my life.


Getting an award at school!


It's now 2016. I'm still in college, graduating in 2017. It's not an easy path but it is one I love - and I credit Blind Cat Rescue AND all the many very good friends I've made, all over the country and the world, for inspiring me, educating me, and supporting me through this journey.
Thanks Fiona for a wonderful testament to what BCR is all about. 


Thank you so much for all the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!
We couldn't do it with out your generosity!!  We are very grateful to you for all you do for the cats!

Thank you Helen Volk for the toys and scratch & Rest!
Happy Birthday Angie & Thank you for the toys!
Thank you Stephen for the foods & Toys!!
Thank you unnamed for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the dryer sheets & Blanket!
Thank you Stephen and Charity Logan for the Amazon Gift card!
Thank you Karen Lyons for the Amazon Gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the food!
Thank you Michael Tongish for the freshstep!!
Thank you Gail Kulikowsky for the glucose strips, toys and towels!
Thank you Heathermarie Brown for the foods and toys!
Thank you Anthony Cavin for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Jeremy Lucas for the scratch and rest!
Thank you  Diana Anzaldua for the food and scratch and rest
Thank you Judith Hinton for the food!
Thank you Emily and Charlie for the scratch and rests and for sponsoring Emily!
Thank you Greg Thompson for the towels!
Thank you unnamed for all the food!
Thank you Pete Harned  for all the neosporin!
Thank you unnamed for the neosporin!
Thank you Katie Auwaerter for the food!

Thank you Jeremy Lucas for the food and toys!