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!



Friday, March 25, 2016

03/24/2016

Chester is happy about all the goodies from our supporters. 
Thank you so much for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!
http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
Thank you Carol Boshears for the cave beds!
Thank you Connie H for the foods, peroxide, masks!
Thank you Gary Belton for the amazon gift card!
Thank you unnamed for the laundry soap, peroxide, dish soap, toys, and food!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the nasal spray!
Thank you Gayle Blackham for the food and laundry soap!





Ciao from Italy, Snicker ! I'm Summer, a blind 6 year old cat, and my human mum (who is sponsoring Camille) would like to know how to play with me, what are the best toys or ways of interacting with cats who only see with their hearts :-) Thank you, purrs to you all ! Summer =^.^=

Hi Summer, Aww thank you for adopting a blind kitty into your homes and your hearts and thank you so much for sponsoring Camille. Us blind kitties do love to play. We play just like our friends that can see.   People always say they would never know we where blind if they where not told. We have great hearing and smelling senses so we know where our toys are. Here are some of our favorite toys at BCR








Toys that make noise are always good







Dont forget about our contests too.
~*~*~ LAST DAY ~*~* Contest - We hope you will nominate the blind, FIV & FELV+ cats! ♥ http://www.hsn.com/content/HSN%20Cares/135
Scroll down and click the button that says "$1,000 A Day Give Away" Only 1 entry per person - last entry day is TODAY! The info you will need for the survey is in the picture below :) Thank you for helping and please share. **NOTE - Non-US people may nominate us - just use our phone number (in the photo) when it asked for a US phone number.



Chester the pester hopes you will click today to help the blind, FIV & FELV+ cats :) http://shopforyourcause.com/click-to-donate/donate?ctd=4#
Your daily click raised over $700 last month! That buys a lot of food for the cats!!
Please tell your friends also. 





Also we are raising money to put a much needed sprinkler system in our buildings. 
Please if you can donate even if its only 5 dollars. It all adds up.
Share and tell your friends and family to help as well.
 Please donate now! Fundraiser Link=> http://ow.ly/ZHnQO
or our PayPal address is blindcatsanctuar@aol.com
 (yes there is no Y at the end of "Sanctuary")
We ask will you please help us with this fundraiser
 to help keep the blind, FELV and FIV+ kitties safe.
Thank you for caring and sharing!!                




Wednesday, March 23, 2016

3/24/2016



Serena is just one of the amazing cats at BCR. She is very thankful for all the great goodies that everyone sends to BCR.
Thank you so much for your support and your gift from our Amazon Wish List


Amazon Wish List 
Thank you Greg Thompson for the foods!
Thank you unnamed for the masks, gloves, scratch and rests, toys and food!
Thank you unnamed for the paper!
Thank you Geraldine Shifflet for the foods and dishsoap!
Thank you Lois Schippling for the food and toys!

Thank you Diane Sullivan  for the food!
Thank you Suanne Hoats for the food!
Thank you Gena for the collar!
Thank you Alyson Tellier for the piller!
Thank you Lori Neglio for the food!

Amazon Wish List 
Thank you Bochra Drissi for the food!
Thank you Tamara and Eli Milliken for the foods, toys and water filters!
Thank you Suzanne Hoats for the food!
Thank you Alaine DeLaunay for the food and scratch and rest!
Thank you Goran Sandbrg for the food and masks!

Thank you Janice for the food and masks!
Thank you Sarah and Jazmin for the food, toys and syringes!
Thank you Babara Drew for the toys!
Thank you Diane Howaard for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Robert Mason for all the Amazon gifts cards!!
Thank you unnamed for the laundry soap and  betadine, crystal litter,
 bird seed, toilet paper, computer paper, food, toys and bed.
Thank you David Griebel for the food!
Thank you uunamed for all the food from chewy!
Thank you unnamed for the food

Amazon Wish List 
Thank you Gloria Scott for the scratchers!
Thank you  Rae, Dan and Casey Wooten for all the food and scratcher pads!
Thank you Linda for the bird seed and dish soap!
Thank you  Rae Wooten for the toys and scratcher replacement pad!
Thank you the David family for the toys!
Thank you unnamed for the peroxide, dishsoaps, food and wipes!

Thank you Goran Sandberg for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Lori Neglio for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Kristen Bloschak for the food!
Thank you Suzanne Cartwright for the food!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the freshstep!

Thank you Mike Tongish for the freshstep!
Thank you Rae, Dan and Casey Wooten  for the scratcher pads and food!
Thank you Debbie Wass for the freshstep!
Thank you unnamed for the foods, betadyne, fortiflora,
cleaning solution, peroxide, wasp spray, brid food, terry clothes, laundry soap

Thank you Virginia Edmonds for the laundry soaps!
Thank you Heather D. for the food, toys and masks!
Thank you Charles for the food!
Thank you Lana Daniels for the food!
Thank you Micahel Tongish for the freshstep!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

3/23/2016


 Lisa



Its been about 2 years now since I found what I think is the best place on earth and on the internet.  I am just like so many of you looking on facebook during the day. Looking at tons of different fan pages that catch my eye. As you all know, cats have taken over not just facebook but virtually the whole internet. They are in our news feeds from our friends sharing fan pages, videos, and pictures.They are being tweeted,instagramed, blogged, pinterested, youtubed, and any where else you can find online you will probably find a cat picture.
So that is how it all started for me. I saw the picture of a cat in facebook from a group called Blind Cat Rescue. It was this big fluffy kitty that looked almost like my cats. Of Course I had to go check it out. I learned that her name was Lisa and she was blind. She was a very sick little kitty when BCR got her. You could not tell it now though.
She is a very sweet girl that loves people and loves to play.

So as I found out more and more about BCR through their webpage and Facebook fan page. I also discovered that they did live tours several times a day. Someone that worked at BCR would go around with a camera and video the cats and play with them, pet them, and tell you their names and something about them. These tours lasted between 30 and 45 mins.
They where done on Ustream. Also you could chat with other people watching the tours. I am a bit shy when it comes to chatting in chat groups like this. At first I just lurked as we call it.I watched the cats and the chat but did not say anything. I watched how everyone was so nice to everyone when they logged into chat. Every greeted everyone with smiles and hearts.

Eventually I said hi and was immediately welcomed to the group and told to just jump in and ask questions or whatever. I felt right at home immediately. Every day I started watching the Ustream live feed to see the cats and then watching the tours as I could. I was becoming more and more hooked. As I got to know the people that chatted on Ustream as well as the staff that also chatted with us as they where doing the tours, I knew this was a very special cat rescue center.

Although I am from the US, I live in Sweden now. So going to actually volunteer in person is not that easy. I started out by supporting BCR in sending gifts to the cats from their Amazon wish list.
Then I decided I wanted to become a sponsor to one of the kitties. When you become a sponsor you pick a cat and for 30 dollars a month you get pictures of your cat sent to you in the mail as well as letters with updates.You get a nice Christmas picture of your cat also.The money goes towards helping to feeding them and any vet bills they might have There are many many ways you can donate and help the cats no matter where you live in the world. 

Then I wanted to help even more. Since I do graphic and web design I started just taking pictures of the cats and doing graphics with them. I send the owner of BCR, Alana Miller a email and ask her if I could volunteer some time in this way to help her and the cats. It started out by me just making a picture for the cat of the day. Then I started making more pictures for different things, helping with her cafe press store and things of that nature. I also started helping her with her social media as well. So right now I am working as a volunteer from half way around the world. I love knowing that I am helping the cats as much as I can.

There are so many ways you can help the kitties at BCR. You can sponsor a cat or as many as you want. You can become a sustainer and just send whatever you can afford every month. You can go to Amazon and send items from their wish list or send something else to the kitties like beds, toys, climbers. You can help us on facebook by clicking on the contests we post so we can win money for the kitties or products.
Also one big thing you can do is please like and share all our posts on Facebook. You can never share too much. 

So please come join us on Ustream to watch the kitties at: http://www.ustream.tv/blindcatrescue
Come read about the kitties and how you can help at our website: https://www.blindcatrescue.com/
Send us something  from our wishlist on Amazon: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

Do I plan to go over and visit BCR and the kitties. Absolutely. In 2017 sometime for about 2 weeks.
Until then I will be watching online and helping where I can.

Gena

Thursday, March 17, 2016

3/17/2016


Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Thank you for the gifts from our Amazon Wish list!!

We are so grateful to everyone that donates so generously to the cats
from our Amazon wish list!!  We couldn't do it with out you!

This long list is from many days :)

Thank you Amanda Green for the food!
Thank you Andrea Day for the toys and litter!
Thank you Becky Magnuson for the water filters!
Thank you Christina Gandley for the syringes, food, gloves, towels, 
water pump, ink, wasp spray and dish soap!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the blankets and food!
Thank you Deb and Rough Draft Book blog for the gift card!
Thank you Debbie Hutchison for the peroxide, towels,
 thermometer covers, ear cleaner and syringes!
Thank you Faith Nelson for the toys, food, scoopers, and mask!
Thank you Faith Nelson for the toys, syringes, masks, scoops, and food!
Thank you Gail Yeats for the banana bed!
Thank you Greg Thompson for the syringes, towels and masks!
Thank you Jake Lamb for all the foods and fortiflora!
Thank you June Henry for the food!
Thank you Justin Ward for the banana bed!
Thank you Karen Foldenauer for the food and toys!
Thank you Larry Magoon for the food!
Thank you Linda for the trail mixes for the humans!
Thank you Mary Terry, Lily and Ziggy for the syringes and toys!
Thank you Melissa Jones for the bed!
Thank you Reagen Wilson for the piller, food and syringes!
Thank you Sarah and Jazmin for the banana bed!
Thank you Stanley, Ollie, Yeti and Jerry Garcia Hunt for the  banana bed!
Thank you Tamara Milliken for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the foods, dishwashing soap, face masks, scoopers,  water pumps, thermometer covers, peroxide, and syringes.






3/1/2016

Thank you so much for the gifts from our Amazon wish list!!

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH



Thank you Alice Cherry  for the food, toys and gas drops!!
Thank you Loretta Mannion for the food!
Thank you Leigh Bradford the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Linda for all the office supplies and garden supplies!!


Thank you to the several unnamed for the soccer balls, syringes, food and cat litter!
Thank you Linda C. for the prescription food!
Thank you Sherri Rivette for the Amazon Gift Card!




THANK YOU  Everyone that voted for the cats to win in the Valley Auto World 
Contest!  You won it for the cats!!   Thank you Valley Auto World for giving
the cats this opportunity!!




Shirts for sale!!  Show you are a crazy cat lady
with your cat shirt,  these cats are special,  they are blind!

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/blind-cat-kitty-fund

All proceeds will help the blind kitties :)



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

3/16/2016



A wonderful article about moving with your cat,  well worth reading :)



Thank you so much to everyone for their gifts from our Amazon wish list!

This is from over a week!




Thank you Andrea Day for the toys and litters!
Thank you Ann Marie Figiel for the food!
Thank you Alexander Tindall for the syringes and food!
Thank you Amy Weber for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Barbara Drew for the toys!
Thank you Bochra Drissi for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Chrissy Raybine, Julius & Ty for the toys and collars!
Thank you Christine Gloeckner for the toys and syringes!
Thank you Erin Trejo for the litter scooper!
Thank you Gail Yeats for the food and fountains!
Thank you Gloria Phillips for the food!
Thank you Heidi Lepisto for the Sharps container
Thank you Heidi Stuck for the foods, syringes and water filters!
Thank you Jacob Lamb for the food!
Thank you Jake Lamb for the pink bed!
Thank you June Henry for the food and fortiflora!
Thank you Kathleen Lapinski for the litter scoop!
Thank you Kerstin for the syringes!
Thank you Kerstin Miller for the food!
Thank you Laura Weyer for the laundry soap and filters!
Thank you Linden Carden for the thermometer covers!
Thank you Lisa, Zeb, Bumblee & Frankie Mikula for the food!
Thank you Mary Terry, Mandy & Lily for the food!
Thank you Mary Terry, Mandy and Lily for the food & bed!
Thank you Megan for the food!
Thank you Melissa Ingramm for the litter!
Thank you Melissa Jones for the fortiflora!
Thank you Nina Cartagena-Pruden for the food, syringes, pill popper and toys
Thank you Rebcca Mowery for the cat litter!
Thank you Rosalyn Green for the food!
Thank you Sandy Brown for the food!
Thank you Sheila Hallett for the food!
Thank you Shelah Reisman for the food!
Thank you Stanley, Ollie, Yeti and Jerry Garcia Hunt for the  food!
Thank you unnamed for all the food, syringes, masks, food, laundry soap!
Thank you unnamed for the banana bed!


Thank you to everyone that came to open house this weekend!









Friday, March 11, 2016

3/11/2016

Finally — Vet Study OKs FIV+ and
 FIV- Cats Living Together

The study in the Veterinary Journal shows FIV is difficult to transmit. How many cats' lives have been lost because people believed the opposite?

Finally the long term study agrees what we have all said,  FIV neg and  Positive cats can live together without problems!   Please print this out and hand it to your vet!

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-health-vet-study-fiv-positive-cats-living-together





Thank you for your generosity and donations from our wish list for the cats!!  We are very grateful to you for your kindness!   https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH

Thank you Richard Billings for the food!
Thank you Carly Wilcox for the foods!
Thank you Mary Ann Boyd for the toys and gas drops!
Thank you John Marino for the food and litter!
Thank you Julie Ann Robinson for the fortiflora!
Thank you Bethany F for the syringes!
Thank you Andrea Day for the gas drops!
Thank you Linda C for the gas drops!





Thank you Scarlett Langley, Snowball, and Sonnet for the Amazon Gift card!
Thank you Erin Parrish for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Deirdre Murphy for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you MaryJo Gibbs for the Amazon Gift Card!
Thank you Ann Marie Figiel for the food!
Thank you Valerie and  Christopher Reho for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the beautiful blankets, scratch and rests, food and toys!
Thank you Greg for the foods and toys!


Thank you Melissa Ingramm for the gas drops!
Thank you Mary Ann Boyd for the scratch and rest!
Thank you Jon Prescott for the food!
Thank you Kevin for the toys!
Thank you Andrea Day for the food!




Only 5 more days! Get your shirt before they're gone!
 Order now: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/blind-cat-kitty-fund
Get this one of a kind special edition shirt or hoodie. 
Features Angel, Camille, Fred, Snicker, Honey and more! art emoticon
 All proceeds go to help the blind, FIV & FELV+ cats! Please Share!







Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2/29/2016



VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!

We need someone that can write good articles for the blog!
Please email Alana@blindcatrescue.com
if you can help and please send a sample article :)
Thank you for helping!!



You are invited to open house  3/12/2016  at the shelter in St Pauls NC
Or Join us virtually on our Ustream and MeShare cameras!!




Thank you so much to all the wonderful people who sent gifts for the cats!!
We are so grateful to you!


Thank you Carina Bergdahl for the syringes and food!
Thank you unnamed for the laundry soap!
Thank you Taryn for the gas drops!
Thank you Carrie Worth for the foods!
Thank you Emily & Charlie for the food and scratcher!



                              http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
Thank you Belinda Gill for the food!
Thank you Goran for the syringes and toys!
Thank you Scarlett Yoas for the toys, fortiflora, syringes and cord cover!
Thank you Gayle Blackham for the foods!
Thank you Kim Kerwood for the food!



                       http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
Thank you Julie Ann Robinson for the food!
Thank you Erika, Gio & Kitties for the laundry soap, syringe, cord protectors, toys, scratch and rest!
Thank you Kimberly Martin for the scratch and  rest and springs!
Thank you Sally Linn for the foods!
Thank you Valerie and Christopher Reho for the food!





Thank you Mittsee and Zoltar for the foods!
Thank you Kimberly Martin for the food!
Thank you Rebecca Criste for the food!!
Thank you Francis McArdle for the foods!

Thank you Susan Bosworth for the syringes!
Thank you Joanna's Cat for the food!
Thank you Chris Gloeckner and  kittes for the Scratch and  Rest!
Thank you Carrie Worth for the food!

 http://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH
Thank you unnamed for the fortiflora, mini shark bed, cord covers and syringes!
Thank you Mandy Cooper for the cat collars!
Thank you unnamed for the foods and fortiflora!
Thankyou Zach Shiver for the food!