Friday, July 29, 2016

7/29/2016



Thank you so much once again to everyone that sent
things to the kitties this past week. If you would like
to send something to them through are
Amazom Wish List please click the link below:
Amazon Wish List

Thank you Vicky Graves for the litter, food and clorox clean up!
Thank you Cheung Nga Shan for the litter!
Thank you Leslie Adams for the food!

Thank you Lysa Peterson for the litter!
Thank you Elisabeth Vinal for the litter!
Thank you Linda Carden for the peroxide!

Thank you Lisa Alcock for the litter!
Thank you Yun Chen for the litter!
Thank you Virgina Schafer for the litter!


Thank you Elisabeth Vinal for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Debra Mattioli for the food!
Thank you unnamed for the TP and sanitizer!
Thank you Kate Pierschbacher for the calming collar!

Thank you Betsy Snider for the foods!
Thank you Sharon El-Saadi for the renal tablets!
Thank you Terry Medvick for all the amazon gift cards!
Thank you to the unnamed people for the peroxide!


Thank you Lysa Peterson for the litter!
Thank you Lisa Alcock for the foods!
Thank you Alan & Leslie Lapp for the litters!



Thank you Karen Cook for the peroxide and food!
Thank you Sheree Slaughter for the litters!
Thank you Virginia Schafer for the food!



Thank you Allyson for the renal support!
Thank you Debra Mattioli for the food!
Thank you Judith Hinton for the food!
Thank you Betsy Snider for the foods!
Thank you sarah M for the cat scratcher!




Thank you Karen Cook for the foods!
Thank you Richard for the food and calming collars!
Thank you Gail VanEtten for the foods!

Thank you Mari Arizumi Bregeon for the food!

Thank you Carolyn for the food!
Thank you Leanne Peake for the food!
Thank you Linda for the hand sanitizer and gloves!

Thank you Gayle Blackham for the peroxide!
Thank you Linda for all the calm collars!
Thank you Leslie Adams for the food!
Thank you Barbara Napoli for the foods!

Thank you Christina Gandley for the food!
Thank you Nancy Williams for the food!
Thank you Nancy Williams for the litter!
Thank you Mari Bregeon for the food!


Thank you Linda Carden for the peroxide!
Thank you Alan Lapp for the peroxide!
Thank you Karen Cook for the peroxide!

Thank you Richard for the food!
Thank you Marlene for the bed and medical supplies!
Thank you to the several unnamed people for the
peroxide, food and litter!


Again thank you everyone for your support. 
We have awesome supporters here at BCR. 
If you did not see your name it is because
 Amazon did not give us a packing slip. 
If you see something you sent without your
 name please email us and let us know at 
blindcat@blindcatrescue.com



Another one of our great supporters took the time to answer
a few questions for me about what makes BCR 
special to her. Sue Brandes like many or us follow BCR
by the Ustream and MeShare Cameras and the Facebook
live tours. She happens to live in the UK as many of
our supporters do. She also one day hopes to 
be able to come visit us here at BCR. 


I found BCR through a shared post of a cat that looked like mine who just passed away. I started watching and was hooked. You could tell the kitties were well taken care of and loved very much. It also brought my attention about blind cats, FELV, and FIV cats who I didn't know much about. My experience with BCR mostly has been sharing posts or voting and chatting with others about BCR. I wish to one day go there and meet the cats and Alana and staff. I love all the kitties even though I've never met them. I like that Alana keeps us up to date on the kitties and shares boxes,chat,and live streams. What makes it special to me it they are very caring and loving of the cats. Alana helps people to understand blind cats,FELV, and FIV deserve a chance at life too. I really feel strongly about BCR and what they do.

Thank you so much Sue for sharing a little bit of what BCR means to you.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

7/21/2016



We had a great Open House this past Saturday. Thank you
to everyone that came to hang out and pet 
the kitties. The kitties love when people
come to see them. We also had alot of goodies come from
our Amazon Wish list to the kitties. Below is a list of things
we got along with the people that sent them.
Remember you can send goodies to the kitties also
by going here: Amazon Wish List
Also if you shop on Amazon, please choose us at your
Amazon Smile Charity. 

If you see the items you sent us and it has unnamed on it, please 
email us and let us know you sent it. Amazon does not 
always include packing slips with the name of 
who sent the items. 



Thank you Debra Mattioli for all the  food!
Thank you Keith Belski for all the food!
Thank you Robin Jackson for the foods!

Thank you Debbie Wass for the food!
Thank you Pamela for the food!
Thank you unnamed for all the food, litter and deodorizer from chewy.com!


Thank you Samantha Vegano & Mr. Winston for the litter!
Thank you Barbara Drew for the food!
Thank you Ngayan Cheung Latham for the renal tabs!

Thank you Betsy Snider for the food!
Thank you Cheng Nga Shan for the litter!
Thank you Eric Bergen for the food!
Thank you Barbara Drew for the food!
Thank you Daniel Hallquist & Philip Arnold for the food!

Thank you E. Vest for the blankets and towels!
Thank you Sarah Mackey for the gift card!
Thank you Ted S for the food!
Thank you Lana D for the food!
Thank you Ted for the food!


Thank you William Harper for the revolution!
Thank you Emily Owens for the clorox clean up!
Thank you unnamed for the cat litter!

Thank you Martha for the food!
Thank you Gena for the cat tower!
Thank you Shelly Taylor for the foods!
Thank you K Lyons for the gift card!


Thank you Shelly Taylor for all the cat litters!
Thank you Judith Hinton for all the cat litters!
Thank you Amanda Grant for the renal support!

Thank you unnamed for the dry food!
Thank you Linda for the foods and deodorizer!
Thank you Fiona for the bed!
Thank you unnamed for the cases of food!

We have a reading program here at BCR.
We invite you to bring your kids and come 
read to the cats. You can come Monday -Saturday
from 12 to 4.  The cats love it and so do the kids.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Suzanne's Story



They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well to me this one speaks volumns. Everyone that looks at this picture I am sure will see something. It might be the same thing I see or it might be something different. What I see is the purest form of love there is.
The love of a person for a animal and a animal for a person, in this case a cat.
Plain and simple love. No expectations, no requirements, just love in the purest form. 

The person in the photo is Suzanne and the cat is Treasure. Suzanne to me is a person that I came to know myself through the BCR Ustream channel. She was one of the moderators that made me feel welcome when I myself first discovered BCR a couple years ago. She also was one of Treasure's sponsors before he passed on to the Rainbow Bridge from FELV. 


After Treasure passed, Suzanne went to BCR again. She wanted to sponsor 
another kitty. She spent several days there getting to know the newest kitties to see
if anyone picked her out. Along came Ziggy, also a FELV+ kitty.
Suzanne sponsored him and spent time with him at BCR. 


Sadly Ziggy also crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. He was not with us long 
but he touched our hearts as did Treasure. 

Again Suzanne made the journey to BCR recently and stayed for several days. She was
hoping once again for some special kitty to pick her and so one did. His name is Jerry. 
He has just recently joined the BCR family. 


After Suzanne came back home, I had the chance to ask her
how she discovered BCR. I also ask her what its like actually going there and 
volunteering and staying at the guest house as well as what BCR means to her.
Below is what she wrote to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



A few years ago, a Facebook friends feed had a picture of a pretty cat who appeared to be smiling at the camera with eyes closed.  I had never seen an expression quite like that before, so I probably clicked on a link.  I was taken to a website:  Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary.  There was a tab that said “Meet the Cats”, and so I began to investigate.  That cat was Angel – the longest resident at BCR, and she was blind.

Both of my cats (an enormous Maine Coon with fangs and a very vocal Siamese mix) had died some years ago, so I became hooked by the idea that I could give me support to a place that provided a Forever Home to blind, FIV+, and FeLV+ cats – the ones that would otherwise be euthanized at animal control facilities.  I continued to follow BCR online.

In the summer of 2014, I drove from Maryland to St. Pauls, NC to volunteer.  Upon arrival with a bottle of Kahlua for Alana in my arms, I entered one of the buildings and there was Mack! – big as life – in person!  There was something unique about seeing one of the cats I had been following in real life.  He was just lying there and began to chirp with that ‘tweety birds’ sound of his when I started to pet him.  I was delighted!

I stayed at the Guest House that visit (and all subsequent visits) with Julia, the college intern from Germany.  Precious and Lisa were there too.  Going around meeting all the cats and befriending one of Alana’s cats named Brian was a treat!  Lisa took a photo of me walking back to the Guest House with Brian.  I keep that photo as my profile picture on Facebook because it shows the beauty and peaceful surroundings of BCR.  It is a memory I cherish. 

Sponsoring a cat was a challenge for me because I couldn’t pick just one!  In time, I decided to let one pick me as a sponsor.  That kitty was Treasure.  What a wonderful experience!  I live in an apartment building that does not allow pets.  Tuning in to BCR multiple times a day including playing youtube videos and live feeds for my students (I’m a high school science teacher) continued to feed the connection I felt to Treasure.  He took the place of a pet albeit virtually.  Leukemia finally took its toll and Treasure mercifully went back to his maker via the Rainbow Bridge with Alana holding him.  I still get misty when the song Radar Love plays on the radio.  It was ‘our song’ as any of the BCR chatters know.

Next I sponsored Ziggy.  One night during chat /boxes, a new kitty was being named.  Ziggy was the name chosen.  Another moderator and I joked about David Bowie and Ziggy Stardust.  Next day I saw the headlines that David Bowie had just passed.  In a too-short time, leukemia claimed Ziggy too.  I miss his antics and slightly-crossed eyes.
Again, I decided to let a kitty choose me as sponsor on this most recent visit.  It was close as a few really vied for my attention including Rusty and Tom.  But Jerry won out – with that unique way of meowing at me and moving his head to watch me in the lobby.  Chris said that he can be silent until I come in the door and he starts with that crazy meow of his!  It sounds like a feline ‘yoo-hoo?'!  

I’ve made several trips to BCR to volunteer and to be refreshed.  When the school year is over, I can hardly wait to get to BCR and do some physical work to get the stress build-up out of my body and let the healing purrs soothe my soul.  The location is so beautiful and peaceful too.  Yes, life does slow down and I feel as though I become a whole person again – caring for nature and basking in the unconditional love of cats.




Thank you so much Suzanne for taking the time to send this to me, for everything
you do for BCR and for sponsoring Jerry.
(Gena Anderberg)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

7/13/2016


Thank you once again to everyone that sent
wonderful goodies to the kitties. If you
would like to send something you can do so
from our Amazon Wish List here:
http://ow.ly/4nbLGs
If you sent something and do not see your
name, that is because Amazon did
not include a packing slip. Thank you so 
much though and know that we got your
items.
As always we like to include some pictures of the kitties
along with the blog post so hope you enjoy :)

Thank you Cali Sanford for the Amazon gift card!
Thank you Janis for the litter, foods and syringes!
Thank you Terry Medvick for all  the foods and toys!

Thank you Shaz Louise Clarke for the food!
Thank you Linda for all the treats for the humans!
Thank you Linda for all the office supplies!



Thank you F.M Wosczyna for the renal support!
Thank you Barbara Drew for the renal support!
Thank you Linda for the food and litter deodorizer!


Thank you to the several unnamed people for the food!  Amazon did not give
us packing slips or your names.
Thank you for your kindness!
Thank you Debbie Wass for the bleach and litter



Thank you Louise Clarke & Cous Cous for the food!
Thank you Cheung Nga Shan for all the food and litter deodorizer!
Thank you for the food and treats for the humans!

Thank you to the kind unnamed people who sent
food, paper towels,
first aid cream and litter for the cats!
Amazon did not tell us who you are!!


Once again thank you for all your gifts 
to the kitties this past week.
Please make sure you get your Click of the Day in this week too.
This week the clicks are worth 5 cents per click.
We post 2 daily reminders, one in the morning and
one at night so you won't forget.
Daily Click

Tomorrow there will be another special 
blog update with a letter from a supporter
and friend so please check tomorrow
as well. 
Thank you so much to Cheryl our BCR Screen Shot Ninja
for taking all these great pics during tours. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

7/4/2016

Happy 4th of July!!


       
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Thank you as always for your gifts for the kitties.
 If you would like to send them something you can go to our
 Amazon Wish List here: http://ow.ly/4nbLGs

Thank you unnamed for the renal support!
Thank you Linda Carden for all the bottles of renal support!
Thank you unnamed for the food!

Thank you Linda Carden for the vitamins & Renal care medicine!
Thank you Dawn Naska for the climber!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the grave stone!



Thank you Gary Tanger for the food!
Thank you Tamara & Milliken Clowder for all the foods!
Thank you Linda Carden for all the syringes!
Thank you Suzanne Coholic for the amazon gift card!
Thank you Liz Kulis for all the toys!

Many of you might know this next person or you might have
seen her last month at BCR if you watch
our tours or live feeds on Ustream or Meshare. 

Amy and Jane took their vacation and went to stay at Blind Cat Rescue for 4 days.
During that time they worked every morning with the staff cleaning
 each room and catio. During the afternoons they helped with
tours and played with the kitties. On the nights Chris was there
 they also helped her with the kitties and tours and boxes. 

I wanted to share some pictures that they took while
 they where at BCR along with a letter Amy
sent to me about how she found BCR and what BCR has meant to her. 

About 2 years ago while we were on vacation I was watching
 different cat videos on my computer and came upon Blind Cat Rescue.
I started looking at their web page and saw a link for a live camera
on ustream and I thought I'd see what that was all about. 

Alana and Chris were chatting with people online.
I joined in and was immediately welcomed by them and all the chatters.
 I remember Suzanne telling me that I was going to be addicted
to BCR and she was right.  I really enjoy chatting with  everyone because all
the people I've met  are so friendly and caring. I have also learned so much
good information about cats from listening to Alana.



 I started learning all the cat's names from watching tours when
I could. Lisa and Autumn in room 4 were the first
cats that really drew me in. All these cats have their own unique
personalities and I really enjoyed watching them and seeing how they
were doing each day.

Due to my work schedule I only get to watch tours
 on weekend days and some evenings but now thanks
 to the videos I can watch all of them when I have time.

I've been wanting to visit BCR for quite a while so Jane and I
planned a trip and drove down. We were able to stay
 at the guest house on the premises which was absolutely perfect because
we didn't have to do anymore driving and could walk back to it anytime we wanted.
The guest house was a lot bigger than I expected and all we had
 to bring was food to eat.


We were able to hang out in 
the evening with the night employee of the month 
Miss Chris and help her scoop litter boxes, wash food dishes, play 
with all the kitties and tagged along on the live tour.


 In the morning we went to help clean the rooms. 

Miss Kitty showed me how they cleaned all the rooms every day
 and we helped out as much as we could. The staff works
 very hard to keep each room spotless and they do an incredible job.



After all the cleaning was done they took the cat's weight, trimmed
 claws and cleaned ears. We loved going to each room and spending 
time with the cats. They are the most lovable cats 
I've ever been around. 
They are so happy to be with you and it's really therapeutic to spend time 
with them. We had a great time on our trip there


We really enjoyed getting to know Alana and the wonderful staff at BCR. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and we can't wait to return for another visit!


Thank you so much Amy and Jane for coming to spend time
with us here at BCR. We had a great time meeting you and
just hanging out together. Thank you so much
for your help every morning with the kitties. We know
cleaing is not easy but you guys jumped
right in and did it like you had been here
before. We certainly hope you will
come back and see us again as soon as you can. 

Thank you again to everyone that donates and supports the
kitties here at BCR. We could not do this without you
our supporters. We hope everyone has a great 4th of July.
Remember to be safe and take your
pets in before the fireworks start.